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”​

Featured Speaker: 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 Speaker: Jessica Richards, LCSW

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. She is an instructor at the University of California-Davis as well as Assistant Faculty and a Clinical Supervisor at the Early Intervention Training Institute, Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic, and Intake Assessor at Westside Regional Center.


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

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