Changing the Lens: Broadening Our Perspective to Support Young Children and Their Families

Williamsburg, Virginia
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Changing the Lens: Broadening Our Perspective to Support Young Children and Their Families
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Kingsmill Resort
(800) 832-5665
1010 Kingsmill Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
United States

"Broadening our Perspective to Support Young Children and their Families"

Focused on the mental health & service needs of early childhood, ages 0-8. This annual symposium offers opportunities for the attendees to explore new mental health treatment and prevention models, attend experiential learning sessions, and network with individuals from within and outside of Virginia who want to advance school and community mental health to better address the needs of our young children and their families.

The 56th Annual Symposium, CHANGING THE LENS, will explore the developmental milestones of early childhood; the complex needs of unique populations and the latest research on improving access to and improving the quality of mental health care for children and their families through schools and other non-traditional delivery systems. The symposium's learning tracks include Signs of Mental Health, Concerns & Strategies; Engaging & Supporting Parents; Early Childhood Trauma; Addressing Cultural Factors; Efforts to Support Change Within Communities & Schools; Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Policy; Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Reflective Practice & Supervision.

Learning Objectives
1. Understand the current research and practices in infant and early childhood mental health.

2.  Identify best practice and evidenced-based prevention and intervention practices for use in early childhood settings supporting children birth to age 8 such as Head Start programs, daycares, home visiting programs, early intervention, early elementary school settings for ages 5-8 and mental health settings. 

3.  Identify resources and supports to assist providers, families, schools, and communities to prevent trauma and build partnerships that strengthen school and social success for children ages birth - 8 years old with mental health and other disabilities.

4.  Support professionals pursuing or renewing the Virginia Infant Mental Health Endorsement.

We are in the process of getting approved to offer CEUs for 8 contact hours.

Conference Lodgings
Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA
Guest Room Rate for Conference Attendees:   $150.74 ($134 +11% tax + $2 occupancy tax)

Individual Call in Reservation Method:  February 20, 2018 is the cut off date for room reservations. Telephone reservations 757-253-1703 or 1-800-832-5665. Credit Card required to make reservation. The set up code when calling in is VAEMCHINST (which is the Kingsmill code for VCU/ECMH Institute).

Each guest will be charged the first night’s room and tax. Rates cannot be changed at check-in or check-out for guests who fail to identify their affiliation at the time reservation is requested.

Contact Information

  • Delores Richards-Madikiza
    (804) 828-1123

    Casey Tomlinson
    (804) 828-6310

Payment Instructions

  • Early Bird Registration Fees: $99.00
    Early Bird Registration ends on February 16, 2018

    Registration Fees after 2/16/18: $110.00

    Can be obtained from the right hand side of checkout page, and linked in your confirmation email.  You may print or email your invoice.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Casey Tomlinson at 804.828.6310.

    When paying by check, make payable to:  

    Virginia Commonwealth University

    Mail check to:     

    c/o Casey Tomlinson
    PO Box 980489
    Richmond, VA 23298-0489

    If you are paying by check, VTCC must receive your payment no later than March 7, 2018. 
    If you register after March 7, 2018, you must pay by credit card.
    March 7, 2018 is the last day you may receive reimbursement for your registration fees, should you choose to cancel.
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