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2018 Interdisciplinary Institute: Supporting Positive Social and Emotional Development for Fragile Babies and their Families: An Infant Mental Health Approach for All Providers

September 19, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT

Target Audience:

The Interdisciplinary Institute provides a forum for healthcare professionals to share expertise in caring for premature, medically-fragile, or at-risk infants and young children and their families. The Institute’s goals are to optimize the health and developmental outcomes of these children and to promote promising and evidence-based practices and research to support affected families.  This year’s Institute will focus on topics related to infant, family, and provider mental health, and how developmental concerns like feeding the fragile infant relate to overall family well-being.

Keynote speaker:        Maya Bunik, MD, MSPH, FABM, FAAP                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Trifecta Team Approach for Supporting Infant Feeding: Why it Continues to be a Win for Families

Closing speaker:        Cynthia Coffman, Colorado’s Attorney General                                                                                                                                                                                          Opioid Crisis and Mental Health Prevention

Breakout Sessions:     

A Dancing together in Nurse-Family Partnership: Assessment of naturalistic Caregiver-child Experiences that Support Infant Social and Emotional DevelopmentNICU 101: A multidisciplinary approach to supporting the emotional needs of babies and their families in the NICU and beyond
Crying, Snappy, Worried, Oh My!: The Impact of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders on the Development of Fragile BabiesFrom Surviving to Sleeping: Treatment for Systemic Sleep Issues 
There’s no such thing as a baby: The Importance of Maternal Mental Health on Infant DevelopmentNeonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Family-Centered Developmentally Supportive Care in the Home Setting: A Relationship-Based Approach to Support Positive Social-Emotional Development of the Fragile Newborn and His/Her CaregiversSecondary Traumatic Stress in Providers who work with Fragile Infants and their Families: Risk and Protective Factors; Prevention and Strategies for Support
Utilizing a Trauma-Informed Approach with Fragile Babies and their FamiliesFacilitating Attuned Interactions: An Introduction to the FAN Approach to Engaging Families
The Role of Reflective Supervision/Consultation for Infants and Babies with Special Health Care Needs: Colorado’s CapacityThe Parent’s Perspective on Inspiring Eating After Tube Feeding


2018 Interdisciplinary Institute Agenda

Target Audience:

The Institute is open to and welcomes all health care and services providers who touch the lives of premature and medically fragile babies and their families.

2018 Interdisciplinary Objectives: Participants of the Interdisciplinary Institute will be able to:

  • Recognize and support the need for integration of mental health care in the work that they do with babies and families.
  • Utilize improved communication between healthcare professionals and service providers regarding the mental health needs of premature and medically fragile babies and parents/caregivers.
  • Identify gaps in the current healthcare delivery system, in turn addressing necessary practice and policy changes.
  • Enhance the care and counsel they provide to babies and families.
  • To begin to look reflectively at themselves in the context of their work; in particular, recognizing signs of stress and needs for their own self-care.

Specialty Presentations:

  • During registration/breakfast: Building Resilience Through Self-expression: An Experiential Self-Care Approach for Infant Mental health Providers (Drumming Out Stress)
  • During lunch:  Spanish Language Case Studies
  • Afternoon:  My mommy had a baby and the baby’s sick: Perspectives on Sibling Mental Health from Families with medically Fragile Babies (Parent Panel)

Registration Now Open

  • Early Bird Registration (June 15 – August 6) $115
  • Groups of 3 or more $105 each
  • Participants continuing from the Lactation Conference receive a $25 discount
  • Regular Registration $135


  • Continental breakfast and lunch included in the cost of registration.  Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options available.  Water will be provided that participants can use to fill up their water bottles.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Registrations may be canceled up to September 1, 2018, and receive a full refund.  Between September 1 and September 12, participants may receive 50% refund.  No refunds will be made if a participant cancels after September 12, 2018.

Continuing Education Information:

  • Seeking continuing education credit from Denver Health, an approved provider of continuing education by the Western Multi-State Division, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • Request for CERPs has been submitted to the Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners


  • The Denver First Church of the Nazarene is a fully accessible venue.  Please let us know if you have an special requirements.

For additional details and to register, go to

 2018 Interdisciplinary Institute Information and Registration

For questions, contact planning committee member, Emily McNeil at emily@mariposacenterdenver.com or visit our website at www.specialkids-specialcare.org



September 19, 2018
7:30 am - 4:30 pm


Denver First Church of the Nazarene
3800 E. Hampden Ave.
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113 United States
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