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2022 Early Childhood Development Conference

Imua Family Services announces the return of its annual Early Childhood Development Conference
Saturday, January 29, 2022

Registration Coming Soon!


Early Childhood & the Pandemic Impact

As we move further away from the pandemic era and back together into our new normal, this conference
provides teachers, social workers, therapists, behavior specialists, administrators, and other Early Childhood
Professionals with information and inspiration to continue such important and perhaps life‐changing work.
We offer attendees practical skills they can use in their day‐to‐day work environment as well as their
individual lives. The two‐day conference will cover topics important to practitioners navigating individual
treatment and group/classroom work during these challenging and unprecedented times.

CONFERENCE SESSION: Thriving in a Post‐Pandemic World

9:00 AM—10:30 AM

Michelle Borba , Ed. D. Author of Thrivers
The Pandemic Generation, Empathy, and the UnSelfie Revolution

Michele Borba, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned educational psychologist, award-winning author, and parenting child expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s character, resilience, and reduce peer cruelty. A sought-after motivational speaker, she has spoken in 19 countries and five continents, and served as a consultant to hundreds of schools and corporations. Clients include Sesame Street, Harvard, U.S. Air Force Academy, 18 US Army Bases in Europe and the Asian-Pacific, H.R.H. the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. and a TEDx Talk: “Empathy Is a Verb.” She offers realistic, research-based advice culled from a career working with over one million parents and educators worldwide.

Dr. Borba is an NBC contributor who has appeared 150 times on the TODAY show and countless shows including Dateline, Dr. Phil, The View, NBC Nightly News, The Doctors, Dr. Oz, Anderson Cooper, MSNBC, Fox & Friends, Countdown, Fox, The Early Show, and CNN. Her work is featured in TIME, Washington Post, Newsweek, People, Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times. Reader’s Digest and Globe and Mail. Dr. Borba is recognized globally for her work in bullying and youth violence prevention. She’s a media spokesperson for major corporations including 3M, Office Depot, Unilever, Similac, General Mills, Mastercard, All, Galderma, V-Tech, Cetaphil, Splenda, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson and consultant to Apple TV, McDonalds and Disney.

As a teacher, educational consultant, and parent for 40 years, Dr. Borba has never been more worried for young people than she is about this current generation of kids. Across the nation, student mental health is plummeting, depression rates among teens are rising, kids are reporting severe anxiety at ever-younger ages – and the pandemic has only exacerbated this crisis. When Dr. Borba asks a group of students to “tell me about your generation,” most respond with stories of stress, anxiety, isolation, and fear. “We’re like pretty packages with nothing inside,” said one teen.

But some young people aren’t struggling; they’re thriving. They cope with adversity, develop healthy relationships, and embrace change. They are ready for whatever the world throws at them, even in uncertain times. Dr. Borba calls these kids Thrivers, and the more she studied them, she wondered, What is their secret? And can it be taught to others?

WORKSHOP 1: Self Care for Clinicians & Early Childhood Practitioners

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Hi there, I am Jackie de Crinis. I am a Life Coach who is passionate about teaching individuals how to reduce their stress and feel happier in their lives. My specialty is helping over-achiever perfectionists get out of their own way, so that they can be more productive and feel less anxious. I know a little bit about stress and perfectionism because I spent 30 years in the television business before I became a Life Coach. I was the former Head of Original Programming for the USA network, where I developed a large slate of hit series including: Monk, Psych, Burn Notice, Covert Affairs, White Collar, Suits, Mr. Robot, and Chrisley Knows Best. Prior to working at USA, I worked for ABC, 20th Century Fox, and Sony TV, where I supervised dozens of other award-winning  series. While managing my career in television, I was also raising three children. My life was fueled by adrenaline, caffeine, sugar, anxiety, and hyper-vigilance. I was so busy surviving my life that I never had time to enjoy my life. I made the conscious decision to find a different path both personally and professionally. Now I help other people learn to manage their stress by teaching them healthy habits and mindset tools to feel better. www.jackiedecrinis.com

DISCUSSION SESSION 1: Trauma Informed Care

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

An interactive discussion led by Dr. Bobbie-Jo Moniz-Tadeo to discuss the impact of trauma and the effects it can have on child development, behaviors, and functioning. In addition, the discussion will include information on how to recognize and cope with compassion fatigue.

Dr. Bobbie-Jo Moniz-Tadeo is the Director of Imua Family Services’ Clinical Services. She has an extensive history in the field of early childhood and special education and is also an instructor at multiple colleges teaching college courses. She was born and raised on Maui, has served on a number of boards and councils across the county & state, and has received numerous recognitions for the work she has done in the community.

DISCUSSION SESSION 2: The Pandemic’s Effect on Children and Families Impacted by Autism: Clinician’s Treatment Implications, Considerations, and Beyond

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The panel of ABA professionals will explore how the pandemic has affected ABA services, clients, and families, and how to pave the way forward with efficiency and effectiveness.
Dr. Lori de Crinis is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked in Special Education and insurance-based services for over 30 years. Among her passions is to provide clinicians with supports to serve families with integrity, fidelity, and care.

WORKSHOP 2: Post Pandemic Inclusion and Place-Based Education: Imua Inclusion Preschool

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Led by the Imua Inclusion Preschool Team, we’ll take a deep dive into the benefits of place-based education and how we support young children through the challenges of the post-pandemic era. Place-based education offers support to increase development and learning during a critical time, and teaches educators how to overcome barriers and get children back outdoors.


Keep an eye out for registration – COMING SOON!
Date: Saturday, January 29, 2022
Time: 8:00 AM—Check-In begins
Location: Imua Discovery Garden—front lawn (2471 Main Street, Wailuku, HI 96793)
Lunch: On your own—bring a picnic to enjoy at the Imua Discovery Garden!
Reg. Fee: $80.00 (Individual) / $45.00 (Student Rate—Univ. of Hawaii)

For more information, please contact—Lori de Crinis at ldecrinis@imuafamily.org