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  • The Intersectionality of Child Welfare and Early Childhood Mental Health
     May 13, 2022
     9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Intersectionality of Child Welfare and Early Childhood Mental Health

This full day training, presented by Dr. Azzi, will focus on early childhood mental health, including trauma, attachment needs of young children in foster care. Topics will include best practice for visitation/parenting time, and transitions for young children. The afternoon session will focus on clinical needs of young children including assessment and intervention. Agenda to follow.

Dr. Azzi received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2001.  Throughout his 21-year career, the vast majority of Dr. Azzi’s work has been in the field of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health, particularly with children/families involved in the child welfare system.  Dr. Azzi received his training in IMH and Child Welfare work at the Tulane/Jefferson Parish Infant Team, a multidisciplinary team of professionals responsible for providing thorough, comprehensive evaluations and recommendations to the Juvenile Court, as well as therapeutic services for young children and families, under the leadership of international experts Dr. Charles Zeanah and Dr. Julie Larrieu.  When Dr. Azzi relocated to Arizona in 2006, he accepted a position at Southwest Human Development where he served in a variety of roles, including working as a therapist and clinical supervisor at the Good Fit Counseling Center (Arizona’s only public mental health clinic serving children ages 0-5, over 90% of which are in DCS care), core faculty for the Harris Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Institute, consultant to a variety of programs including Early Head Start, Nurse Family Partnership and the AZ Department of Child Safety as a Unit Consultant.  In 2019 Dr. Azzi began providing consultation to the AZ Department of Child Safety on a full time basis where he has been assisting Child Safety Specialists in a wide variety of decision making including (but not limited to) evaluation and/or therapy referrals, recommendations regarding visitation, transitioning children between homes/placements, family reunification/severance as well as helping Child Safety Specialists gain greater awareness as to their important role in the lives of families.

Lunch Included

Space is limited. If you are unable to attend after registering please email so that someone on the waitlist can attend. 


1100 Prescott Lakes Pkwy, Prescott, Arizona, 86301, United States