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Image of a map with a camera and passport and the series title That's the Ticket: Exploring Infant and early Childhood Mental HealthAbout the Series:

Infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) refers to the development of secure relationships with adults and peers, the ability to manage and express a range of emotions, and explore their environment in the context of their family, community, and culture (Zero to Three, 2017). This four-part webinar series for 2023 defines IECMH and provides participants with important knowledge, awareness, strategies, and tools to support the healthy socioemotional development of children ages birth to 5 years old.

These free webinars are easy to join and offer continuing education credits. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions, but it is not necessary. Webinars are recorded and archived for later viewing if live attendance is not possible.

To RSVP for a webinar use the links below!

Series Schedule

Unpacking Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH)

  • On demand viewing available!

Making the Journey Towards Healthy Attachment

  • On demand viewing available!

Managing Bumps in the IECMH Road

  • On demand viewing available!

IECMH: Practical Strategies to Support Attachment Relationships

  • On demand viewing available!


Professor Kelly Bost, Ph.D. is a faculty member in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and an Affiliate of the Family Resiliency CenterCenter for Social and Behavioral Research, and Personalized Nutrition Initiative.  Her research examines how families and parent-child attachment relationships impact children’s socioemotional and health-related outcomes using multi-method approaches. Dr. Bost’s work is advancing knowledge about the role of parenting quality and emotion regulation in the development of healthy relationships and behaviors. Her research cuts across disciplinary boundaries to examine complex interactions between biological and family factors to ultimately improve the health and well-being of children and families.

Samantha Iwinski is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She works closely with Dr. Kelly Bost to help examine how families and parent-child relationships impact children’s development, specifically their executive function abilities, emotion regulation, and eating behaviors. Within her interdisciplinary research, she also investigates how the household environment, routines, and attachment relationships may influence a child’s development. She works on several projects combining applied research with outreach efforts to provide knowledge to the community in hopes of improving the development and health of children and families.

Brandie Bentley holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, and has extensive experience working alongside community-led initiatives to promote systems-level change that supports the health and well-being of local families. Her research examines maternal and child health inequities, with a particular emphasis on understanding the experiences of people with disabilities.

Dora Watkins is a third year Ph.D. student in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the founder of The Healing Project, a grassroots organization and service project dedicated to social justice and collective healing through the fusion of research and art — centering the lived experiences of Black and other racialized women. Dora’s research interrogates discourses of psychological resilience among racialized groups and its impact on mental health and mental health help-seeking.

Tweety Yates, Ph.D. works on the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) Grant at the University of Illinois and The National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning (NCECDTL) contract through Vanderbilt University. She is also a consultant and faculty for the Pyramid Model Consortium. She has been involved in early childhood professional development for over 35 years. 

Continuing Education
  • This OneOp Early Intervention webinar series offers CE credits through the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois.
  • Additional continuing education credits may be offered throughout this series. Please check the event page of each session in the box above for details.

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