Parent Workshops


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


Promoting Early Social-Emotional Development Through Relationships

Featured Trainer: Connie Lillas, PhD, MFT, RN

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.

Keynote Address: Richard Cohen, PhD

Dr. Cohen has spent his career at the intersections of early childhood education and child welfare, combining practice, research and advocacy with administration and management and evaluation. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology from UCLA School of Education. He is a recent graduate of the UM Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health fellowship and is an adjunct lecturer at the USC Suzanne Dworek-Peck School of Social Work. He consults, trains and speaks on topics involving young children, early identification, and early childhood mental health. Previously, Dr. Cohen held positions as Director of Pacific Oaks Research Center, Head Start Director, Executive Director of Westside Children’s Center as well as director of Project ABC, a federally-funded early childhood mental health system of care effort. Dr. Cohen is a certified Touchpoints Trainer and Reflective Parenting Facilitator.

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 (8:30am – 2:00pm)
Location: George Nakano Theatre at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3350 Civic Center Drive,
Torrance, CA 90503

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