Supporting the Transition to Parenthood: The Impact of Parental Trauma on Early Childhood Development

The Women’s & Newborn Health Program Infant Mental Health Committee in collaboration with the Mental Health & Addictions Program invites you to join us as we explore parenting in the early years in chronically adverse conditions like poverty, exposure to violence, racism and social isolation.

This workshop will focus on practical interventions that highlight the importance of attachment in the early years and the neurobiology of trauma. The workshop will be of interest to health care providers and community partners caring for parents and young children both in hospital and in the community.

Key Note Speaker: Margaret Leslie

Margaret Leslie is the Director of Early Intervention Programs at the Canadian Mothercraft Society. For 30 years, her clinical experience has been in the areas of prevention and early intervention services for families and young children living in conditions of risk. Her expertise is in the areas of infant and child assessment, infant mental health, and parent-infant therapy. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Breaking the Cycle program, which was recognized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as a best practice program serving pregnant and parenting women with substance use problems, and their young children.






Parker Reception Room, IWK Health Centre



Additional Information

For more information or to register, contact IWK Social Work at 902-470-8076 or