Infant and Toddler Mental Health Foundations: Theory into Practice by Dr Ingrid Anderson


Infant mental health refers to practices that support children’s social and emotional development from birth to three. Infant mental health is the key to responsive caregiving that supports both families and early childhood professionals and the development of healthy social and emotional behaviors in young children. In this workshop, we examine the six pillars of infant toddler mental health: social-emotional development; risk and resiliency; self-regulation; attachment; the continuum of supports for early mental health; and the importance of relationships and family culture. As early childhood professionals, we support children birth to 3, through a framework that builds on dynamic models of infant and toddler development. From attachment to adverse childhood experiences, we come to understand how the brain is both built and impacted by relationships. Join us as we reflect on practices to support children from birth to three years in forming secure adult and peer relationships, experiencing, managing, and expressing a full range of emotions, and exploring the environment and learning in building the brain.


Infant-Toddler-Mental-Health-Foundation-DrIngridDr Ingrid Anderson
Ingrid Anderson, Ed.D. is an assistant professor of practice in the College of Education at Portland State University. She is a faculty and Coordinator of the Infant Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate (one of the oldest in the United States) and Co-Coordinator of the Master of Early Childhood: Inclusive Education degree. She facilitates the Provost’s interdisciplinary Early Childhood Council that supports the ongoing development and strengthening of interdisciplinary work in early childhood across schools and colleges throughout PSU. 

She holds a BA in women’s studies from San Diego State University, and an M.Ed. in education with a focus on conflict resolution and peaceable schools from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Portland State University in 2014. In 2019, Dr. Anderson was named Researcher of the Year for the College of Education. Her current research includes a three-year project exploring Infant Toddler Mental Health Systems of Care in rural Oregon. Her research interests include early childhood educator emotional resiliency and community advocacy for early childhood education.


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