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Minnesota Early Intervention Summer Institute

Minnesota Early Intervention Summer Institute


Evidence-based Practice for Working with Young Children and Their Families

Tuesday and Wednesday, June 20-21, 2017

St. John's University, Collegeville, MN

Registration Now Open!


Early Bird Rate: $200 through March 31, 2017

Regular Price : $225 begins April 1, 2017

Registration includes:

  • Two-day intensive session--choose one from eight topics
  • June 19 and June 20 lodging in double occupancy dorm room (upgrades available for a fee)
  • Meals during event, breaks, and dessert reception
  • 12 clock hours

Registration: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 through Friday, May 26, 2017

Register Online

(Please read this page carefully before proceeding to register.)

Please note prior to beginning registration:


  • Credit card payment is the only form of payment accepted. We can no longer accept checks or purchase orders.
  • In-full payment is due at the time of registration.


  • Included in the registration fee at no additional cost: Double-occupancy dorm room, non-air conditioned, shared bath
  • If you are selecting a double room, you must include a roommate's name. If you do not provide a name, a roommate will be assigned to you.
  • Lodging upgrades available for additional fee:
    • Double occupancy dorm room, air conditioned, shared bath: $8 per night
    • Single occupancy dorm room, non-air conditioned, shared bath: $12 per night
    • Single occupancy dorm room, air conditioned, shared bath: $19 per night
    • No lodging needed - no discount given

2017 Keynotes

Day 1: The Future is Bright! Why Early Intervention Matters, and What’s Out There After Graduation? Nina Jonson, Anna Hilfers, and Minnesota Life College Students and Graduates and their families

Day 2: Be Well to Do Well: What it Means to Flourish--for Children, for Families, and Professionals. Kathleen Gallagher, Ph.D.


2017 Intensive Sessions


Session 1: Using Developmental Repair in Early Childhood Settings (THIS SESSION IS FULL)

Instructors: Anne Gearity, Ph.D., LICSW, and Lauren Nietz, LICSW


Session 2: Promoting Engagement and Intentionality of Instruction in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings (THIS SESSION IS FULL)

Instructor: Edward Bovey, M.A.


Session 3: So Much More Than Baby Talk: Supporting Social Communication and Relationships for Young Children in the Contexts of Stress and Disability

Instructor: Kathleen Gallagher, Ph.D. View Dr. Gallagher's TedTalk "The Healthy Child: Assembly Required" on YouTube


Session 4: Cultural Variations in Parenting: An Exploration of Historical, Societal, and Personal Influences on Parenting (THIS SESSION IS FULL)

Instructor: Carol Siegel, Ph.D., LP


Session 5: Primary Service Provider Model: Successful Teaming from Intake through Transition

Instructors: Kellie Krick Oborn, Ph.D., and Stephanie de Sam Lazaro, OTD, OTR/L

Please note for Session 5: Attendees must register as interdisciplinary teams of two or more. No individual attendees or same-discipline teams will be admitted. Early intervention leaders may attend as individuals. You will be asked during registration to provide team member names.


Session 6: The Culture of Adversity: Unpacking Trauma's Impact on Children, Families, and the Professionals Working with Them (back by request!)

Instructor: Kamyala Howard, MSW, LICSW


Session 7: Due Process vs. Do Paperwork (back by request!)

Instructors: Lisa Backer, Jenny Moses, and Susanne Thomas, Minnesota Department of Education


Session 8: Transforming Leadership: Leading Change Authentically in a World of Complexity (back by request!)

Instructors: Gary Cohen and Mark Wolak, Ph.D.

Academic Credit

CPSY 5301 002 88549

Academic credit for this event has been approved. The cost to request 1 academic credit is $135. You will be billed at a later date--DO NOT include payment now.

Complete and submit the Request for Graduate Credit form to Karen Anderson. Be certain to sign page 2. Your form will be submitted to the University of Minnesota for processing sometime in May and an email will be sent at that time informing you of how to pay.

Scan and email to:

Fax: 612-625-2093

Mail: Center for Early Education and Development, Attn: Karen Anderson, 1954 Buford Avenue, Suite 425, St. Paul, MN, 55108.

Read more in the FAQ document.

For Non-Minnesota Attendees

The Minnesota Early Intervention Summer Institute is made possible through funding provided by the Minnesota Department of Education. The state provides this support in order to offer high-quality professional development to its early childhood professionals at an affordable cost. Those professionals neither living in nor working in Minnesota wishing to attend the Summer Institute may do so at the unsubsidized rate of $500. Please contact Deb Ottman at 612-624-7395 or to arrange registration.

About the Summer Institute

The Minnesota Early Intervention Summer Institute is a unique professional development opportunity provided to the early childhood field through sponsorship by the Early Childhood Special Education Division, Minnesota Department of Education.

Research shows that deeper, longer exposure to new content results in higher quality learning for adults and increases the chance that this new learning will be applied in practice! To capture those benefits, the Summer Institute offers you eight separate intensive sessions from which to choose; register for just one session, and attend that session over both days. In addition to class time spent in the session of your choice, both Tuesday and Wednesday begin with an hour-long plenary keynote address.

During your time at the Summer Institute, you will gain new insights and develop new skills for your work. You will have the chance to interact with a broad range of other like-minded professionals passionate about supporting infants, toddlers, and young children and their families. And, you’ll have the chance to enjoy the traditional activities that Summer Institute has become known for, including the lunchtime barbeque, DEC’s evening dessert reception, and St. John’s all-you-can-eat ice cream and Johnny Bread! You’ll find St. John's University’s beautiful and serene campus the perfect setting for learning, reflection, and rejuvenation.

Why Attend the Institute?

Janet Hannaford and Sandy Daly


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Contact Deb Ottman at or 612-624-7395.

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