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Senator McGuire

Humboldt County, IFECMH Endorsees

Keynote, Dr. Rachel Talamantez

Playing the Brain Game

Thank You to everyone attended and made the

1st Children’s Mental Health Summit a success!

Please note:  Dr. Kristie Brandt, apologetically, had to cancel her keynote presentation for this summit.  Fortunately, Dr. Rachel Talamantez was willing to step in to come present for Humboldt County.  Please check out Rachel’s brief biography below.  We are fortunate to have someone so skilled in the work of infant-family and early child mental health to join us for this event!

Welcoming, keynote presenter Dr. Rachel Talamantez, EdD, LMFT, IFECMH Specialist, RPM

Dr. Rachel Talamantez is a trainer, clinician, teacher, and consultant.  She oversees KidScope Center for Developmental and Behavioral Health, part of Santa Clara County’s Behavioral Health Department and the Santa Clara County Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health Training Academy. Along with training and clinical work, her career has focused on program development, implementation, evaluation, management and reflective consultation/supervision. Dr. Talamantez is also adjunct faculty in the Child Development Department at De Anza Community College in Cupertino, CA and is Assistant Director of the University of California Davis Extension, Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program. She is the co-developer of the Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Reflective Supervision, Consultation, Facilitation Academy, which aims to train practitioners as Reflective Practice Facilitators. She is a National Trainer with the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, a certified DIR/Floortime practitioner, a certified practitioner and supervisor in Video Intervention Therapy and is currently in the process of certification in Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. She holds a doctorate from Argosy University and a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco in Counseling Psychology. In addition, she has completed post-graduate work through the Harris Early Childhood Mental Health Training program at Children’s Hospital Oakland, the Napa Infant Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program, and the Child Trauma Institute in San Francisco, affiliated with the University of San Francisco and Jewish Family Children’s Services. She presents regularly at regional, state, national and international conferences on infant mental health, trauma and young children, reflective practice, & child development.

Last Update 9/2016

2016 Children’s Mental Health Summit Schedule

Thursday, September 29 – 6.0 CEUs 



Registration, light breakfast and networking

Welcoming Presentation: Dr. Garry Eagles, Superintendent, Humboldt County Office of Education

9:00- 11:45 Keynote:  Dr. Rachel Talamantez

Enriching Children’s Lives Through Relationships:  Core Principles of Practice in Children’s Mental Health


12:00- 1:00

Presentation:  Emi-Botzler-Rodgers, Deputy Director, Children and Family Services, Humboldt County DHHS

Humboldt BRIDGES Partnered Projects, Infant-Family & Early Childhood Mental Health

Lunch:  Catered lunch, Ramone’s Bakery & Cafe

Poster Presentations:  Sharing Innovative Practices, Partnerships and Strategies

1:00- 1:15

1:15 -1:35

Award Ceremony: Humboldt County, Infant-Family & Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsed Practitioners

Embodiment Meditation: Christine Fiorentino & T Jonathon Proctor

1:45- 3:15 Presenter:  Dr. Kishan Lara-Cooper

Embrace the Child

3:15- 4:30 Presenters:  Sheri Graham-Whitt, M.F.T. & Meg Walkley, MSW, IFECMH

For Better or Worse – The Impact of Ancestors, Angels & Allies on Relationships

Thank you for coming…See you tomorrow!

Friday, September 30 – 5.5 CEUs



Light breakfast and networking opportunity

Poster Presentations – Sharing Innovative Practices, Partnerships and Strategies

Welcoming Remarks:  Sentator, Mike McGuire

9:15-12:00 Keynote:  Dr. Rachel Talamantez

Enriching Children’s Lives Through Relationships:  Core Principles of Practice in Children’s Mental Health

12:00-1:00 Lunch:  Catered lunch, Ramones Bakery & Cafe
1:00- 1:15

1:15 -1:35

Certificates of Appreciation:  Honoring our 0 to 8 Mental Health Collaborative Partners

Embodiment Meditation:  Christine Fiorentino & T Jonathon Proctor

1:40 2:50 The Brain Architecture Game 
3:00- 4:15 Panel Presentation:  Janelle Bohannan, Redwood Coast Regional Center; Emi Botzler-Rodgers, Children and Family Services; Julie Branson, Healthy Moms;  Beth Heavilin, First 5 Playgroups; Kathryn O’Malley, Nurse Family Partnership; Jennifer (Scully) Powell, Behavioral Health Clinician SELPA;  Michele Stephens, Children and Family Services; Marliese Tollner, Garfield Elementary School

Discussion Moderator, Colby Smart, E Learning Specialist

4:15-4:30 Closing remarks:  Kerry Venegas, Executive Director, Changing Tides Family Services

Note to travelers:

The Summit has a block of rooms with a discount rate that include breakfast, at the Red Lion, 1929 Fourth St. Eureka.

Please use the following contact information to best expedite your hotel reservation;

Elizabeth Stoddard @ 707.441.4705 or email .