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Protecting and Promoting the Social, Emotional and Mental Health of Infants and Toddlers presented by Ennis C. Baker, MSW, LCSW, Family Partnership Manager/Mental Health Specialist, Orange County Head Start/Early Head Start

When: Tuesday October 11,2016, 12pm-2:00pm, Lunch provided (11:15am –12:00pm)

WhereUNC School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC   Directions and parking

Continuing Education2 hours

Fees: Workshop fee is $35

Workshop is offered free of charge to current UNC SSW students, staff, faculty, and to current UNC SSW Field Instructors and Task Supervisors (obtain coupon code from Field Office)

$15.00 for Family and Community Members, $5.00 for UNC Students

Additional $6 charge for psychologists who would like to receive Category A credit (please bring $6 day of event)

Registration: online pre-registration  (You may pre-register up until the day before the program)


The field of Early Childhood Mental Health is blossoming and bringing increased awareness to the vulnerabilities and opportunities of the first 5 years of life. In this session we will explore the evidence of the need to concentrate more resources and expand our expertise around engaging and strengthening all of the adults who young children depend on – especially parents and child care providers of children under 3. One of the best indicators of the health of a community is how well it protects and invests in the youngest children and young children’s wellbeing depends on the wellbeing of their caregivers.



FFbakerEnnis Baker is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in early childhood mental health and has served in a variety of roles serving at-risk children ages birth to 5 and their families. She began her career as a toddler teacher in 1988 and has worked in various counties in North Carolina serving as a home visitor, program director and as a social worker on a multidisciplinary team responsible for determining eligibility for early intervention services for children under 5. In 1999, she began working as an administrator and mental health specialist for Orange County Early Head Start in Chapel Hill, NC and 17 years later, she serves as the Family Partnership Manager/Mental Health Specialist for the same program that now serves 244 Head Start and Early Head Start children. In this role, she consults with program staff and families around issues of toxic stress, child abuse & neglect, parenting, preventing and managing children’s challenging behavior, adult & child mental health and strengthening families by strengthening protective factors.

Handouts: All handouts for the event are posted please click links- acestoohigh-aces-and-resilience-questions links-to-learn-more-about-early-childhood-mental-health-100316 the-soc-emot-and-mental-health-of-infants-toddlers-oct-11-2016

Learning Objectives: 

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to

  • Participants will learn about the importance of engaging and strengthening families/caregivers to improve outcomes for young children
  • Participants will learn about the impact of toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) on infant & toddlers’ development, health, behaviors and later success in school and life
  • Participants will learn about a variety of evidence-based strategies that can be implemented by any adult to promote protective factors in families of children under 3 to increase children’s resilience


Transportation/ DirectionsThe most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. Parking fee is $1.50/ hour. The Carolina Inn next door on Pittsboro has space-available pay parking for a flat fee of $10/day. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work. Directions.

Payment and Refund policies:  There will be no refunds issued, however you may transfer your place to a colleague or receive credit for future lecture. Please contact Barbara Leach at 919-966-0396 to make arrangements, or if you have any other questions.

Information on Continuing Educational Credit:

Contact hours provided for LCSWs and LMFTs hours

CEU: Two Contact Hours per event

2 Contact Hours from UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

2 Contact Hours NBCC (provider #6642) The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  

Each lecture is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the UNC School of Social Work. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Each workshop is offered for 2 Hours of continuing education credit.

No partial credit will be given. Participants must attend the entire program in order to receive credit.

Attendance Policy:  To receive credit, you must be present for the entire session, and you must sign the sign in and sign-out sheets (for psychologists )

ADA Statement: If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please call us at 919-966-0396 no later than ten business days before the program.

Additional questions? Contact Barbara Leach at or 919-966-0396


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