KAIMH Conference is Coming to Wichita

May 9-10, 2019!

Check back here for more information soon!

KAIMH is excited to announce that our annual conference will be May 9 and 10, 2019, at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita. We have now opened up a call for proposals. Workshops are 90 minutes and there are several slots available. Presenters will be provided free conference registration which includes lunch.

It is KAIMH's mission to advance the field of infant and early childhood mental health. This is accomplished through professional recognition and connection, providing education opportunities, and promoting and advocating for public policies that advance the importance of social and emotional development of infants and young children.

We are looking for workshops that tie into the KAIMH Early Childhood Competencies some topics examples are below. We are also wanting to focus some of the trainings on equity and inclusion, specifically about race. If you have trainings that use a race equity lens, or know someone who does please be encouraged to apply or pass this information on.

  • Trauma
  • Challenging Behaviors
  • Reflective Supervision
  • Self-Care Prevention and Burnout
  • Mental Health

We anticipate approximately 150 or more attendees at the conference. The conference hopes to attract early care and education specialists, child care providers/teachers, Center directors, administrators, clinicians, parents, home visitors, health specialists, special education staff and anyone engrossed in early childhood development and learning encompassing a wide range of knowledge and experience, representing the non-profit, governmental, educational, and private sectors in Kansas.

Workshop proposals are due 10-22-18, no extensions. Those submitting proposals will be notified of acceptance by November 22. To submit a proposal, complete the Workshop Presenter Information Form on our website, link provided below.

The 2018 annual KAIMH Conference was held on May 31 -June 1, 2018 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road Kansas City, MO 64110.We had a great line up with 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

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.