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Managing Bumps in the IECMH Road

September 21, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

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About This Webinar:

Research has shown that family stress can have significant short- and long-term impacts on infant early childhood mental health (IECMH). This can be especially true for military families who experience unique stressors related to deployment, such as frequent moves, the disruption of routines and relationships, and long periods of separation. Providers play a critical role in offering family-centered support and guidance that can help promote positive IECMH outcomes. In this webinar, presenters discuss effective strategies for addressing family stress, the impact of cultural differences on stress management, and what to do if you suspect maltreatment. Also included are opportunities for hands-on application, discussion, and networking with other professionals in the field.


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.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

Continuing Education

  • Early Interventionists and Early Childhood Educators: This webinar offers 1.5 continuing education (CE) credits through the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois through 12/31/2024.
  • Illinois Early Care & Education Providers: This webinar is a Gateways to Opportunity Registry-approved Training for early care and education professionals in Illinois through 12/31/2024.
  • Certified Family Life Educators: This webinar has been approved for 1.5 continuing education (CE) credits from the National Council on Family Relations through 9/21/2026.
  • Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS): This webinar has been approved for 1.5 continuing education (CE) credits from the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) through 9/21/2024.
  • Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists:  This webinar has been approved for 1.5 continuing education (CE) credits from the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, MI, NY, ND, OH, OK though 9/21/25.
  • Certificate of Attendance

Event Materials

Webinar Slides (PDF)

Additional Resources

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September 21, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
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