Tobin-Thompson Pediatric Lectureship

Tobin-Thompson Pediatric Lectureship

Infant and Early Child Mental Health: It's Never Too Late but Earlier is Better!

When it comes to supporting the healthy development of our youngest children, we sometimes find ourselves asking: When is an issue with behavior a part of typical development, or a mental health concern? What does therapy look like for children who can’t yet talk? How early is too early to diagnose mental health symptoms in children?

Join early childhood therapist, Jesse Flynn, LICSW, IMH-E® for a lively discussion diving into the research and best practices for supporting the emotional health of children from birth through 5 years of age. CME credits are offered.

Thursday, November 2

6 – 8 pm

Redleaf Center for Family Healing
717 South 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Complimentary parking voucher offered for the HCMC Parking Ramp. Enter the ramp at 614 South 7th St or 615 South 6th St. Take the elevator to the skyway (level 2) and follow the signs to Redleaf.


6 - 6:30 pm  Reception

  • Refreshments
  • Tour our Redleaf Center for Family Healing
  • Welcome

6:30 - 7:30 pm  Jesse Flynn

7:30 - 8 pm  Q & A

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CME credits available

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe how primary caregivers support the emotional development of infants and young children.
  • Identify the differences in assessment and intervention with children 0-5 years old compared to older children.
  • Apply an infant and early childhood mental health lens to their work and setting.
  • Understand the factors that would indicate a need for referral and early childhood mental health services.

About our keynote speaker

Jesse FlynnJesse Flynn is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist. She received her master’s degree from the University of Chicago and has a certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health from the University of Minnesota. She is a co-founder of the Redleaf Center for Family Healing and Mother-Baby Program. As a member of the Redleaf team, Jesse supports children 0-5 years old and their parents/caregivers through early childhood mental health assessment and relationship-based therapy, grounding her work in healing-centered principles of collaboration, transparency, and equity. She has specialized training in Attachment, Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Circle of Security-Parenting (COSP), Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and early childhood diagnostic assessment.