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Day 2 - Explorations in Development - Surviving and Thriving: Reflecting on the Challenge and Preparing for Our Future

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Course Description
Surviving and Thriving: Reflecting on The Challenge and Preparing for Our Future
The past two years of managing the COVID 19 Pandemic has impacted all of us neurologically, biologically, and socially. This shared experience has resulted in individual responses and unique personal narratives. How do we help others heal as we simultaneously move through our personal grief? Day one of this training will focus on the lessons learned over the past years. Where does our understanding of relationships connect to our COVID story? What will we take with us moving forward vs. practices we need to leave behind? Moments of reflection and small group process will support our dialogue.

Day two of this training will address how we harness the lessons of our past, to learn, heal, grow, and hold challenge, all while moving onward. Development keeps moving forward in the struggle and the triumph. While standing on our knowledge of trauma informed care, we will collectively consider emerging best practices to reimagine our service delivery model. By holding a lens that honors the truth of racism and inequity, we aim to maximize individual strengths from a culturally respectful lens. Our goal will be to equip providers with thoughtful practices to co-create effective interventions, not for families, but rather with families.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will leave this training session with the below skills:
  • Capacity to describe to families and co-workers the impact of stress on an individual’s cognitive availability and relationship capacity.
  • Outline for families the skills of co-regulation as well as model the activity of ‘being with difficult emotional content as a means of reducing stress activation.
  • Demonstrate the use of repair following a relationship rupture as a necessary skill of connecting in moments of relationship instability.
  • Define White Supremacy and provide examples from within the infant early childhood service delivery system.
  • Integrate curious questions to respectfully explore family culture within their practice.
  • Indicate for families the healing benefits of sharing stories of challenge and recovery, during COVID as well as within a family’s historical narrative.
  • Share practices with families that create emotional connection with young children, to promote social emotional health, and build the stress recovery system.


  • Barbara Stroud, PhD

    Barbara Stroud, PhD, is a licensed psychologist with over three decades worth of culturally informed clinical practice in early childhood development and mental health. She is a founding organizer and the inaugural president (2017-2019) of the California Association for Infant Mental Health, a ZERO TO THREE Fellow, and holds prestigious endorsements as an Infant and Family Mental Health Specialist/Reflective Practice Facilitator Mentor. In 2018 Dr. Stroud was honored with the Bruce D. Perry Spirit of the Child Award. Embedded in all of her trainings and consultations are the activities of reflective practice, demonstrating cultural attunement, and holding a social justice lens in the work. Dr. Stroud’s book “How to Measure a Relationship” [published 2012] is improving infant mental health practices around the globe and is now available in Spanish. Her second book, an Amazon best seller, “Intentional Living: finding the inner peace to create successful relationships” walks the reader through a deeper understanding of how their brain influences relationships. Both volumes are currently available on Amazon. Additionally, Dr. Stroud is a contributing author to the text “Infant and early childhood mental health: Core concepts and clinical practice” edited by Kristie Brandt, Bruce Perry, Steve Seligman, & Ed Tronick.

    Dr. Stroud received her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, and she has worked largely with children in urban communities with severe emotional disturbance. Dr. Stroud’s professional career path has allowed her to work across service delivery silos supporting professionals in mental health, early intervention (part c), child welfare, early care and education, family court staff, primary care, and other arenas. She is highly regarded and has been a key player in the inception and implementation of cutting-edge service delivery to children Prenatal to five and their families; her innovative approaches have won national awards. More specifically, Dr. Stroud is a former preschool director, a non-public school administrator, director of infant mental health services and agency training coordinator. She has held an adjunct faculty position at California State Long Beach and maintained a faculty position in the Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship for 12 years. Currently, Dr. Stroud’s primary focus is professional training and private consultation from an anti-racist lens, with a focus on social justice, in the field of infant mental health. Dr. Stroud remains steadfast in her mission to ‘changing the world – one relationship at a time’.

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October 13, 2022
Thu 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 4H 0M

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