Profectum and DIR® have a long history of celebrating the individual differences we all bring into the world. Our fall conference continues that mission by reflecting on socio-cultural identity as fundamental to the definition of individual difference.

Profectum and DIR® have a long history of celebrating the individual differences we all bring into the world. Our fall conference continues that mission by reflecting on socio-cultural identity as fundamental to the definition of individual difference.

Profectum and DIR® have a long history of celebrating the individual differences we all bring into the world. Our fall conference continues that mission by reflecting on socio-cultural identity as fundamental to the definition of individual difference.

Join Us
Friday, November 11, 2022
11:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

Join Us
Friday, November 11, 2022
11:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

Join Us
Friday, November 11, 2022
11:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

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Profectum 2022 Conference

Synchrony and Communities

Situating Identity, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into DIR®-Centered Work

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Dr. Barbara Stroud, PhD

Profectum and DIR® have a long history of celebrating the individual differences we all bring into the world. Our fall conference continued that mission by reflecting on socio-cultural identity as fundamental to the definition of individual difference. History, culture and socio-cultural identity are inseparable from a child’s relationship to self, others and the larger world. Regulation, engagement, reciprocity, sense of self, and symbols all develop somatically within context. It is crucial for DIR® practitioners to examine how systems, policies and dominant culture practices built on white supremacy and dominant culture paradigms continue to impede development for many children and families. Join us for a day of listening, learning, and reflecting on these important parts of DIR® practice.

Fall Conference Committee

Tyler Choate, MS, CCC-SLP; Cortney Grove, MA, CCC-SLP; Laura Jendusa, MA, OTR/L; Mary Ann O’Connell, MA, SLP; Ruby Salazar, LCSW, BCD – Special Advisor; Chris Seminaro, MEd; Tara Toland, LCSW

REGISTRATION

Sliding Scale Registrations: Profectum is committed to providing equitable access to our conferences across a wide span of constituencies, including across our many international stakeholders and attendees. In an effort to remove barriers to attendance, we are pleased to offer a sliding scale of registration fees. The “Community Supported” fee is available for anyone with financial or other hardships. The “Standard” fee is the set cost. The “Pay It Forward” fee enables you to assist in covering costs for others. There are no separate forms or processes; each registrant should choose the amount they are comfortable paying, and register at that price.

SCHEDULE

11:00 am EST | Open

11:05 am EST | Welcome

11:10 am EST | Mindful Moment

11:15 am EST | Bringing a Lens of Diversity to DIR®

Dr. Barbara Stroud, PhD

Dr. Barbara Stroud illuminated historical perspectives, developmental significance, and clinical considerations related to diversity, equity, and inclusivity practices. Considered ways in which these practices relate to DIR® in terms of both model and methods.

 

Barbara Stroud, PhD, is a licensed psychologist with over three decades worth of culturally informed clinical practice in early childhood development and mental health. She is a founding organizer and the inaugural president (2017-2019) of the California Association for Infant Mental Health, a ZERO TO THREE Fellow, and holds prestigious endorsements as an Infant and Family Mental Health Specialist/Reflective Practice Facilitator Mentor. In 2018 Dr. Stroud was honored with the Bruce D. Perry Spirit of the Child Award. Embedded in all of her trainings and consultations are the activities of reflective practice, demonstrating cultural attunement, and holding a social justice lens in the work. Dr. Stroud’s book “How to Measure a Relationship” [published 2012] is improving infant mental health practices around the globe and is now available in Spanish. Her second book, an Amazon best seller, “Intentional Living: finding the inner peace to create successful relationships” walks the reader through a deeper understanding of how their brain influences relationships. Both volumes are currently available on Amazon. Additionally, Dr. Stroud is a contributing author to the text “Infant and early childhood mental health: Core concepts and clinical practice” edited by Kristie Brandt, Bruce Perry, Steve Seligman, & Ed Tronick.

 

Dr. Stroud received her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, and she has worked largely with children in urban communities with severe emotional disturbance.  Dr. Stroud’s professional career path has allowed her to work across service delivery silos supporting professionals in mental health, early intervention (part c), child welfare, early care and education, family court staff, primary care, and other arenas. She is highly regarded and has been a key player in the inception and implementation of cutting-edge service delivery to children Prenatal to five and their families; her innovative approaches have won national awards. More specifically, Dr. Stroud is a former preschool director, a non-public school administrator, director of infant mental health services and agency training coordinator. She has held an adjunct faculty position at California State Long Beach and maintained a faculty position in the Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship for 12 years. Currently, Dr. Stroud’s primary focus is professional training and private consultation from an anti-racist lens, with a focus on social justice, in the field of infant mental health. Dr. Stroud remains steadfast in her mission to ‘changing the world – one relationship at a time’.

12:45 pm EST | Mindful Moment

1:00 pm EST | Panel Discussion

Dr. Stroud leads a panel of practitioners in a discussion of how the “I” in DIR® relates not only to individual neurobiology but ways in which one’s body interacts with family, culture, and community to make up one’s unique set of identities. These identities inform development and clinical practice. As such, these factors should be woven into our engagement, assessment, intervention, supervision, policies, and processes.

Nucha Isarowong, PhD, LICSW, IMH-E®

Director of the Advanced Clinical Training (ACT) Program at the Barnard Center for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at the University of Washington

Learn More About Dr. Isarowong

 

Nick Walker, PhD

Professor of psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies, Managing Editor at Autonomous Press, senior aikido instructor at the Aiki Arts Center in Berkeley, California, and author of the book Neuroqueer Heresies

Learn More About Dr. Walker

2:00 pm EST | Lunch / Mindful Moment

2:35 pm EST | Clinical Action in Practice

In this powerful hour, clinicians Rebecca Berg and T. Calbert-Foster shared how they have incorporated DEI practices into DIR®-centered work in terms of interaction styles, procedures, data collection, and more. These culturally attuned practices provided perspectives for attendees to consider where to begin and/or how to continue the paradigm shift of integrating DEI into their own work.

Rebecca Berg, MA OTR/L, IMH-E ®

Occupational Therapist; Infant Mental Health Specialist; Integrated Clinical Model Lead at Cooper House

Learn More About Rebecca Berg

 

 

T. Calbert-Foster, M.S. Ed.

School Psychologist with seasoned experience working with students in both the elementary and secondary levels of education

Learn More About T. Calbert-Foster

3:55 pm EST | Mindful Moment

4:00 pm EST | Masterclass : Mock Supervision

Dr. Stroud returned for the final hour of this ground-breaking conference and offered a one-of-a-kind mock supervision session. Under Dr. Stroud’s expert guidance, Dr. Ben Russell gave a powerful demonstration of the role diversity, equity, and inclusion necessarily plays in a comprehensive reflective practice model in DIR®.

Ben Russell, PsyD

Licensed psychologist with 23 years of clinical experience with children with developmental, emotional, and learning differences.

Learn More About Dr. Russell

4:40 pm EST | Q&A for Masterclass

5:00 pm EST | Close