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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: Clarissa DeWitt, LMHC, RPT, IMH-E® and Zero to Three The Growing Brain Certified Trainer

Clarissa DeWitt serves as Senior Clinical Director for the Child First program at the Center for Child Counseling where she focuses on providing reflective supervision for staff within the Child First program. She is trained in a wide variety of treatment models including Child Parent Psychotherapy, EMDR, TF-CBT and variety of play therapy models. She received specialized training through the Harris Institute with Florida State University focusing on the unique issues of pregnant women and their young children. Ms. DeWitt uses a strength-based perspective addressing behavior issues, trauma/PTSD, mood disorders and family issues.


Schedule & Agenda

**Note: This 21-hour training series is held in 7 sessions on Monday and Wednesday mornings over 4 weeks**


Session 1:  Wednesday January 19th

Unit 1: Brain Basics

Session 2:  Monday January 24th

Unit 2: Factors Affecting Brain Growth and Development

Session 3:  Wednesday January 26th 

Unit 3: Communication and Language Development

Session 4:  Monday January 31st 

Unit 4: Cognition and Executive Function

Session 5:  Wednesday February 2nd 

Unit 5: Social–Emotional Development

Session 6:  Monday February 7th 

Unit 6: Understanding Behavior

Session 7:  Wednesday February 9th 

Unit 7: Everyday Play


Register here by Wednesday January 12, 2021.


This training will be held online via Zoom.

Questions? Email us.

24 Jan 2022
9:00am - 12:00pm EST

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