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Infant and Toddler Mental Health: Severe Emotional Disturbance presented by Dr. Wendy Kovacs

  • Wednesday, January 26, 2022
  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Online Webinar (please note this is Central Standard Time)
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  • Free for students who are currently enrolled in a University. Please e-mail us at to obtain your registration code.

This training will be presented by Dr. Wendy Kovacs a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist currently working as a Mental Health Trainer and Consultant for Children’s Research Triangle. Dr. Kovacs has experience providing therapeutic treatment to children, adolescents, adults, and families with advanced clinical training in attachment therapy and trauma. Dr. Kovacs previously worked as a therapist in a foster care agency. She teaches Marriage and Family Therapy courses and supervises clinicians. Dr. Kovacs has provided trainings on attachment therapy, managing trauma reactions in children, and adoption issues. She is a Clinical Fellow, an Approved Supervisor, and an Approved Supervisor Mentor in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

This training will strengthen understanding of the interaction between developmental and environmental factors upon early childhood mental health issues, specifically behavioral concerns. Participants will learn about developmental milestones and how these milestones are used to assess developmental delays and prodromal mental health concerns. We will discuss environmental and biological influences on behavior, as well as commonly occurring mental health diagnoses in children under the age of 3 years. Finally, empirically-evidenced treatment options will be reviewed.

Participants will understand prodromal behaviors and the importance of early detection of mental health indicators.

Participants will connect developmental and environmental factors to childhood mental health issues.

Participants will understand the connection between behaviors and potential mental health diagnoses in infants and toddlers.

1.5 total hours of Early Intervention credit will be awarded for this webinar in the following categories: to be determined

(please note credit is currently unavailable for states outside of Illinois)

This training is open to all Early Intervention Providers and Service Coordinators 

Please note, a strict no cancellation policy will be enforced for all IDTA webinars

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