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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Did you know 25-30% of infants under the age of 5 are at risk of developing some form of emotional, social and/or behavioural disorder? The challenges we often see in children and youth are actually initiated in the first 12-18 years of life, which go unnoticed until developed into larger difficulties later on. With the limited data, understanding and awareness on infant mental health that is in the scope of helping professionals, many of us are in fact underqualified and lack the knowledge and appropriate training to provide adequate support to the infant, children and youth population. The rate of children and youth wellbeing can be increased if infant mental health is given its due attention in the early years of development. As service providers to the children and youth population, we have an augmented responsibility to become aware of the critical areas that may have impacted the development of young folks and their mental health, as a means to better understand their experiences. Let’s work together to promote child and youth well-being by becoming aware of Infant Mental Health! 


The Continuous Professional Learning Committee (CPLC) is excited to bring the Foundations in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Practice Lecture Series to the members of the Children and Youth Planning Table! This $350.00 value, 15-part series focuses on promoting early mental health and wellbeing during the first 1,000 days of life. The series aims to raise awareness and understanding of the unique needs of infants and toddlers in order to promote healthy social-emotional development in the early years and reduce the likelihood of poor mental and physical health outcomes in youth and childhood. 


How to Register:

Registration is now open and will remain open until 2022,  click here to learn more and register. Please ensure you register as Guest specifying Conestoga PRC (as the Host Agency). A unique email must be used upon registration for access to the session handouts, and to receive session details and reminders. You will also be required to create a personal user account at to access the recorded content. You will have access to the 15  Live webinars, which are scheduled to launch every 2-3 weeks between January and August 2020. Furthermore, you will have access to the recorded videos until September 2022 to view the lectures at your own pace or to revisit the material for your own learning. You will receive a certificate upon completing the training. Coupon code will be provided for free access.


If you have any questions, please contact Corie Schweertman (Co-Chair of the CPLC) or Shannon McIntyre (CYPT Social Planning Associate).