The First Three Months . . .

LaurieSLaurie 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!

My Best!

Fellow Laurie Schoenberg

The following is a sampling of topics, highlighted information and the associated faculty during the first three months of my Fellowship:

FIRST Riverside County Fellow Selected for Prestigious Infant-Parent Mental Health Program

LaurieSFirst 5 Riverside, the Riverside County Children & Families Commission,  is pleased to sponsor Laurie Schoenberg, MFT, as 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.

Since 2002, the Fellowship program has supported individual infant & early childhood providers in advancing their specialized expertise in infant and early childhood mental health, and developing leadership skills in this transdisciplinary field. Having a local participant gives Riverside County the opportunity to enhance and expand mental health services for infants and young children, community resources and expertise. The Napa IPMHFP’s 300 alumni Fellows come from across the U.S. and around the world, and include Fellows from 34 California counties and multiple disciplines. 

RIVERSIDE COUNTY’S FELLOW

For more than 20 years, Laurie has worked in early childhood education as an infant/toddler/preschool teacher, administrator/director, and professor at both community colleges and private universities. She is a licensed marriage family therapist, specializing in attachment issues, developmental delays, parent/child relationships, and regulatory and sensory processing issues. She also has experience with children at risk for developmental delays and special needs challenges, and has worked with the California Early Start Unit at two California Regional Centers.  

From 2007 to 2013, she was the First 5 Riverside early care & education administrator. Prior, she lived in Sacramento working as a clinical child therapist for UC Davis Children’s Pediatric Hospital. Her focus at UC Davis was specializing in infant and preschool mental health and their parents in strengthening parent/child relationships.  

Laurie grew up in the Southern California area and holds a Master of Science in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. She and her husband have five adult children and five grandchildren.

 “I look forward to the Fellowship. I am extremely grateful and honored for the First 5 Riverside commissioners’ support in this world class fellowship and to learn from global luminaries in the field of infant-parent mental health!”    

First 5 Riverside looks forward to the information and development Laurie will bring back to Riverside County. Check back soon as she chronicles her journey on the First 5 Years blog keywords “Napa Fellow”.