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Dr. Mary Kimmel joined us to say farewell and discuss her work across the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Uppsala Universitet, and Washington University - St. Louis. We learned about the microbiome and its importance and connection to mental health.

We discussed the role of Family Partners in helping patients and their families navigate the healthcare system.

We introduced reflective supervision, and Dr. Andi Diaz Stransky presented data on childhood medical conditions and how they can shape future relationships.

Family Soccer

We discussed the concept of glimmers and then received a recap from our October retreat.

Family Time

We came back from summer hiatus and shared program updates.


We celebrated Maternal Mental Health Month with presentations from Veronica Kemeny at Anchor Perinatal Wellness and Emily Odjaghian at Lucy Daniels Center.

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We partnered with the Attachment Networks of Connecticut and Manitoba to offer a joint event. Laura Porter of ACE Interface presented on Self-Healing Communities as a model for sustainable change.

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We learned about the EarlyWell Initiative, which is developing a family-informed policy agenda focused on the social-emotional health and well-being of infants, toddlers, and young children throughout North Carolina. Our featured speaker was Morgan Forrester Ray.

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We learned about Circle of Security Classroom Approach in North Carolina and the COSP Classroom Coaching Model. Our featured speakers were Jennifer Anderson, Marilyn Farrell, Laura Martin, and Asata Virgo.

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We celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month by focusing on how to best serve Latinx families and learning about programs available in the state. Our featured speaker was Sofia Moyano-Kleckner M.Ed, M.A, LPCC, LCMHC, Bilingual Child and Family Therapist at KidSCope.

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Our agenda focused on guided time in breakout rooms to talk about our work and think together about attachment work in our state.

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Our featured speakers this month were Melissa Radcliff, Program Director of Our Children's Place of Coastal Horizons, and Dr. Mary Wise-Kriplani, a clinical faculty member with the NC Child Treatment Program at the Center for Child & Family Health.

They presented on the impact of family separation, grief, and loss using an attachment lens.

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Father and Children

Our featured speaker was Melissa Radcliff, Program Director of Our Children's Place of Coastal Horizons Center.
Our Children's Place of Coastal Horizons Center is a statewide program that serves as North Carolina’s leading advocate and education resource focused on children of incarcerated and returning parents.

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Our agenda focused on networking, with guided time in breakout rooms to make connections and build relationships.

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Featured Speakers:

  • Charlie Slaughter MPH, RD, a Founding Member of the Attachment Network of Connecticut, shared his experience so that we could learn how other people have succeeded in similar efforts.

  • Sharon Loza PhD, Early Intervention Branch Head and Part C Coordinator for the NC Infant-Toddler Program and NC Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Association (NCIMHA) Board President, shared details about the IECMH Endorsement System plans for our state. In addition, she shared funding opportunities relevant to service initiatives for those of us working with young children and their caregivers.

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Kick-off meeting

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