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August 2022 Newsletter


Ready to be a Mentor?

Through the Amanda Ison Diversity Scholarship program, CalAIMH will be recruiting cohorts of diverse infant mental health practitioners across the state and across disciplines. We want to be sure that our new members are welcomed into the organization and find their homes, so that we and they benefit from their involvement.

As part of the welcoming process, we want each new member to have a mentor. So we are recruiting mentors now! If you are an experienced mentor, here is a new opportunity to offer your skills.

If you haven’t been a mentor before, here is your chance to grow into a new and rewarding role. You may be thinking, “I’m not sure I can do this.” If that’s the case, CalAIMH has just the thing: we will be offering voluntary reflective practice groups for mentors, new and experienced.

If you’re interested – and we hope you are – contact Dr. Wendy Sun at We look forward to having you participate in what we expect to be a transformational CalAIMH project.

Wendy Sun Richard Cohen
Chair, Membership & Bylaws President


Social Justice Community Circle:

A Safe Space for Brave and Necessary Conversations

The Social Justice Committee is sponsoring a monthly reflective space for peer consultation. The goal of the group is to provide a space for CalAIMH members to reflect on their work through a social justice lens with the support of their colleagues.

    Social Justice Community Circle

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    Did you know?

    • Our Past President, Barbara Stroud, Ph.D. will be a practice plenary speaker at the ZERO TO THREE annual conference
    • Good News Central
      Members: Do you have good news to share regarding your career or other ventures? Please go to your member portal to submit your news. You can include anything professional and it will be posted publicly on our website. We love sharing information regarding the important work our members are doing.

    Meet a CalAIMH Member

    Lauren Rodarte, LMFT.

    Lauren Rodarte is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about parent-child relationships and enjoys helping families thrive. She currently has her own practice in South Pasadena where she uses several evidenced-based practices, including Child-Parent Psychotherapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
    Lauren Rodarte
    Lauren began her career in mental health while volunteering at a juvenile probation facility where she saw an extreme need for mental health services in addressing childhood trauma. She then focused her attention on early childhood as a preschool teacher before graduating from Pitzer College with a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish. Lauren earned her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College and has worked as a mental health therapist in schools and non-profit agencies contracted by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

    As a bilingual, Spanish-speaking therapist, Lauren works to expand therapy access to various cultural communities. Lauren is an advocate for prevention and early intervention services and is particularly passionate about educating parents and the community about the importance of infant mental health.

    When she is not working, you will most likely find her outdoors with her husband and two young children, dancing, or exploring a new recipe in the kitchen.

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    Attention All Members!

    Work on a common cause or spark your creative channel. We would love to welcome more members to be involved in the different committees. Here are the meeting times for each committee:
    • Communities of Practice: The third Monday of the month at 7 pm
    • Marketing: The second Monday of the month from at 5 pm
    • Membership and Bylaws: The second Thursday of the month at 6 pm
    • Policy and Advocacy: The last Thursday of the month at 7:30 am
    • Training and Education: The third Monday of the month at 5 pm
    • Social Justice: The third Monday of the month at 3:30 pm
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