Come Check Us Out! 2024 Summer Presentations

May 16, 2024

LEARN with us in Long Beach at the biggest and best early childhood conference of the year!

Registration for the ZERO TO THREE LEARN Conference 2024 is open! Register today

When: July 31-August 1, 2024
Where: Long Beach Convention Center

Indigo Cultural Center and partners will be facilitating the following workshops at ZERO TO THREE LEARN Conference:

Practice Plenary: Creating Space for Healing—Lessons From The Friendship Bench

July 31, 2024 | 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Join us for an enlightening Practice Plenary featuring Dr. Dixon Chibanda, a dynamic professor in psychiatry and the visionary director of the African Mental Health Initiative (AMARI). Dr. Chibanda founded the Friendship Bench program, a cognitive-behavioral therapy-based approach addressing kufungisisa, colloquially known as “thinking too much”, a local term for depression. The groundbreaking Friendship Bench program provides interventions delivered by trained lay health workers to help bridge the treatment gap for mental, neurological, and substance use disorders. Witness the remarkable success of this scalable approach. Join us as Dr. Chibanda shares his journey of thinking outside the box to empower individuals and build community capacity, and discusses applications and potentials for early childhood professionals and systems to consider.



LS-C7: Future Possibilities in Prenatal-to-5 Mental Health Consultation

July 31, 2024 | 2:30 – 3:30 PM

Hear from prenatal-to-5 mental health consultation experts from early care/education and healthcare on the similarities and differences in practices and approaches. Engage in an exploration of how mental health consultation can be grown to support more families and more workforces across allied prenatal-to-5 disciplines (e.g., birth work, early intervention, home visiting).

As a result of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify similarities and differences between infant and early childhood mental health consultation and perinatal mental health consultation delivery that can inform and improve practice to the benefit of families.

  • Recognize questions and ideas for building mental health consultation into allied prenatal-to-5 systems and service settings beyond early care and education and health care.

  • Describe how consultation enables maximization of existing workforces in the face of mental health provider shortages and limited financial resources.

  • Eva Marie Shivers, JD, PhD Executive Director, Indigo Cultural Center
  • Nancy Byatt, DO Professor with Tenure of Psychiatry, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Population & Quantitative Health Sciences, Lifeline for Families Center and Lifeline for Moms Program at UMass Chan Medical School

LS-F5: Retrieving Our Roots—Sankofa and the Infant Mental Health History Project

August 1, 2024 | 2:30 – 3:30 PM

What would it look like if our IECMH field truly included non-dominant, BIPOC histories in our conceptualization, theory, and practice? Hear about the ongoing work of the Sankofa IMH History Project, reflect on these rich and challenging legacies, and contribute to this collective process.

As a result of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Recall the rationale, goals, vision, and components of the Sankofa IMH History Project.

  • Describe the field’s collective history – whose ideas, voices, and perspectives have been included and excluded and what and how knowledge is reified, prioritized, and disseminated.

  • Recognize strategies through a collective process for evolving the field guided by the concepts of Sankofa, Healing Justice, and the Diversity-Informed Tenets.