Promoting, supporting, and strengthening children’s earliest relationships
prenatal to age six



Heidi Maderia 
CT Association for Infant Mental Health 


Thursday, December 16,  2021, 9:00am-4:00pm

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   CT-AIMH 2021 Virtual Fall Conference

Thursday, December 16, 2021


 Title: Infant Mental Health and the Diversity-Informed Tenets:      How the power of rituals and routines can protect infant and young children’s mental health under high-risk conditions and how widening our understanding of the rights of infants helps us to form connections and see all infants, young children and their families as both citizens of the world and of our communities.


 Dr. Marva L. Lewis, PhD, IMH-EŽ

BioMarva L. Lewis, has her PhD in sociocultural psychology, and she is an Associate Professor at the Tulane University School of Social Work in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is Founder and Director of the Place for Natural Connections that provides community-based interventions, promoting hair combing interaction as a naturalistic and culturally valid opportunity to strengthen parent-child attachment. In 2011, she was commissioned by the National Zero to Three Safe Baby Court Teams to conduct training on historical trauma of slavery and racial disparities in the child welfare system. She is currently a consultant and member of the Zero to Three, National Advisory Board of the Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams.  


                                  Susan Schnitzer, President/CEO                                   The Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI)

Susan Schnitzer Named President and CEO of Connecticut Institute for  Refugees and Immigrants - Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants

For 103 years, the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants has built a legacy of leadership, compassionate service and effective advocacy for immigrants, refugees and survivors of human trafficking and torture. We have consistently remained true to our mission to serve and empower new Americans to thrive in Connecticut. At the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, we strengthen lives and our communities, demonstrate resilience in meeting the evolving needs of generations of immigrants into Connecticut, and have an enduring presence in the community.

Anticipated Audience: 

Social workers, early interventionists, home visitors, early child care providers, clinicians, pediatricians, nurses, health professionals, child welfare, etc...

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Important Information for Registering:

  • In order for you to take advantage of the CT-AIMH Member Rate to attend the Conference, you must be a CURRENT 2021 CT-AIMH Member (
  •  CT-NASW: 6 CECs are pending.  
  •  Payment  for the conference must be received on or before December 2, 2021, unless arranged ahead of time with Heidi Maderia (      
  • Refunds can not be issued after December 2, 2021.


We are thankful to our sponsors:

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Head Start State Collaboration Office


CT Office of Early Childhood


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CT Department of Children and Families