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The annual KAIMH Conference will be held on May 31 -June 1, 2018.  We have reserved the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road Kansas City, MO 64110.We are excited to announce our 2 Key Note Speakers: Dr. Rosemarie Allen and Dr. Angel Fettig!

  Dr. Rosemarie Allen
Dr. Rosemarie Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for over 35 years.  Her life's work is centered on ensuring children have access to high quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate.  She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  Her classes are focused on ensuring teachers are aware of how issues of equity, privilege, and power impact teaching practices.  Rosemarie has served in directorship roles with the Colorado Department of Human Services, most recently in the Division of Youth Corrections (DYC).  As Director of Programs at DYC, she was responsible for the education, health, and mental health of all adjudicated youth in the State.  She was also responsible for the professional development of all Division staff members in order to ensure state-wide culture change.  From 2007-2012 Rosemarie served as the Director of the Division of Child Care.  In that role, she oversaw the State's Child care licensing program, the federal child care assistance program, the redesign of the State's quality rating and improvement system, the implementation of the states professional development plan, and assisted in the creation of Colorado's early learning guidelines.  She recently served on President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, Early Childhood Task Force.  Dr. Allen also launched the Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence that will serve as the lead agency for ensuring equity in educational practices throughout the nation.

Rose Marie is a respected keynote speaker, presenting on Culturally Responsive Practices, Cultural Competence, Micro-Aggressions, Racial Disproportionality, Privilege, Power, and Intersectionality, etc.  She also has the distinct honor of being appointed as a "Global Leader" to represent the United States at World Conferences across the globe.  Rosemarie earned her B.A. from California State University, Master's of Education from Lesley University and Doctorate in Equity and Leadership in Education at the University of Colorado, Denver. 

Rosemarie is married to Don Allen and they have two amazing children.  Jasmine is a Couples and Family Therapist in Denver, Colorado and Clarence is a Senior at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Allen's Keynote Address: "Early Childhood Suspensions and Disproportionality: Suspending Biases, Not Children". This Keynote address will highlight research findings related to the negative impacts of suspensions and expulsions and corporal punishment on young children. Strategies will be provided to prevent and reduce such practices.

View more information and videos on her website!

Rosemarie Allen Website

Dr. Allen Interview Link

  Dr. Angel Fettig 
Dr. Angel Fettig is an assistant professor in Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Washington. She received her PhD in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She completed an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Post Doctoral Research Fellowship at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  She spent 2013-2017 at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she was an Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood Education Program in the College of Education and Human Development.

Her overall research interest lies around supporting the social-emotional development and reducing challenging behaviors for young children with or at risk for disabilities.  She has worked as an inclusive classroom teacher as well as trainer and consultant for parents and professionals who work closely with children.  She was a content developer, trainer, and coach through the Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, a federally funded research project that developed the Pyramid Model, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she completed her doctoral studies.  She is currently evaluating Massachusetts's Department of Public Health implementation of family-centered practice, social emotional development intervention framework in early intervention systems.  She has a long-standing interest in conducting studies to understand how positive behavior support-strategies can be implemented in home routines.  Through this work, she has taken PBS strategies and the Pyramid Model typically applied in the classroom context and modified them to promote family-centered PBS practices and specifically in early intervention context.  This allows me to examine interventions that support young children's social emotional development and mental health and overall family well-being.

Dr. Fettig's Keynote address is "It takes a partnership! Teaming with families to implement Pyramid Model social emotional strategies to support infants and young children".  Dr .Fettig has examined positive behavior support strategies and the Pyramid Model practices in classroom, home, and early intervention contexts.  She strongly believes that effective family-professional partnership is critical in supporting young children's social emotional development.  In this keynote session, Dr. Fettig will discuss and highlight the importance of family-professional partnership and how that Pyramid model can support this partnership to promote social emotional development of children birth to five.

See more about the Pyramid Model Here:

Pyramid Model Link

Conference Schedule: 12 hours of CEU's offered
Thursday May 31, 2018:
8-9 Registration
9-11:30 Keynote by Dr. Rosemarie Allen: "Early Childhood Suspensions and Disproportionality: Suspending Biases, Not Children"
11:30-12 Annual Meeting
12-1 Lunch Provided Onsite
1-2:45 Breakout Sessions #1
3-4:45 Breakout Sessions #2 

Friday June 1, 2018:
8-9 Registration
9-11:30 Keynote by Dr. Angel Fettig: "It takes a partnership! Teaming with families to implement Pyramid Model social emotional strategies to support infants and young children"  
11:30-12:30 Lunch Provided Onsite
12:30-2:15 Breakout Sessions #3
2:30-4:15 Breakout Sessions #4  

Please see the attached document that outlines the scheduled speakers and the workshop session descriptions.  

Click Here for 2018 Conference Break Out Session Descriptions

Important Information: 
The Kauffman Foundation Conference Center does not allow outside food and drink to be brought in, please make note of this as to not break their policy.  We have tried to pick menu options that cover different dietary needs. 

Thursday: Breakfast: assorted fresh from the oven scones, muffins, and bagels served with cream cheese and jam, fresh sliced fruit.  
Morning break: granola bars, bananas and apples.
Lunch: Deli bar (roasted turkey breast, pit ham and roast beef with lettuce, onion, pickle, olive, cucumber, three cheeses, spreads and hummus with a basket of hoagies, Kaiser rolls and multigrain bread, served with a Greek salad, fruit cup and cookies.
Afternoon break: selection of snack mix, brownies and snack bars.
(All day full coffee and hot tea service, canned beverages and spa water added at morning break and refreshed through the day, orange juice served with breakfast, iced tea served with lunch and refreshed in the afternoon.).

Friday: Breakfast: Midwest Morning Buffet-scrambled eggs, hash browns, fresh sliced fruit and biscuits with one choice of bacon or turkey sausage patties.  
Morning break: granola bars, whole fruit and Greek yogurt cups.  
Lunch: Fajita Buffet- seasoned chicken or grilled steak, sautéed peppers and onions, sour cream, shredded lettuce, cheddar jack cheese, jalapenos, black beans and Spanish rice, served with warm flour tortillas, tortilla chips, house made salsa and a cookie.
Afternoon break: Fruit and nut trail mix with brownies and snack bars.
(All day full coffee and hot tea service, canned beverages and spa water added at morning break and refreshed through the day, orange juice served with breakfast, iced tea served with lunch and refreshed in the afternoon.).

We will have vendor tables set up for you to view on your breaks, make sure and check them out! 

There is a block of hotel rooms reserved under KAIMH at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 4600 Summit St, Kansas City, MO; 816-448-4600. The special room rate is available until May 8, 2018 or until the block of rooms are filled (which ever comes first). 

Hampton Inn & Suites Kansas City Country Club Plaza

Registration is closed as of May 1, 2018

No refunds will be issued unless we are notified by 5 pm May 7, 2018. A $45 cancellation fee will be deducted from your registration fee if a refund is issued. Substitutes are encouraged.

Please email info@kaimh.org with questions.

AEW Nomination

The Alice Eberhart-Wright Visionary Award recognizes outstanding achievements and significant contributions in the field of infant and early childhood mental health.  This award will be presented each year at the KAIMH annual conference. 


Congratulations to 2017's 'Alice Award' Recipient:

  Rick Gaskill, Ed.D, LCP, LCPC, RPT-S,  IMH-E® (IV)

Rick was the recipient of the annual Alice Eberhart Wright Visionary Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievements and significant contributions in the field of infant and early childhood mental health. The Alice Eberhart-Wright award has been established in honor of Alice Eberhart-Wright, a pioneer in infant and early childhood mental health. The award is given to those who represent the mission of KAIMH and illustrates passion, creativity and best practices in their work supporting infant and early childhood mental health in Kansas.  
Dr. Richard L. Gaskill has worked in community mental health for over 35 years. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Kansas. He holds specialty credentialing as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor through the Association for Play therapy and is endorsed by the Kansas Association for Infant Mental Health as an Infant Mental Health Mentor-Clinical Level IV.
He currently serves as the Clinical Director and Deputy Director of Sumner Mental Health Center in Wellington, KS. He was the Center Children's Services Director for over 20 years. Dr. Gaskill has developed numerous programs for children and parents; including child development classes, parenting classes, Child-Parent Relationship Training (Filial Therapy), Infant-Parent Relationship groups, attachment enhancement treatment groups, therapeutic alternative schools, therapeutic preschools, after school programs, and juvenile offender programs. He has also served on a number of state level work groups regarding the delivery of children’s services.

Dr. Gaskill is an adjunct faculty member in the Counseling, Education, and School Psychology Program at Wichita State University, where he teaches play therapy, and supervises play therapy practicums. He presents workshops on play therapy and the neurobiological impact of social and emotional trauma throughout the US, Canada, and Australia.
Dr. Gaskill has also published several professional magazine articles and a book chapter on these topics. Dr. Gaskill was the first Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor in Kansas and was a founding board member of the Kansas Play Therapy Association Board, serving as President in 2004. He has also served on KSAPT and national APT committees for play therapy. Dr. Gaskill was named a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, Texas, in 2004. Dr. Gaskill received the Chairman’s Award from Future’s Unlimited in 1997 for his work with at risk 0 to 5 year old children. In 2005, Dr. Gaskill was named the Head Start Partner of the Year in Kansas for his work with therapeutic preschools. In 2006, he was named one of the Regional Administrator’s Leadership Award Winners for ACF Region VI of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Pictured with Alice Eberhart-Wright.