May 3-7, 2021 – Virtual via zoom

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Friday Session Descriptions


FF3: Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid

Presenter: Dianna Sullivan, LMFT, Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has heard from so many about the increased need for mental health support during the pandemic. Mental Health First Aid trains non-mental health professionals/lay persons ages 18 and over to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health conditions with a proven action plan. Participants must also complete about 2 hours of self-paced, pre-coursework before the class. Pre-coursework must be completed at least 2 days in advance of your class or you may risk being withdrawn from the course. Please register only if you can commit to this time frame.

About the presenter: Dianna Sullivan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who uses her lived experience and education to help others through their experiences. She obtained her Master’s Degree at Pacific Lutheran University in Marriage and Family Therapy and her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations at the University of Maine. Dianna is the Director of Family Support at the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound (BGCSPS). In her role at BGCSPS, she supports members, staff and families. Dianna has a passion for Youth Substance Prevention work and participates in local coalitions and collaborations throughout Pierce County. Dianna is a national trainer of Mental Health First Aid, Guiding Good Choices and Right Response as well as a BGCA Safety Peer Consultant. Throughout her career, she has focused on community, equity and inclusion.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: core competency

** Note: This session has a maximum capacity of 10 participants.

Age Group Addressed: age group

Who Should Attend: All


FA: Brave Conversations

Presenter: Elizabeth McCorvey, LCSW, UNC Asheville

In conversations about Race and Racism, it is often said: "I didn't know what to say, so I didn't say anything." This trainingis for people who want to learn what to say, and how to overcome the fear and anxiety that gets in the way of saying it,specifically as it relates to professionals who work with children and their families. During the 90 minutes of the session,participants will receive an introduction into deepening their understanding about how Race impacts interpersonalrelationships, relationships with children, and how to initiate dialogue about these issues within a professionalrelationship. Participants will expand their vocabulary around topics specific to antiracism, begin unpacking their ownracial identities, and develop techniques to navigate conversations about sensitive topics.

About the presenter: Elizabeth McCorvey, LCSW, is a psychotherapist living in Asheville, NC. She works with college students at UNC-Asheville, and has a private practice where she works with adults using equine-assisted psychotherapy (therapy with horses). Elizabeth is a passionate advocate for anti-racism and equity in the Mental Health world and frequently facilitates workshops and consultation events for therapists and professionals on the subject. She has been published in Psychology Today magazine and featured in the New York Times. You can find these articles and more about Elizabeth at .

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Interactions

**Note: This is an intermediate session.

Age Group Addressed: All

Who Should Attend: All


FB: Culturally Responsive Strategies for Building Relationships With Families

Presenter: Monique worthy, Inclusion Specialist, Haring Center

This webinar will focus on building parent-teacher relationships by increasing cultural awareness. We will share the importance of identifying cultural differences and strategies to address the needs of students adn families. We will discuss strategies to manage and understand personal biases and their effects on family partnering. In addition, we will talk about how to determine the difference between equal and equitable practices.

About the presenter: Monique is an education specialist at the Haring Center for Inclusive Education. She received her Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Kansas.

Monique’s work focuses on coaching teachers on early childhood inclusive teaching practices as well as providing equitable opportunities for students to learn. In addition, she has a passion for culturally relative teaching strategies as well as community building and stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining the Haring Center, Monique spent over 20 years supporting scholastic advancements for low-income communities throughout Seattle. Beginning as an after school mentor with the Seattle Youth Employment Program, Monique discovered her passion for assisting children to reach their highest potential. She has served as program lead, child and youth practitioner and instructional assistant. Most recently, she was an instructional coach for the Haring Center.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnerships

Age Group Addressed: All

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how to address individual needs of students and families by increasing self-awareness and understanding personal biases.
  2. Recognize the difference between equality and equity.
  3. Implement inclusionary strategies to build community rapport.


FC1: Lowering the Risk of SUID/SIDS through Trust-Based Conversations

Presenter: Janae Mareletto, Public Health of Seattle & King County and Liz Montgomery, Northwest Infant Survival & SIDS Alliance

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) / Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading preventable cause of death for infants under one year of age, and disproportionately impacts Black & Indigenous communities. This session will cover recommendations for safe sleep practices and explore some of the key findings from King County, Washington’s Child Death Review, including some of the common risk factors for SUID/SIDS. Strategies for having conversations with parents/caregivers about sleep practices will be discussed, including the need for providers to check biases and approach conversations with curiosity and compassion, explore culturally appropriate safe sleep options, and focus on establishing trust with parents and caregivers.

About the presenter: Janae Mareletto is the facilitator for King County Child Death Review at Public Health of Seattle & King County. She conducts multi-disciplinary reviews of all preventable child fatalities within King County with the intention of better understanding modifiable risk factors to promote effective prevention strategies. Prior to her work with Public Health, she worked within child welfare as a CPS caseworker, supervisor, and trainer. She has an MSW from the University of Washington. Ms. Mareletto is a licensed foster parent and is passionate about helping children thrive.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Health, Safety, and Nutrition

Age Group Addressed: Birth to Age 3

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify safe sleep practices
  2. Identify risk factors for SUID/SIDS
  3. Have open, honest, and compassionate conversations with parents/caregivers about sleep practices


FC2: Supporting Parents with Multicultural Backgrounds with Children Receiving Early Intervention Services

Presenter: Rachel Nemhauser and Patricia Gonzalez, the Arc of King County

The first few years of raising a child with an intellectual and/or developmental disability can be very emotional and overwhelming. In this session participants will meet a panel of culturally diverse parents of children receiving Early Intervention services. Facilitated by Arc of King County's Community and Family Support Program Manager Rachel Nemhauser, this panel will explore the variety of emotions and experiences families have, and how their Early Intervention providers can best support them.

About the presenter: Rachel Nemhauser is the Community and Family Support Program manager at the Arc of King County in Seattle, WA, and has been an active member of the disability community since 2009. She is a former member of the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, and has been the Supervisor of Parent to Parent in King County since 2015. Rachel works closely with families throughout King County providing emotional support, navigating complex systems and connecting with the disability community. She is also the parent of a 16 year old autistic son, and writes about her experiences being Nate’s mom on her blog:

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnerships

Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 5

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the emotions, fears, myths and realities of parents who have children receiving EI services.
  2. Participants will understand how cultural differences can impact this experience for families whose children are receiving EI services.
  3. Participants will learn how to effectively and sensitively support families from diverse backgrounds who have children receiving EI services.


FD1: Anti-Bias Practice Toward Children

Presenter: Betty Peralta, Infant and Early Childhood MH Specialist

Bias is foundational to the cradle to prison pipeline. We can disrupt it for the children we touch by becoming anti-biased toward them. Learn how The NeuroRelational Framework (a neurodevelopmental and relationship-based approach to children's learning and behavior) can help you counter your own implicit bias and others' when responding to children's behaviors.

About the presenter: Betty Peralta, MIT, MSc, IMH-E® (III) promotes an anti-bias, trauma-healing, neurodevelopmental approach to children's learning and behaviors called the NeuroRelational Framework. She is Parenting Coach for a domestic violence shelter; Parent Educator for Families of Color Seattle and three cooperative preschools; Infant Mental Health Reflective Consultant for home-visiting early intervention therapists, doulas, and their supervisors; and Child and Parenting Parter Interaction Specialist in her practice, ALTA: Alternative Learning and Therapeutic Avenues where she facilitates workshops, coaches, and consults parents and professionals on children.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Interactions

Age Group Addressed: All

Who Should Attend: All

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the neurology of bias
  2. Grasp the effects of bias on children in the cradle to prison pipeline
  3. Learn how to use the NeuroRelational Framework for anti-biased responses to children's behaviors

For Additional Information

Amanda Cardwell
Conference Coordinator
AC Consulting
Stanwood, WA 98292

Mike Stewart
Conference Administrator
Boyer Children's Clinic
1850 Boyer Avenue E.
Seattle, WA 98112

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