Laurie Schoenberg, MFT, is the first Riverside County participant in the 2016-2017 UC Davis Extension Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program (IPMHFP), a highly regarded 15-month intensive, interdisciplinary training and mentoring program for professionals working with children ages 0 to 5. Learn more about her First 5 Riverside-sponsorship HERE.
Learn more about her experience in her own words below.
It is my pleasure to share my fabulous journey during the first three months of the University of California Davis Extension 2016-2017 Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program (IPMHF) in Napa, CA!
IPMHF engages some of the most recognized luminaries in the field assisting the enrolled Fellows in understanding birth through five relationships with their families or other caregivers. The faculty for 2016-2017 represent the disciplines of medicine (pediatrics and psychiatry), psychology, nursing, neuroscience, education, special education, MFT, social work, PT, SLP, human development and psychoanalysis. The first trainings included esteemed experts I previously only read about in journal articles and text books and now have the pleasure of experiencing interactive, dynamic didactic and reflective sessions with!
Words cannot begin to describe how grateful I am to the First 5 Riverside Commissioners for this cherished opportunity in my lifetime in understanding the enormously complex process between young children and their caregivers! My clinical work has already begun to change in discovering meanings alongside the baby/child and their parent/caregiver.
My biggest take-away over the last three months…There is no need to provide an immediate answer to a parent/caregiver, but to learn the tremendous value in wondering and being curious together. Dr. Brazelton’s most powerful words: “trust the baby’s language”.
So much to learn through readings, research, assignments and monthly trainings….I am embracing this journey ….difficult at moments but knowing the opportunity is far greater than feeling tired!
Looking forward to my next blog hopefully around the end of June!
Fellow Laurie Schoenberg