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Resources for Healing-Centered Practice

Are you an infant and early childhood professional? This toolkit includes trauma-informed, healing-centered resources to support you in your work with caregivers of children who are prenatal to age 6.

The toolkit is still coming together and more resources will be added soon, including a “road map” to explore the full scope of trauma-informed care, as well as publications, videos, vignettes, modules for deeper learning and archived trainings like the ones below.

If you would like to receive updates on the toolkit as it is created, please reach out to MACMH’s Infant & Early Childhood Director Lauren Moberg at


+ Disposition for Kindness: A Valuable Part of Your Early Childhood Toolbox
+ The Drama of Working with Young Children
+ Self Care + Self Compassion as a Provider in Care & a Provider Who Cares

Disposition for Kindness: A valuable Part of Your Early Childhood Toolbox

All children depend on the kindness of adults to assure them that the world is safe and reliable. Learning is best guided by positive regard— encouraging, applauding, supporting; even hard lessons are best received when adults stay strong and kind.  Children who have experienced persistent and even toxic stress or traumatic events need this reassurance even more, not less— especially when their behaviors feel confusing and against social expectations.  This hour-long training will explore a “disposition for kindness”— our mindset that allows us to stay connected to children as we help them learn and thrive.

Presented by Anne Gearity, PhD, LICSW | Webinar Duration: 1 Hour

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The Drama of Working with Young Children

Providing care for young children can stir up intense reactions in caregiving staff.  In fact, research shows that the challenges that some young children have to endure can create stress in their caregivers. This hour-long training will discuss some of the reasons this work is so hard, present real life examples, and consider ways to handle challenges that occur within ourselves and staff.

Presented by Carol Siegel, PhD, LP | Webinar Duration: 1 Hour

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Who’s Holding You While You Hold the Children: Self Care + Self Compassion as a Provider in Care & a Provider Who Cares

The experiences of being heard, acknowledged, and validated can help every person and every relationship in infant/early childhood work.  Just as you help children and parents begin to confront previously unexamined patterns of stressful experiences, you will want to consider how this work impacts or triggers your responses or reactions.  Exploring these areas can assist in making conscious changes that break potentially harmful patterns during stressful times.  This hour-long training will explore the power of the pause, practice mindfulness, and examine independently how your own stress or triggers might interfere with your self-care and self-compassion.

Presented by Sheila Sweeney, PhD | Webinar Duration: 1 Hour

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This toolkit is made possible using federal funding, 93.434 -ESSA Preschool Development Grants Birth through Five. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more on the Preschool Development Grant web page.