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There is a robust body of science underlying the importance of infant and early childhood mental health. Those implementing programs and services for families must have an understanding of scientific research in order to integrate evidence-based knowledge and practices towards successful outcomes. While the emerging research in the fields of neuroscience and epigenetics increasingly shapes our understanding of mental health and development in early childhood, it is not always clear how this scientific inquiry can be integrated into everyday practice for frontline practitioners. How does the science or our understanding of the science of infant and early mental health change our knowledge, policy, and practice?

The 2019 Expanding Horizons for the Early Years National Institute on Infant Mental Health will bring together practitioners from multiple perspectives to reflect on the values of scientific research and evaluation when considering the promotion of early mental health. Through community collaboration - the organic processes that build relationships across disciplines by exploring and maintaining partnerships - practitioners can benefit from the shared experience and expertise of others. We hope you will join us for what promises to be an informative and thought provoking gathering.

Join us April 11 & 12, 2019 at the Sheraton Aiport Hotel and Conference Centre for this Exciting National Event

with renowned Keynotes and 40 different concurrent sessions to choose from.



book by March 18 for discounted rates!


SPONSORSHIP and EXHIBITOR opportunities are also available!

at The Hospital for Sick Children

Wednesday April 10, 2019
 9 am - 4 pm

Pre-Institute Symposium A
Understanding Maternal Substance Use: Impact on Mothers, Infants, and the Caregiving Relationship


Awareness and Understanding of the Root Causes of Women’s Addictions
Nancy Poole, PhD

Harm Reduction in Pregnancy and Aftercare
Suzanne D. Turner, MD, MBS, CCFP, DABAM

How Substances Disrupt Early Brain Development
Amelia R Bachleda, Ph.D.

Maternal Adversity and the Transmission to Babies
Nicole Racine, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Intervention for Substance Involved Mothers and Infants
Nancy Suchman, PhD

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Pre-Institute Symposium B
Therapeutic Approaches for Supporting Early Mental Health


Watch, Wait and Wonder (WWW)
Mirek Lojkasek, PhD, CPsych

The Neurorelational Framework (NRF)
Carole Anne Hapchyn, MD, FRCPC

Lausane Trilogue Play (LTP) and Reflective Family Play (RFP)
Diane Philipp, MD, FRCPC

Breaking the Cycle
Mary Motz, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Mothers in Mind
Angelique Jenney, PhD, MSW

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Here is some feedback from previous Expanding Horizons for the Early Years Institutes...

“All of the speakers gave 200 per cent in presenting and the IMP did 200 per cent to make us feel welcome and send us home with new ideas and resources to try with families. It was very much appreciated.”

“As always, IMP training opportunities offer the best of the best.”

“I am leaving here feeling validated in the work I’m already doing and inspired in pursuing further study to expand my practice. Thanks.”

“An informative, inspiring conference. It’s also so reflective of collaboration on behalf of children.”

“Overall level of presentations – Exceptional!”