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Managing Bumps in the IECMH Road

September 21 @ 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

  • This OneOp Early Intervention webinar series:
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Professionals: This webinar provides 1.5 PDUs towards CFCS from the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences.
  • Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: Has been approved for 1.5 CE credits is being sought for Social Work, LPCs, and LMFTs 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
  • Certificate of attendance

Event Materials

Webinar Slides (PDF)

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