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2020 Nurturing Developing Minds Conference and Research & Implementation Symposium

February 20, 2020 @ 8:00 am - February 21, 2020 @ 5:00 pm



Nurturing Developing Minds Conference & Research and Implementation Symposium
Partnering Across Sectors to Support Child Development

February 20-21, 2020
Embassy Suites Verdae Boulevard
Greenville, South Carolina 29607

Nurturing Developing Minds Conference and Research Symposium is a regional continuing professional development conference that attracts a wide array of professional participants and provides an interactive learning and networking opportunity for a broad, interconnected workforce. The Institute for Child Success will be partnering with the PRISMA Health Children’s Hospital to sponsor the Early Childhood Research and Implementation Symposium in conjunction with the conference.

2020 NDM Conference Agenda 


Brain Building: Power of Play, Mary MacKenzie

Equity, Inclusions and Implicit Bias in Early Childhood Classrooms and Programs, Mary C. Garvey, MS; Heather S. Googe, PhD

Family Mental Health – Building a Supportive Continuum, Dee Stegelin, PhD; Angela Baum, PhD; Megan Carolan, MPP; Alexis Herschkowitsch, MPA

Housing and Child Health – Greenville County Care Collaborative, Child Homelessness Project, Megan Carolan, MPP; John Concklin, MM; Loretta Crowley

Using Play Therapy to Improve Children’s Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Education Settings, Jill Shelnut, PhD; Dr. Jennifer Hall, LPC, RPT


ABC Thrive – Collaboration to Promote Early Childhood Well Being in Families Experiencing Homelessness, Alison Edie,DNP, APRN, FNP-BC; Karen Appleyard Carmody, PhD

Upstate Medical-Legal Partnership, Intersection of Patients’ Medical & Legal Needs Requires Integrated Services, Kirby Mitchell, JD; Kerry Sease, MD; Melissa Fair, MPH; Catie Buckingham, LBSW

Pain and Trauma – To Hurt and Protect, Dr. R. Blake Windsor

Tallahassee Pediatric Behavioral Health Center -Whole Child Leon, Alexis Rojas, MD, FAAP


Professional Development

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The University of South Carolina School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Conference sessions have also been approved by the South Carolina Infant Mental Health Association (SCIMHA) and SC Endeavors (formerly Center for Child Care Career Development, CCCCD) for inclusion in their professional development curriculum. For questions about professional development credits, please contact John Concklin (jconcklin@instituteforchildsuccess).

Prisma Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Prisma Health maintains responsibility for the program and its content.


Accommodations are available at the conference hotel – Embassy Suites Verdae Boulevard, Greenville, South Carolina 29607 For the discounted group rate of $144, please call the hotel at 1-864-676-9090 and mention the Nurturing Developing Minds Conference by January 30. Free parking is available on site and airport shuttle service can be arranged with the hotel.

ICS and Prisma are working with South Carolina Program for Infant/Toddler Care to ensure the conference is Breastfeeding Friendly. A private pumping space, including refrigerator, will be available with advance sign up. Please reach out to Megan Carolan for more details.

Nurturing Developing Minds is a proud collaboration:


February 20, 2020 @ 8:00 am
February 21, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Institute for Child Success


Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center
670 Verdae Boulevard
Greenville, SC 29607 United States
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