Child Welfare and Advocacy Through an Infant Mental Health Lens

0.5 NAPNAP Contact Hour. This continuing education activity is offered at a reduced rate to NAPNAP Members. This continuing education activity rate is $5 for NAPNAP Members. For non- members, this continuing education activity rate is $10.

This course will review the impact of adverse early childhood experiences on infant and child mental health with a focus on child maltreatment. This course also provides an overview of infant mental health and practical ways of incorporating the principles of infant mental health in practice when caring for children who have experienced maltreatment.  

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This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as an agency providing continuing education credit. individuals who complete this program and earn a 70% or higher score on the post tests will be awarded 0.5 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners contact hours.

Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses.

Learning Objectives

1. Recognize the impact of early childhood experiences and child maltreatment on early child development and mental health.

2. Define infant mental health (IMH).

3. Recognize the importance of using an IMH lens and trauma informed care in pediatric primary care.

4. Discuss practical implications for practice. 


Course summary
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Dr. Stephanie Spain, DNP, MSN, P-CNP, PMHS, RN-BC, IMH-E 
Dr. Spain is faculty at State University of New York, Brockport in the RN to BS program.  Dr. Spain previously worked as a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and clinical director at Foster Care Clinic in Pediatrics.  This unique practice provides primary and mental health care for foster care children and refugees. Given her passion for high-risk pediatric patients, Dr. Spain became a certified primary care mental health care specialist and is actively looking for grant and publication opportunities to further support this population.  She is also Infant Mental Health endorsed in New York State.  She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has numerous local and legislative presentations advocating for high-risk pediatric patients.

Dr. Paula Barbel, PhD, CPNP-PC
Dr. Barbel is an Associate Professor at the State University of New York, Brockport. Her research interests include child maltreatment, adverse childhood events, foster care and trauma-informed care. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner at a primary care office that cares exclusively for children and teens in foster care.

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