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September 2020 Newsletter

Contributions to this newsletter are brought to you by the committee members of CalAIMH and designed by the marketing committee. If you are interested in participating in this or any committee, contact us at: Thank you to all that help make this newsletter possible. Your dedication to CalAIMH is greatly appreciated.

Highlight a CalAIMH Member

Pam Oshiro-Fossati

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Pam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy, endorsed as an Early Childhood Mental Health Practitioner and a Reflective Practice Facilitator II. She has worked in the field of community based mental health for approximately 18 years. Pam currently holds the Clinical Program Coordinator position at the Community Solutions, a non-profit agency serving the Santa Clara County communities. For the past 7 years, the focus of Pam’s clinical work has been on the birth to five population.
She is deeply passionate about trauma work and early intervention. She finds early childhood mental health work to be fascinating, powerful, healing, and truly impactful. This work makes a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable in our communities. The field of early childhood mental health has brought together so many amazing professionals with a wide range of expertise and knowledge. Pam feels excited to be a part of this network, sharing the passion for serving young children and their families.
One of Pam’s most memorable experiences in doing the infant-family and early childhood mental health
work is witnessing the power of relationship and the parallel process from supervisor to provider to
parent to child. Pam believes in the importance of integrating reflective practice as it is an essential
component of providing services for the little ones and the families as well as supporting staff. There is so much to learn and grow from serving young children and their families and caregivers. Pam is
committed to keep learning and growing in this field!

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Policy Updates

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ZERO TO THREE has created the State of Babies Yearbook: 2020 that compares national and state-by-state data on the well-being of infants and toddlers. The Yearbook tells the story of the current state of babies living in the United States and where the nation is headed by looking at three key factors:
  • Good Health
  • Strong Families, and
  • Positive Learning Experiences
Visit to learn more, download the Yearbook, and look at the specific data for California.

Clinical Resource Spotlights

They're Not Too Young...

"Young children notice and think about race. Adults often worry that talking about race will encourage racial bias in children, but the opposite is true. Silence about race reinforces racism by letting children draw their own conclusions based on what they see. Teachers and families can play a powerful role in helping children of all ages develop positive attitudes about race and diversity and skills to promote a more just future—but only if we talk about it."

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How can we do better by our kids?

"Life for California’s children in the midst of a pandemic – not to mention fast-spreading wildfires and a record-breaking heat wave – is beyond stressful right now, and many parents and caregivers are asking: How can we do better by our kids? …In an online discussion hosted by CalMatters, three prominent child health experts offered suggestions for families struggling with the multiple crises confronting the state and nation.”

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Clinical Interventions wants to hear from you!

The Clinical Interventions Committee will be offering CalAIMH members reflective opportunities to build community and share experiences related to IMH clinical intervention practice. We value everyone's practice perspective and need your help to know which topics would be most interesting to you.

Submit Your Response

Training Updates

Reflective Practice Groups Continue

As COVID-19 hit in early Spring, the Training & Education committee has been exploring ways to support our CalAIMH members and have been successful by offering virtual reflective practice groups and webinar trainings. These membership benefits were born from the collective effort among those in the Reflective Practice subcommittee.

Virtual groups have been provided on a voluntary basis by some of CalAIMH’s endorsed reflective practice facilitators/mentors. These groups led by Barbara Stroud, Jennifer Silverstein, and Diane Reynolds have explored the effects of this pandemic on our professional work and have deepened discussions to include reflections on racism and social injustice. If you are interested in joining a virtual group today, please contact the facilitators directly.

Richard Cohen (RPF I) has a group meeting on
Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm, bi-weekly.
He can be reached directly at to sign up.

Vasudha Narasimha (RPF II) has a group meeting on
Saturdays from 10:00-11:00 am, bi-weekly.
She can be reached directly at to sign up.

*New Group: Chad Brinderson (RPF II) will be offering a group on
Tuesdays from 5:00-6:30 pm, frequency TBD.
He can be reached directly at to sign up.

Are you an endorsed Reflective Practice Facilitator or Mentor and interested in running a group for members? Let us know! To run a group or for any questions, email us at:

*Please note: Membership is required to register for the groups. Not yet a member, click here

Member Benefit Webinars will continue in lieu of the CalAIMH 2021 Conference

As it became apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic would continue for an undetermined time, we made the decision to cancel the CalAIMH conference scheduled for 2021. As a committee, we understood the importance of offering learning opportunities and highlighting the wealth of knowledge within our professional community. CalAIMH member, Diane Reynolds, volunteered to be our first webinar speaker, presenting Observe, Reflect, Respond: Reflective Practice on Zoom!, which proved to be a very popular and relevant topic. The success of this webinar is measured not only by the very high evaluation scores given by the participants but also by the addition of more than 30 new members to CalAIMH!

Our second webinar titled Addressing Racism and Social Justice in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Challenging Ourselves and Systems with CalAIMH member Dominique Eugene along with Myisha Driver-Wood, La Tonya Lawrence, and Jennifer Lassiter was met with enthusiasm and fostered inspiration.

If you wish to suggest a topic and/or presenter for a webinar, please contact us to complete a training proposal form. If you are interested in joining the Training & Education committee email us at:

Marketing Updates

In Case You Missed It...

Members are able to view past webinars when they log in to the CalAIMH website using their member login information. Find the "member portal" at the top right hand corner of the website and click on the link. There you will find past webinars for you to view.

Increasing Our Social Media Presence

Did you know that we have increased our social media presence in the past few months? Our Facebook page and our Instagram following continue to grow as the marketing committee pushes out efforts to share evidence-based information to our community as well as events and webinars. Please be sure to like our page and stay informed via Facebook or follow us on Instagram. And be sure to share our posts with your network. This will help us grow as an organization and help ensure more people get valuable information.

Job Announcements

Are you seeking qualified Infant Mental Health candidates for your organization? We can post jobs on the CalAIMH member portal page to help you reach more potential candidates.
Just email us at:
CalAIMH members: look for these opportunities in your member portal.

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