Announcing Best Starts for Kids Workforce Development Workshops

The following workshops from July to December 2021 are designed to promote prenatal-five workforce professional development in King County and are open to all King County providers working with young children. Learn more about how Best Starts supports professionals who work with young children here

Infant Mental Health 101 

Shelter in place requirements have changed the way we provide home visiting services. While many providers are in a time of re-imagining the work, this training will look at some foundational infant mental health (IMH) skills of learning from the family through keen observations. We will explore together, how to best learn from our families as we artfully embrace the power of inquisitive observation as a tool for intervention and caregiver empowerment.  

The trainings will be facilitated by Barbara Stroud, PhD is a renowned trainer, consultant, author, co-founding organizer of CalAIMH and an experienced graduate level faculty member. She holds endorsement as an Infant Family Early Child Mental Health Specialist/Reflective Practice Facilitator Mentor and is a ZERO TO THREE Fellow. 

This IMH training series includes a series of four, 2-hour sessions. All participants must attend all four sessions within the same group as you will engage with the same participants over the 4 weeks. 

Group 1 
9-11 AM on July 8, July 15, August 22 and August 29.

Group 1 is currently full. 
Group 2 
1-3 PM on July 8, July 15, August 22, and August 29.

 Group 1 is currently full.
Group 3 
10 AM -12 PM on August 4, August 11, August 18, August 25.   

Group 1 is currently full.
Group 4 
2-4 PM on August 4, August 11, August 18, August 25

There are 20 spots currently open.
  • View the workshop openings and register here.  We will email you the workshop Zoom information a few days prior to the session.
  • If the group you wanted to join is currently full, please join a waitlist here

The Ripple Effect – Trauma Informed Practice 

September 2021 (final dates and registration links will be updated here) 

This 2-part workshop presents an integrative framework for understanding and communicating across systems about how trauma can affect a child, a family, and a system. The framework was developed by Chandra Ghosh Ippen, Christopher Layne, and Bob Pynoos of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and is adapted from core trauma concepts identified and ratified by the NCTSN Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma Task Force.  

The trainings will be facilitated by Dr. Chandra Ghosh Ippen. 

  • We encourage to attend the full workshop or at least attend 80% of a session in order to receive STARS credit (for those eligible) as well as completion certifications.  If you miss segments of sessions due to technical issues, emergency, or urgent matters, please check in with WFD Program Managers: Ebasa Sarka and Reginald B. Cole

Race-Based Trauma and BIPOC Communities: Pathways to Coping, Healing, and Succeeding in Racist Spaces

This training is administered via caucus-based format that is specifically designed for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) participants. We asked that this equity-driven, culturally responsive approach is honored and respected by our White colleagues, communities, friends, and peers. 

Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are subjected to racism on a daily basis, simply because of the color of their skin. This training is design specifically to meet the unique needs of people identifying as BIPOC. The intent of this training is to encourage and support BIPOC with acknowledging and affirming the exhaustive, and harmful effects of RBT on our overall well-being. We will employ culturally responsive and preventative measures for coping with and healing from RBT and integrating culturally relevant strategies for being successful in White spaces. 

The trainings will be facilitated by Dr. Sharon Knight. 

We encourage participants to attend all three sessions: 

Part 1: Race-Based Trauma and the Connection to Internalized Oppression — November 30th: 9:00am – 12:00pm  

Part 2: Recuperating from Internalized Oppression and Race-Based Trauma — December 1:  9:00am – 12:00pm 

Part 3: Interrupting the Intergenerational Cycle of Cultural Suicide — December 2: 9:00am – 12:00pm

The RSVP link will be provided here, 2 months prior to the first session.

Additional Workshop Information 

  • Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel your registration as we will offer the spot to someone else. 
  • The trainings have STAR Credits available, please provide your STARS ID number upon registration (if applicable). 
  • We are committed to making our workshops accessible to all. Please let us know if you require interpreting services or other ADA/Section 504 accommodations by contacting us at 
  • For questions about registration, please email For any other questions, please contact Ebasa Sarka ( and Reginald B. Cole ( Thank you! 

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