Infant Mental Health: Basic Principles and Long-Term Impact of Childhood Trauma into Adulthood

Presenter: Jeff Shearer, LCSW, ACSW, M-CAP 

Date/Time: Friday, October 11, 2019, 9 am - 4 pm 

Location: FAU Boca Raton Campus, Room TBD

Cost: $175; $150 Early Bird until September 27, 2019
A limited number of seats have been reserved for students with a special $125 rate until September 27. Use Promo Code IMHStudent at checkout. 

CEUs: 6


Infant Mental Health is a growing field of clinical practice that examines the relationship between the parent-child dyad. By working with infants and children 0-5 years old, early interventions have proven impactful in reducing mental health issues as these children enter adolescence and adulthood. Since brain development occurs rapidly in this age group, clinicians can make a measurable positive impact on the lives of these children. 

Pioneered in the United States by the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, and adopted by seventeen States and three countries, this treatment modality has proven to be a game changer in the field of mental health. Clinicians are now able to achieve Endorsement ® through an innovative program that involves classroom instruction and ongoing Reflective Supervision with a highly trained and vetted Reflective Supervisor. The State of Florida is adopting this Endorsement® in January of 2020. 

This Endorsement® will allow clinicians to improve outcomes in clients and prepare the clinician to be on the cutting-edge of mental health practice. 

Learning Objectives: 

1. Understanding basic principles of Infant Mental Health (IMH). 
2. Learning the impact of infant trauma on neurobiology and brain architecture.
3. Understanding attachment theories as it relates to trauma.
4. Understanding how early childhood trauma impacts the life span.
5. Understanding the basic principles and application of Reflective Practice in the mental health of the parent-child dyad.
6. Learning the qualifications and requirements for Endorsement® as Infant Mental Health Practitioners (IMH-E®).

About the Presenter: 

Jeff Shearer, LCSW, ACSW, M-CAP. Mr. Shearer earned his Master’s in Social Work from Florida State University in 1992 and attained his LCSW in 1994. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and is a Certified Addictions Professional credential from the Florida Certification Board, as well as Nationally Roster Child Parent Psychotherapist. Mr. Shearer is the Chief Executive Office and co-founder of Tykes & Teens, Inc. in Stuart, Florida and agency that provides counseling services to infants, children, adolescents and their families. 

Small Print: 

FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work is an approved provider of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, the Florida Board of Psychology and the Florida Board of Nursing (BAP #50-6251).

If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations please complete the Application for Support Services and submit with documentation of your disability to mshaw@health.fau.edu. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) will process the application and contact you to discuss your accommodation needs. SAS requires that this information be provided at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Professional Development Course, so that we have sufficient time to set up the accommodations requested. Thank you!

Participants must be present for the entire training to receive CEUs. Partial CEU credit will not be given.

Refunds minus a $30 administrative fee allowed for cancellations up to 14 days prior to workshop. No refunds after 14 days prior to workshop. Refunds or transfers to other course dates may be permitted in cases of documented personal or immediate family medical emergency, when the same course is being offered on multiple dates, at the discretion of the Professional Development Coordinator. Registrations may not be transferred to another individual. Printed course materials will only be provided to those who attend the course. To request a refund or transfer, please contact Sara Dochterman at sdochter@fau.edu.

If you have any questions about Professional Development please contact Sara Dochterman at sdochter@fau.edu or 561-297-6680. 


Friday, October 11, 2019 at 9:00am to 4:00pm

Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work

Event Type

Lecture, Lectures, colloquia, seminars, etc., Workshops/trainings




$175; $150 Early Bird until September 27, 2019. A limited number of seats have been reserved for students with a special $125 rate until September 27. Use Promo Code IMHStudent at checkout.

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