The 2019 annual KAIMH Conference will be held on May 9 - May 10, 2019 at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita.  We have a great line up with our 3 Featured Speakers: Eva Marie Shivers, J.D., Ph.D; Jenifer Chacon; and Stephen P. Zwolak!


  Dr. Eva Marie Shivers, J.D., Ph.D

Eva Marie Shivers, J.D., Ph.D. is the executive director of Indigo Cultural Center, a non-profit action research firm located in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Shivers’ work at Indigo Cultural Center focuses on the developmental niche of infant and early childhood development, mental health and education to explore the evolution of frameworks for understanding families’ culturally adaptive responses to poverty, systemic racism, and historical marginalization.

Prior to relocating to Arizona, Dr. Shivers was a faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department of Education, Psychological Studies in Education. Dr. Shivers also holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law, and a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University.

Dr. Shivers has numerous peer-reviewed publications, and presents her research on equity, child care, mental health consultation, and other early childhood professional development initiatives throughout the country.

She currently provides early childhood racial equity training and consultation to infant and early childhood mental health community agencies and state departments around the country.

For the past fifteen years, Dr. Shivers has provided child care research policy consultation to federal, state and local government agencies and administrators. She also provided early childhood racial equity policy consultation to the Obama administration.

Her featured session is: Promoting Racial Equity And Disrupting Bias What Does IMH Have To Do With It?:  What role do we have as infant mental health professionals in closing racial disparities and reducing bias? The very first IMH Diversity-Informed Tenet is: “self-awareness leads to better services for families.” In the spirit of Tenet #1, we will come together for important conversations about racial equity and how personal, mindful transformation can translate into effective practice and policy. Using IMH frameworks as an anchor, we will practice using 3 multiple lenses of personal, interpersonal and systemic approaches in exploring research, effective professional development strategies, professional relationships, and leadership. Objectives:Participants will be able to apply findings from research on implicit bias and early childhood to their reflections on their practices and program policies. Participants will be able to apply elements of various mental health frameworks to their own capacity to enter into conversations about race and equity. Participants will explore what it means to serve our communities with intention; while promoting exploration of equity within larger systems and institutions. 

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 Jenifer Chacon  

Jenifer Chacon is the Content Specialist for the Professional Development & Workforce Innovations department at the ZERO TO THREE Western Office located in Los Angeles, California.

As the Content Specialist, Jenifer Chacon is an integral part of the Professional Development and Workforce Innovations department. She previously led the P-5 Cross-Sector Core Competencies Training at ZERO TO THREE and supported cross-sector work in the P-5 field across Los Angeles County.

Prior to joining ZERO TO THREE, Jenifer worked as an elementary school teacher. Her focus quickly shifted to the work with young children and their families upon learning the positive effects of supporting children’s development early in life. This focus lead to her work as a Home Based Educator at the Pediatric Therapy Network – Early Head Start program in Torrance, California. There she completed certifications in infant massage and breastfeeding support. It also led to her experience in working with infants, toddlers, families, multidisciplinary professionals, and community agencies.

Jenifer joined the ZERO TO THREE, Western Office as a Policy Intern and continued supporting the work at the Western Office as a Policy Analyst and Program Associate. Jenifer holds a B.A in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Language and Literacy from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Community Organization, Planning and Administration from the University of Southern California.

Her featured session is Promoting Positive Well-Being and Self-Care through Healing Centered Relationship-Based Practices: Through relationship-based practices, we strive to empower and support families and young children in succeeding in their life goals. Unfortunately, and far too frequently, the families and children we support are experiencing many adversities. To address and support their needs, we incorporate strategies that promote healing from these experiences and in doing so, may often prioritize the needs of others over our own. We also cope with high caseloads, lots of required paperwork, and little time to accomplish all we need to do. This situation results in feelings of being overwhelmed and undervalued.

During this session, we will pause together and consider how employing self-care strategies that promote our own well-being can promote the well-being of the children and families we work with. Join your colleagues and the presenters in this interactive and practical conference session to consider a strength-based perspective on healing centered engagement.


 Stephen P. Zwolak

Stephen P. Zwolak is the founder and CEO of LUME Institute and Executive Director of University City Children’s Center (UCCC), LUME’s lab school. Steve has more than 45 years experience working in the field of early childhood. He is recognized for leading the conversation on the impact and future of early childhood education in St. Louis and beyond. His years as a classroom teacher, and a leader in various educational arenas, drove him to develop the LUME Approach, for which there is growing evidence of closing the racial and socioeconomic achievement gap. The LUME Approach brings together theoretical, observational, and neuroscientific research that affirms that the emotional development of children is critical to academic success and lifelong positive outcomes.

As a young teacher, Steve studied at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, an educational center for which he now periodically serves as an instructor for others in child- and family-serving professions. In 2015, he received the American Psychoanalytic Association Educational Achievement Award. Today, Steve is recognized for his visionary thinking and entrepreneurial ability to create, enhance, and expand programs and develop infrastructure. He develops curricula which includes understanding the importance of children’s sexual development and addressing angry love with ruthless compassion in the classroom and home.

As a speaker and educator known for his warm demeanor, Steve skillfully challenges and motivates teachers to develop reflective practices in their daily relationships with children and families and to be prepared to administer therapeutic triage using a multi-disciplinary approach.

His featured sessions is: Angry Love and Ruthless Compassion: Reducing Isolation and Expulsion.

Children are entering into early childhood settings with "angry love." The only way they know how to express love is through anger. Their "angry love" is caused by fractured attachments and by mirroring behaviors they see in the adult world around them. What can you do to support children who are aggressive and disruptive? Participants will learn how to meet "angry love" with "ruthless compassion." Through an interactive Prezi presentation, including case studies, participants will explore Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), attachment, temperament, emotional milestones, and strategies to reduce isolation and expulsion.


In addition to these great featured speakers we will also have break out sessions on Friday afternoon.  Check out our great line up in the document below.  You will need to pick what sessions you wish to attend when you register, make sure to reference this document before you register.

2019 Breakout Workshop Descriptions


Registration Closes April 19, 2019

Early Bird Pricing (before March 22, 2019): 
$225 KAIMH member
$275 Non-member
$125 Student or Child Care Provider

Pricing after March 22, 2019: 
$275 KAIMH member
$325 Non-member
$125 Student or Child Care Provider

Thursday May 9, 2019:
8-9 Registration
9-12 Featured Speaker: Eva Marie Shivers, J.D., Ph.D; 
 12-12:30 Annual Meeting
12:30-1:30 Lunch Provided Onsite
1:30-4:45 Featured Speaker: Jenifer Chacon; DEC, Promoting Positive Well-Being and Self-Care through Healing Centered Relationship-Based Practices.

Friday May 10, 2019:
8-9 Registration  9-12 Featured Speaker: Stephen P. Zwolak; Angry Love and Ruthless Compassion: Reducing Isolation and Expulsion.
12-1 Lunch Provided Onsite
1-2:30 Breakout Sessions #1
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:15 Breakout Sessions #2


We have rooms reserved at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview - Wichita, 400 West Douglas Avenue Wichita, KS 67202, Telephone: (316) 262-5000

Rooms have been held for our group and to make reservations, please click on the link below.

https://www.druryhotels.com/bookandstay/newreservation/?groupno=2347908

· Free Hot Breakfast - Start every day with make-your-own Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, KELSO+BROS® coffee and more. Free hot breakfast is served daily from 6–9:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7–10 a.m. on weekends.

· Free 5:30 Kickback®* - Join us from 5:30–7 p.m. every evening to enjoy free hot food and cold beverages at our 5:30 Kickback®. We feature a rotating menu of hot food, beer, wine, mixed drinks and soft drinks.

· Free Wi-Fi Throughout the Hotel - Get the score, check your social networks or email family members from anywhere in the hotel – for free!

· Free Soft Drinks and Popcorn - Freshly popped popcorn and a refreshing beverage make a great snack! Stop by the lobby for free soft drinks and popcorn every evening.

· On-Site Facilities - Take advantage of the business center, fitness center or pool while you’re away from home. Print your boarding pass, finish a presentation or check e-mail in our business centers.

*Service of alcohol is subject to state and local law. Alcoholic beverages are not complimentary and require a nominal charge at the following hotels due to state and local laws: Drury Inn Bowling Green, Drury Suites Paducah, Drury Inn Paducah, and Drury Inn & Suites Louisville.

 Please make your reservations by Friday, April 19, 2019 to receive your group rate. Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rate and availability. Reservations may also be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and refer to your group number 2347908.

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. 

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Congratulations to 2018's 'Alice Award' Recipient:

Joy Hoofer, Ph.D  

Dr. Hoofer is a licensed clinical psychologist, whose work and passion has centered around working with, and advocating for children and families. Prior to her graduate career, she was a daycare provider and EHS Family Educator. Joy earned her Ph.D., in Community-Clinical Psychology from Wichita State University in 2003, under the mentorship and guidance of Dr. James Snyder. She is a consultant, trainer, interventionist and supervisor working with numerous professionals in daycare's, school districts, Early Head Start and Head Start, Parents as Teachers, Tiny K and 0-3 programs. She has been a member of, and served on numerous association and organization boards, including KAIMH, Kansas and Texas Psychological Associations, the Kansas Learning Center for Health and the West Texas Association for Infant Mental Health. Dr. Hoofer is dedicated to increasing individual’s knowledge and advocating for infant and early childhood mental health at various levels of influence. She has a heart for Kansas children and currently serves on multiple Harvey County groups including the Infant Transition Team, ICC and Safe Babies, Safe Families. Joy is devoted to working with professionals who have a real life impact on families, infants and children, in their life journey.


Pictured with Beth Blubaugh KAIMH Association Coordinator.