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Sep 8 / Julie Alter-Kay

School of Social Work Co-sponsors Conference on Reducing Infant Mortality

Explorations in Development 2013 “Reducing infant mortality: Emerging trends in prevention and developmentally informed care.”

This very important conference will be held on September 19-20, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Michigan First Credit Union Conference Room, 2700 Evergreen Rd. Lathrup Village, MI 48076.  Space is still available to attend with registration for students only $25 (per day).  For further information including registration and payment see:

The conference is hosted by the Healthier Urban Families Outreach Program and the Infant Mental Health Program of the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute (MPSI) for Child & Family Development at Wayne State University.  The School of Social Work is one of the co-sponsors.  Mickey Sperlich is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Wayne State University, working on a dual-title in Social Work and Infant Mental Health and will be a featured presenter at the conference.

sperlichfinal_1Her presentation is entitled, The Influence of Trauma on Pregnancy, Birth and the Early Postpartum Period.  Mickey is an experienced midwife and researcher who studies the effects of trauma and mental health challenges on childbearing and postpartum outcomes.  She is co-author of Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse, and a psychosocial intervention for pregnant survivors of abuse; the Survivor Moms’ Companion.

Child and Family Development is a key area for social work practice and research.  School of Social Work Assistant Professors Carolyn Dayton and Stella Resko engage in important research in this area.  Ann Carrellas, Tina Dykehouse and Mickey Sperlich are trainees at MPSI who have a serious interest in child and family development and are pursuing doctoral degrees in social work.  Beverly Weathington is a graduate of our M.S.W. program and is a staff member of the Healthier Urban Families Outreach Program at MPSI.  As recently quoted in MPSI’s biannual report, Ms. Weathington sums it up well when she stated, “Parents want their children to be safe, to have a better life than they did, to feel loved and nurtured.”

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