Professional Development

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An  important part of MPSI's mission is to engage the community through professional development and translate research into policy and practice that directly improves the lives of urban children and families. Our programs, faculty, and staff are committed to translating cutting-edge science for use by professionals, policy makers, and the community at large. We offer a two-day professional development conference, half-day professional development seminars, and customozed trainings for your organization.

Healthier Urban Families (HUF) Professional Development Seminars

Interdisciplinary continuing education seminars are offered on topics of concern to professionals working with families. Information provided is evidence-based and reflects best practices in child development. The seminars take place both on-site at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute and at individual work sites on request. Continuing education credits are provided for most of our programs. Some of our recent seminars include:

  • ADHD in Adolescence and Young Adulthood
  • Pain Management in Children
  • Understanding Substance Use
  • Stress Management for Professionals
  • Depression and Suicide in Adolescents

For more information contact Beverly Weathington at or 313-664-2526

Infant Mental Health Professional Development

Infant Mental Health faculty regularly provide on-site training to staff at human services and early intervention agencies and speak at professional development conferences across the state. Contact Ann Stacks ( to discuss your training needs.

Explorations In Development - Annual Conference

HUF collaborates with the Infant Mental Health Program to offer a two-day continuing education conference, Explorations in Development. The conference highlights nationally recognized speakers who address issues impacting infants, children and families, and who are of particular interest to social workers and health care providers. MORE INFO

Faculty Speakers Bureau

Our faculty and staff are skilled at translating scientific innovations related to children, youth and families and provide customized professional development trainings for your organization. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Home Visiting Safety and Ethical Considerations 
  • Infant Inconsolable Crying: Causes, Consequences and Coping
  • Social-Emotional Development and School Readiness
  • Adolescent Development
  • A Primer on Infant and Toddler Development
  • Prenatal Exposure to Substances
  • Marital Conflict and the Development of Peer Romantic Relationships
  • Meaning Making in the Face of Trauma
  • Addiction in the Adolescent Population
  • An Introduction to Infant Mental Health
  • Early Brain Development
  • Fatherhood
  • Stress Management for Professionals
  • Positive Discipline for Preschoolers
  • Adolescent School Transitioning
  • Understanding Challenging Behaviors in Preschoolers
  • Military Families

To request a training at your site contact Beverly Weathington at 

A list of upcoming conferences, colloquia and trainings can be found on our Professional & Student Calendar.