KAIMH Annual Conference 2021

April 29-30, 2021
Virtual Conference

Conference Fees:


Two Day Pass – $200

One Day Pass – $100


Two Day Pass – $250
One Day Pass – $125


To register for the conference, you must be logged into the KAIMH website. If you don’t have an account or membership, please follow these steps:

  1. For the best conference price, become a KAIMH member here
  2. After you become a member, you will receive an email. Follow the steps in the email to setup your account.
  3. After you login to your account, register here.

If you don’t want to become a KAIMH member, you can still register for the conference, but you need to setup a free account on the KAIMH website. Please follow these steps:

  1. Create an account for the KAIMH website by clicking the Create Account link on the account login page.
  2. After you create your account, login to your account.
  3. Next, you can register for an account here. Remember, the member fee for the conference and membership is less than the conference fee for non-members!

Refunds/cancellations will be accepted until April 12, 2021, 5PM, there will be  $25 processing fee for cancellations.  No refunds will be provided after April 12, 2021 5PM

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Conference Agenda

April 29, 2021Thursday (Day 1)
9:00-11:00 a.m.Anne Meeker, Ph.D. – Founder and Owner of SING.PLAY.LOVE.®
Reading, singing and snuggling with infants and toddlers aides this important stage of brain development. Anne will provide songs, resources, and activities to facilitate attachment, emerging language and self-regulation through nurturing relationships. Targeted goals are imitation, emotional awareness, classification and labeling, sound play and exploration and independence.
Kansas Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (KAIMH) Infant Mental Health
Endorsement® Orientation (see breakout of session below)


Overall Session Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe how to attain the KAIMH Infant Mental Health Endorsement® and its impact on services for infants, toddlers and families.
  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how early childhood mental health services are a part of overall mental health service delivery from a developmental and relational standpoint.

·         Participants will recognize their level of competence in early childhood mental health and identify areas of competence to provide supportive mental health services.

11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Introduction to Infant Mental Health: Be A Voice for Babies
Presenters: Lana Messner, M.S.Ed., IMH-E®, Infant Mental Health Mentor, & Tammy Wallin, MS, IMH-E®, Infant Family Specialist, Chair, KAIMH Endorsement Committee
Description: Understanding infant mental health is the foundational to the KAIMH Infant Mental Health Endorsement®. This session will give an overview of infant mental health including the basics of brain development, discuss what infant and early childhood mental health is, and how that knowledge can benefit the child, family and caregiver.
12:00-12:30 p.m. Lunch Break
12:30-1:30 p.m.Orientation to the KAIMH Infant Mental Health Endorsement®
Presenter: Beth Blubaugh, LCMFT, IMH-E®, Infant Family Specialist, KAIMH Association Coordinator
Description: IMH Endorsement® is a credential that supports and recognizes the development of professionals who work with or on behalf of infants, toddlers, and their families. This credential uses a nationally recognized set of competencies that define best practice and guides professional growth. This session will discuss the process of completing the Endorsement, the value of IMH Endorsement®, an overview of Kansas Association of Infant and Early childhood Mental Health (KAIMH) and how it can benefit professionals in the early childhood field.
1:30-1:40 p.m.Break
1:40-2:20 p.m. Specialized Training for IMH Endorsement®
Presenters: Lana Messner, M.S.Ed., IMH-E®, Infant Mental Health Mentor, & Tammy Wallin, MS, IMH-E®, Infant Family Specialist, Chair, KAIMH Endorsement Committee
Description: The Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IMH-E®) documents competency in the infant, young child-family field. It recognizes professionals who understand these concepts and apply them to their work with families and children. This session will explore professional development and training resources to attain this skill level in infant and early childhood mental health practice.
2:20-4:00 p.m.Reflective Supervision
Presenter: Rick Gaskill, Ed.D., IMH-E®, Infant Mental Health Mentor-Clinical
Description: The presentation on reflective supervision is an overview of the history of supervision of professionals, their professional development and maintenance throughout their practice. A historical review of supervision, types of supervision, and how the focus of infant mental health lends itself to reflective supervision are discussed. Further, the complex nature of multiple layers of relationships in the family and between the infant, family, and therapist are explored as a way of understanding the value of the reflective process.
4:00-4:15 p.m.Wrap-Up and Q&A will be conducted by all presenters.
April 30, 2021Friday (Day 2)
9:00-11:00 a.m. Over Our Hearts
Presenter: Shana Schmidt, LPC, IMH-E(III)®
Discussion and sharing the evolution of the book based on her experiences & perspective throughout her daughter’s pregnancy and young parenting journey. Shana will take a deeper dive into how ‘listening-in’ unfolded during that time and how it continues to be her go-to when emotionally stuck.

Copies of the book “Over Our Hearts” will shipped to each registrant of the conference.

10:00-10:15 a.m.Break
10:15-11:00 a.m.  Session Continued
11:00-11:30 a.m. KAIMH Annual Meeting
11:30 a.m.-12: 45 p.m.Lunch
12:45-1:00 p.m.Alice Eberhart Wright Award
1:00-4:00 p.m. Shana Schmidt, LPC, IMH-E(III)®
Weaving professional experiences with personal growth through competency awareness; Shana will share self-care, reflective practices, empathy building and how the increase of those practices changed her professional perspective toward others, families, and professionals.
2:15-2:40 p.m.Break
2:40-4:00 p.m.Session Continues

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. 

Lana 2020

Congratulations to 2020 ‘Alice Award’ Recipient:

Lana Messner, IMH-E 

Lana has more than 30 years of experience providing technical assistance, coaching and professional development for Head Start programs, teachers in early childhood settings, child care center program administrators, and state level administrators of Child Care Resource and Referral initiatives. She has conducted state and regional research and data collection in early childhood programs in Kansas.

As one of the first group of Board members to achieve the KAIMH Infant Mental Health Endorsement, and as the previous KAIMH Endorsement Coordinator, Lana has a strong foundation in infant and early childhood mental health.  She has extensive experience in developing both face-to-face and online professional development and presenting at local, state, regional and national conferences on a wide variety of topics including infant and early childhood mental health, evaluation and research, program design and implementation, state and local collaboration, diversity, oral health, child abuse prevention, physical activity and nutrition, and professional development.  

Lana lives in Lawrence, KS and enjoys travel, gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.