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Professional Symposia

Side by Side is a six-part training series focused on infants, toddlers and young children 0 to 5 addressing early mental health and social-emotional development, from September 2018 - February 2020.

5th Professional Symposium:

"Bridging the Gaps Between Infant Mental Health and Early Intervention: A Unifying Framework"


Dr. Lillas is a Certified Psychoanalyst, with a doctorate in Psychoanalysis, M.A. in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy, and B.S. in Nursing. She is an infant mental health and early intervention specialist with over 40 years’ combined experience in high-risk maternal-child nursing, family systems, and developmental psychoanalysis. She is also Founder/President of the NeuroRelational Framework (NRF) Institute – Research to Resilience, an organization dedicated to interdisciplinary communities to serve high-risk families, focused on the areas of trauma, stress, and resilience. Dr. Lillas’ dynamic training on the five underlying principles that cut across both dimensions is ideal for practitioners across professional disciplines- mental health, development disabilities and more! These five principles contest the “status quo” approaches as to how our culture commonly views the meaning of infants and young children’s behaviors, how we engage with them, what we expect from them, and how we intervene. You will leave with valuable tools and strategies you can use immediately in how you assess and understand the priorities in your work with young children and their parents. Training will be integrated with video-based learning and application to oneself as a practitioner.


"Harnessing the Aha: Reflections from the Field"

Jessica Richards is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with dual Master degrees in Child Development and Clinical Social Work, with Child and Family Concentration. She holds California endorsement as an Infant, Family, Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Reflective Practice Facilitator and is a NeuroRelational Framework trainer. She has been an instructor for UC Davis, Assistant Faculty for the Early Intervention Training Institute, and assessor for Westside Regional Center. She was a clinical therapist and supervisor in the early intervention department at Los Angeles Child Guidance. Calling upon her fifteen years of experience working with children with complex developmental and mental health challenges in a hospital inpatient psychiatric setting, community-based mental health agency and in private practice, Ms. Richards will share the "Aha moment" - the sweet satisfaction of.that “aha” moment after weeks or months struggling to help a child. She has a strong background in child development, community mental health and child welfare. She is passionate about the work she does, and is eager to inspire your next “aha!”

Date: Friday, October 25th 2019 (8am – 5pm)
Location: Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach
3635 Fashion Way, Torrance, CA 90503

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