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Mental Health Symposium

Sat, September 29, 20187:30 AM - 12:30 PM

DuPage Chapter of Illinois AEYC



Addressing Children’s Mental Health Symposium

Saturday, September 29, 2018


National Louis University

850 Warrenville Road

Lisle, Illinois  60532

7:30 a.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Workshops


Registration closes September 21, 2018

Registration is mail-in only


Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy child development.  Without an environment of supportive relationships, toxic stress can have a cumulative toll on a child’s mental health, physical wellbeing, and overall development.  As early childhood providers, we are often the first line of defense for young children.  This symposium is geared for all teachers working with young children.


Crafting and Facilitating Resilience in Children   Dr. Nikki Massey-Hastings, PsyD, LCD

Practical strategies will be presented for building the architecture of self-esteem and resilience in young children.


    Toxic Anxiety in Children     Dr. Matthew Hefferon, PsyD, MA

A general overview of the effects of toxic anxiety (including the effects of trauma, abuse, neglect, and aggregate anxiety over time) will be presented.  Case examples will be shared for discussion.  Further areas explored will include neurological and psychological effects for adults who have experienced toxic anxiety.  Treatment options and approaches will be shared.


Earn 4 hours professional development credit

Light snacks and water will be provided



Members of NAEYC/ILAEYC - $30

Non-members - $40

COD students -  $25

NO REFUNDS unless event is cancelled


For more information or a mail-in registration form email:  dupage@chapter.illlinoisaeyc.org