Side By Side

The Final Forum

Special Event

Enriching Children’s Lives Through Parent-Provider Partnerships

On Friday, February 28, 2020, the final forum will include pre-selected workshops facilitated by nationally-recognized experts Dr. Mona Delahooke, Dr. Richard Cohen, Dr, Marian Williams, and Dr. Barbara Stroud, with the keynote address provided by Dr. Sam Chan. 

Keynote Speaker: Sam Chan, PhD
Widening the Circle of Collective Caring and Parenting

How we can better serve, protect, and more deeply connect with our children and families?
This final exciting session of the Side by Side project will kick off with critical highlights of the prior combined ten service provider symposia and parent workshops. Participants will be invited to engage in a powerful co-creative process of sharing their collective wisdom, experiences, and expectations to promote deeper meaningful connections and bonds among our children, families, and communities. Groundwork for the day’s workshops will be laid with stories from the head, heart, hand, and soul. The Strengthening Families Protective Factors framework will be enhanced with key lifespan risk and resilience concepts and essential parent/child needs. And the role of neurodiversity, the “human spectrum,” living consciously with purpose, and belonging will be addressed in the context of the #1 public health problem of the 21st century.


Richard Cohen, PhD - “Let’s Start with the Assumption That Dads Are In”

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, Policy Director for Love, Dad, and is the President-elect of the California Association of Infant Mental Health.

Barbara Stroud, PhD - “The Cultural Components of Social Emotional Health”

Barbara Stroud is a licensed psychologist, trainer, and consultant with over three decades worth of culturally informed clinical practice and training in the early childhood development and mental health arenas. She is the co-organizing founder and past president of the California Association for Infant Mental Health, a member for the Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows, and holds prestigious endorsements as an Infant and Family Mental Health Specialist/Reflective Practice Facilitator Mentor with the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health. In April of 2018 Dr. Stroud was honored with the Bruce D. Perry Spirit of the Child Award. Embedded in all of her trainings, clinical service models, and consultations are the values of reflective practice and sensitivity to cultural uniqueness.

Marian Williams, PhD - “What’s Happening to Me? Guiding Young Children through the Complexities of Life”

Marian Williams is a licensed psychologist specializing in infant-family and early childhood mental health and developmental disabilities in children, endorsed by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health as a Reflective Practice Mentor. She is the current President of the California Association of Infant Mental Health, and the Program Area Lead for the Early Childhood Mental Health Program at the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, the Autism Training Coordinator for Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, and Director for the Stein Tikun Olam Infant-Family Mental Health Initiative.

Mona Delahooke, PhD - “Cracking the Code on Toddler’s Behavioral Challenges by Maximizing Relational Security”

Mona M. Delahooke is a clinical child psychologist with a passion for supporting families and children. She has worked widely with multi-disciplinary teams in the area of developmental and emotional differences for over 30 years. She is a senior faculty member of the Profectum Foundation and is a trainer and consultant to schools, public/private agencies and parents. Her blog and books, Social and Emotional Development in Early Intervention and upcoming, Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges explore the latest translational application of neuroscience to social and emotional development.


Regional Center Service Coordinators and Client Services Managers, CCC-SLPs, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Pediatric healthcare professionals, psychologists, mental health clinicians, social workers, child welfare/child protection workers, early childhood educators, behavior interventionists, care coordinators, home visitors, parent educators, and parents and family members of children from birth through 5.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: CE/CEU applications currently under review.

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