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The Growing Brain from Birth to 5 Years

This innovative training curriculum focuses on evidence-informed knowledge and strategies with which to prepare professionals who work with infants and young children for their vital role in building healthy brains. The curriculum fills a unique niche by providing a comprehensive understanding of how the brain develops, along with ways the professional can encourage healthy brain development in children from birth to 5 years old.

Participants will learn skills and strategies for understanding and supporting:

  • Brain development (architecture and neurobiology) to inform their practice with infants, young children & their families;
  • Language, cognition, prosocial behavior, and social-emotional development birth to five; and
  • Reducing toxic stress that can negatively influence brain development of young children.

Trainer: Kathryn Shea, LCSW, Zero to Three The Growing Brain Certified Trainer, IMH Leader in Florida and retired CEO of The Florida Center in Sarasota, FL


Schedule & Agenda

**Note: This 21-hour training series is held in 7 sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons over 4 weeks**

Session 1:  Tuesday July 20th

Unit 1: Brain Basics

Session 2:  Thursday July 22nd

Unit 2: Factors Affecting Brain Growth and Development

Session 3:  Tuesday July 27th

Unit 3: Communication and Language Development

Session 4:  Thursday July 29th

Unit 4: Cognition and Executive Function

Session 5:  Tuesday August 3rd

Unit 5: Social–Emotional Development

Session 6:  Thursday August 5th

Unit 6: Understanding Behavior

Session 7:  Tuesday August 10th

Unit 7: Everyday Play

Register here by Friday July 16, 2021.


This training will be held online via Zoom.

Questions? Email us.

27 Jul 2021
2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT

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  • online via Zoom