Upcoming ACDS Events

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Please Join

The Association of Child Development Specialists

for a Special 2-hour Presentation (10am – noon)

Infant and Toddler Development within a Relational Context

Presented by Mike Sherman, Psy.D. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

9:30am – 12:00pm

at Vista Del Mar Child & Family


This presentation will provide a foundational understanding of the importance of relational factors during the prenatal and perinatal periods in healthy neurological development. Research on the impact of nurturing and attuned early relationships on healthy life-long mental health, physiological development, and interpersonal functioning is discussed. Attendees will learn about the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), transgenerational transmission of toxic stress and its impact on gene expression (epigenetics), and obtain insight into determining medical necessity for mental health treatment by viewing Birth-5 clients through a dynamic relational perspective.  (See below for presentation resources.)

Mike Sherman is the principal consultant at Birth2Five Consulting and a licensed clinical psychologist at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.  He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, Northridge and doctorate degree from the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University.  For the bulk of his professional career, Dr. Sherman has worked extensively as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and training director within both county-contracted and LAC-DMH directly operated programs focused on providing evaluation and treatment services to DCFS-involved infants, children, adolescents and their families.  Dr. Sherman is an Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellow through the Napa/UC-Davis IPMH fellowship program.  In addition to his consulting work and administrative position with LAC-DMH, Dr. Sherman is an associate professor in the Clinical Forensic Psychology doctoral program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  His consultative, administrative and clinical work experiences have given Dr. Sherman opportunities for close collaboration with the Department of Children and Family Services, mental health service providers, and early educators. Dr. Sherman currently holds an administrative position with the LAC-DMH Child Welfare Division where he oversees the countywide Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (MAT) program, provides training to DMH-contracted providers and DMH staff, and works on projects that intersect the Birth-to-5 population and the Child Welfare System.


CERTIFICATES OF ATTENDANCE are available for this event and are free for ACDS members and $5 for non-members.  This fee is payable via PAYPAL. (Complete instructions for payment via PAYPAL are below.)


Vista Del Mar is located at 3200 Motor Avenue.  It is bounded by the 10 (Santa Monica) Freeway and Manning Avenue and close to National Boulevard.  It is in the Cheviot Hills area of Century City.


Take the 10 (Santa Monica) freeway to the National Boulevard off ramp.  Proceed straight ahead up Manning Avenue.  Turn left on Motor Avenue and go approximately one-half block to the entrance of Vista Del Mar on the east (left) side of Motor.


Take the 405 (San Diego) freeway to the 10 East (Santa Monica) freeway.  Exit the first off ramp, which is Overland/National, and turn left onto National and left again where the street makes a left turn.  Continue straight one block to Motor and turn left.  Go approximately 100 yards to the Vista Del Mar entrance on right (east) side of Motor.

NOTE:  WHEN GOING EAST ON NATIONAL TO MOTOR, IT IS ILLEGAL TO TURN LEFT (NORTH) ONTO MOTOR AVENUE DURING THE HOURS OF 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM.   Rather, go one block past Motor to Vinton Street, turn right and go one block to Woodbine and turn right.  Go one block to Motor and turn right again.  Proceed north past National and look for Vista Del Mar entrance on the right (east) side of Motor.

WHEN GOING WEST ON NATIONAL TO MOTOR AVENUE, IT IS ILLEGAL TO TURN RIGHT BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Rather, where National & Manning Avenues meet – go west onto Manning Avenue to Motor Avenue.  Turn left (south) onto Motor Avenue and proceed approximately one- half block to the Vista Del Mar entrance on the left (east) side of Motor & turn left.


After you enter and pass the guard booth, you will come to a stop sign.  At that stop sign, turn left and continue up that driveway to the end where there will be a parking lot.  We will be meeting in the SHUKEN Building.


CLICK HERE  to be directed to the ACDS account. When making your payment, please include your full name and email address in the “Add Special Instructions to Seller” box.


  1. Login into your PayPal Account at com
  2. Click: “Pay or Send Money”
  3. Please note:  you may need to close out of several advertisement boxes before seeing the “Pay or Send Money” button.
  4. Click: “Pay for Goods or Services”
  5. Enter: ACDSLosAngeles@gmail.com
  6. Enter (1) the dues amount, and (2) your full name and email address in the “Special Instructions to Seller” box
  7. Click: “Continue”
  8. Click: “Make Payment Now”


  1. Brazelton, T. B. (1992). Touchpoints: Emotional and behavioral development. MA: Addison-Wesley.
  2. Brandt, K.; Perry, B.D.; Seligman, S., & Tronick, E. (2014) Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Publishing.
  3. Center for Youth Wellness (2015). A Hidden Crisis: Findings on Adverse Childhood Experiences in California. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/injviosaf/Documents/Essentials%20for%20Childhood/CYW_HiddenCrisis_Report_110514.pdf
  4. Fraiberg, Selma et al. Ghosts in the Nursery. Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, Volume 14, Issue 3, 387 – 421.
  5. Kim, D. R., Bale, T. L., & Epperson, C. N. (2015). Prenatal Programming of Mental Illness: Current Understanding of Relationship and Mechanisms. Current Psychiatry Reports, 17(2), 5. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-014-0546-9.
  6. Franklin, T.B., et al (2010). Epigenetic Transmission of the Impact of Early Stress Across Generations. 2010 Sep 1;68(5):408-15. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2010.05.036. Epub 2010 Jul 31.
  7. Perry, B.D.  Maltreatment and the Developing Child: How Early Childhood Experience Shapes Child and Culture. The Inaugural Margaret McCain lecture (abstracted); McCain Lecture series, The Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System, London, ON, 2005.
  8. World Health Organization. Thinking Healthy: A Manual for Psychosocial Management of Perinatal Depression; (WHO generic field-trial version 1.0). Geneva, WHO, 2015.



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