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2019 Advanced Training


Please join SCPITC and national experts, Dr. Sherryl Scott Heller and Ms. Kadija Johnston, as we explore opportunities and strategies to support infant and early childhood mental health in child care settings.

Participation is open to PITC-Trained Trainers who have completed any of the following coursework:

–WestEd PITC Trainer Institutes Module I, II, III or IV offered in any location

–WestEd PITC training in South Carolina

–University of South Carolina/SCPITC Summer Infant/Toddler Course

Day 1 registration begins at 11:15 am with a light snack available. The session will conclude by 4:00 pm with plenty of time for you to meet-up with others for dinner on your own.

Day 2 begins with full breakfast served beginning at 7:30 am, with the final session concluding by 3:30 pm for your return trip home.

Eight hours of training credit will be offered through the South Carolina Center for Child Care Career Development (CCCCD).

The Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina is located just over the Ravenel Bridge at Patriot’s Point in Mount Pleasant, convenient to several walking trails, Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park and the pedestrian walkway on the bridge itself. Bring along your walking shoes and take in the amazing sunset from atop the bridge!

More detailed logistics will be available in early February.


Featured Speakers:

Sherryl Scott Heller, PhD

Institute of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health, Tulane School of Medicine

Sherryl Scott Heller provides early childhood mental health (I-ECMH) consultation in the greater New Orleans Area through partnerships with Seamless Transitions, New Orleans Outreach and Agenda for Children. Dr. Heller also provides consultation and trainings in I-ECMH consultation and reflective supervision and the Crowell procedure. She has conducted research on a variety of infant mental health topics including reflective supervision, the Crowell parent child interaction procedure, effects of maltreatment on child development, the development of attachment and attachment disturbances in very young children, mental health consultation to child care settings, the effects of violence on child development, and young children in military families.

Kadija Johnston, LCSW

Infant-Parent Program, University of California at San Francisco and WestEd PITC Faculty Member

Kadija Johnston has worked in the field of early childhood mental health since 1985. Initially coordinating a therapeutic nursery school, and then as an infant-parent psychotherapist, a clinical home visitor and a mental health consultant to childcare programs. Johnston developed the Program’s I-ECMH consultation component in 1988. The dynamically informed, relationally focused approach now serves as a model for other organizations, locally, regionally and nationally. For the last three decades, Ms. Johnston has been training and disseminating the I-ECMH Consultation model and providing program development consultation to states, organizations and individuals initiating I-ECMH Consultation efforts.


The SC DSS Division of Early Care and Education has consistently invested in SCPITC Advanced Training with funding that makes it possible to offer South Carolina Residents significantly discounted registration fees.

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Bergin at SCPITC: email bergin@musc.edu or call 843-876-2822.


*Contact Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina directly to make hotel reservations.

    • Dial 843-284-7043 or 843-284-3500 for Room Reservations.
    • The room block is being held under “SCPITC Advanced Training.”
    • This conference rate of $109 per night ($146 including all taxes and fees) for double or single occupancy rooms is available until January 15, 2019, or until the room block is sold out, whichever comes first.