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FOR RELEASE: March 29, 2004
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Infant Mental Health Conference to be held April 1

It’s not too late to register to attend a conference about the importance of family relationships to positive development in early childhood. The Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health Annual Conference, “Babies Can’t Wait,” will be held Thursday, April 1, from 8 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. at the Metro Technology Center, Springlake Campus Conference Center, 1900 Springlake Drive in Oklahoma City. The conference is designed to provide parents and professionals with information about childhood development and support services.

Nationally known keynote speaker, Michael Trout, M.A., will discuss “Adaptation and Resilience in Early Childhood.” Trout is director of the Infant-Parent Institute in Champaign, Ill., an organization engaged in research, clinical practice, and clinical training related to problems of parent-infant attachment. He was founding president of the International Association for Infant Mental Health and served on the charter editorial board of the Infant Mental Health Journal. Trout has been in the field of mental health since 1968 and is the author of numerous books and journal articles. He has also produced 14 documentary films.

The “Babies Can’t Wait” conference is especially directed toward professionals in child welfare, childcare, child guidance, child health, mental health, nurses, pediatricians, social workers, and psychologists. Applications have been submitted for continuing education credits for social work, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and licensed professional counselors.

For information about the conference, contact OSDH Public Health Social Work Coordinator Ellen Wisdom at ellenw@health.state.ok.us or call 405/271-4480. The registration fee is $90.

Co-sponsors for the conference include OSDH Family Health Services Maternal and Child Health Service, the Early Childhood Mental Health Network, the Division of Child Care of the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services, Family Voices, and Transitions, Inc.

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