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Professional Development Opportunities in Humboldt County

Event postponed until further notice.

Free Event

Content suitable for any provider or parent who support children 0 to 8 years of age.

(Family Members, Social Workers, Early Childhood Educators, Teachers, Special Educators, Nurses, Doulas, Playgroup Leaders, Family Resource Centers, etc.)

Registration & Stipend Application:          

We will be offering stipends for a limited number of participants who may not be able to attend this free of charge event without the financial support.  Stipends will come after the event in the form of a check. Recipients of the stipend must attend both days of the training.  We have a limited amount of funding to offer for support, therefore we may not be able to fund everyone who applies.  We will notify you one week in advance of the training to let you know if you have received a stipend. 

 La Inscripcion & Estipendios La Solicitud: 
Ofreceremos estipendios a un número limitado de participantes que no puedan asistir a este evento gratuito sin ayuda económica.  Los estipendios se entregarán después del evento en forma de cheque. Los beneficiarios deberán asistir a los dos días de formación.  Disponemos de una cantidad limitada de fondos para ofrecer ayudas, por lo que es posible que no podamos financiar a todas las personas que lo soliciten.  Le avisaremos una semana antes de la formación para comunicarle si ha recibido un estipendio.   

Let’s Talk…

Social and Emotional Foundations of Development

with Dr. Barbara Stroud and Dr. Mona Delahook

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Enjoy an evening of casual discussion with Dr. Delahooke and Dr. Stroud, as they examine the social emotional foundations of all development. Their conversation will reflect on relationships as the foundation for learning, as well as inviting a focus on humanity vs. profit within our service delivery system. Time for questions will be provided, please bring your questions for the experts.  

Keynote Presentation, Dr. Mona Delahooke

Friday, September 22 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Pathways to Building Children’s Resilience and Promoting Joyful, Lifelong Relationships

Research in affective neuroscience continues to confirm that relationships are the bedrock of mental and emotional health. In this workshop, Dr. Delahooke will describe how relationships build resilience, flexibility, and grit, and importantly, what early interventionists, teachers, and parents/ caregivers can do to support it in their infants and young children. This training will describe how we understand early childhood behaviors in a new way, and provide a roadmap that shows how to customize or personalize interactions based on a child’s unique nervous system. This personalized approach provides a new lens or paradigm for providers and parents that goes beyond generic ideas  by walking parents/caregivers through a process that supports unlocking the keys for resilience and a solid attachment foundation that lasts a lifetime.



  1. Understand how to customize interactions with the goal of co-regulation that is titrated and respectful of each child’s (and parent’s) nervous system.
  2. Learn how emotional attunement is the solid rocket fuel of mental health and resilience.
  3. Discover practical strategies for immediate use when children have behavioral challenges.
  4. Help providers understand what to look for when children are detecting safety rather than threat and how to create a supportive environment through a trauma-responsive  approach informed by research in development and neuroscience.

To learn more about Dr. Mona Delahooke, please follow this link to her website:


Lunch will be provided, special “Thank you” to our partners whose funding made this available at no cost.


  • Honoring our local CA Endorsed Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Practitioners
  • Recognizing our local Humboldt County Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Cohort – 2023 Graduates

12:00 PM to 12:15 PM

​Keynote Presentation

Friday, September 22nd from 1:00 PM TO 4:00 PM   

Dr. Barbara Stroud

Title: Understanding Development from a Lens of Culture and Inequity

Description: This discussion will challenge the lens of a culturally neutral approach to development. The session will outline the colonizer’s lens which serves as the foundation for our systems and our science. Participants will be challenged to journey toward aligning interventions with family culture and traditions. Our content will celebrate the rich diversity of those attending the session as well as the families we serve. Providers of all disciplines will be offered tools to invite family culture into the service delivery at engagement, treatment planning, and outcome development. When we start from a lens of humanity and invite family culture into the treatment experience, we move toward equity and away from injustice.

For more information about Dr. Barbara Stroud, please visit her website: