2022 CoE Conference Videos

2022 CoE Conference Videos

The Center of Excellence for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation hosted its first virtual conference:
Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health ConsultationEquity from the Start

March 21 – 23, 2022

IECMHC Introductory Videos

Plenary

CoE Speaker: Walter Gilliam

Plenary from the CoE Conference: Wednesday, March 23

A Plenary Session at the 2022 IECMHC Conference: Monday, March 21, 1:45 PM-2:45 PM ET

Opening Plenary from the CoE Conference: Wednesday, March 21

Speakers:

  • Dawn Yazzie
  • Eva Marie Shivers
  • Annie Davis
  • Travis Spencer

Handouts: https://bit.ly/3E64OMY

Workshops

A Workshop Session at the 2022 IECMHC Conference: March 21, 2022

Poster Presenters

Poster Presentation from the 2022 IECMHC Conference: March 23, 2022

Poster Presentation from the 2022 IECMHC Conference: March 23, 2022

Storytelling

A Storytelling Session at the 2022 IECMHC Conference.
Description: To achieve healthy outcomes for children, a system-wide commitment to leading with equity, trauma-informed practice, early relational health, and cultural responsiveness, must be established. To support the social-emotional wellbeing of children under 5, the adults surrounding them need ongoing support and attention to their own wellness. Adults teaching children birth to 5 were under-appreciated, underpaid, and overworked and lacking access to relationship-based supports even before the pandemic. They were then expected to be on the frontlines while being isolated from outside support due to COVID restrictions. The support systems designed to promote quality child care are often fragmented and driven by scores on observation tools rather than IECMH competencies and best practices. This system is in dire need of relationship-based practices and I/ECMHC to address these ongoing challenges and strengthen the workforce. The professionals supporting the early care & education workforce through coaching, technical assistance, mentoring, consultation and practicum support roles are empowered to provide this onsite, individualized, relationship-based support. Our project model was designed to promote trauma-informed practice through programmatic and systems-focused IECMH Consultation to North Carolina’s early care & education support systems. The model is multi-level, including a 12-month learning collaborative model for classroom coaches, reflective supervision training for their supervisors, and practice-based intensive coaching with directors, teachers and family child care homes. The focus is on infant/toddler care, workday wellness, starting with self reflection, self awareness, self care and self-regulation; co-regulation to support social-emotional wellness in young children; and equity and cultural responsiveness in practices and relationships. ECE system leaders, local early childhood organization leaders, IECMHC providing system-wide & programmatic consultation. We hold ourselves accountable for demonstrating our commitment to equity and emphasize that we cannot successfully implement a trauma-informed approach if we are not effective in confronting systemic racism.

For more information, visit the 2022 IECMHC Conference page.

A Storytelling Session at the 2022 IECMHC Conference.
Holding Hope: IECMHC through Child Care Aware of Washington is a newly launched IECMHC service which intentionally partners MHCs with Early Achievers Coaches to support licensed child care providers in Washington. In addition to providing child/family, classroom, programmatic IECMHC for child care providers, we also consult and partner with Coaches in an effort to build Coach capacity to prevent and respond to social/emotional and behavioral concerns and risk for expulsion in child care settings. Our program is modeled after Arizona’s Smart Support program with the added dimension of consultation for Coaches and to address systems level concerns. We’d like to use a Storytelling format to highlight our unique approach of partnership between MHCs and Coaches, and to highlight some of the feedback and learnings from the field during our first year of implementation. We’d like to videotape and piece together interviews of the IECMHC Director, our principal program evaluator, and most importantly MHCs and Coaches who partnered together on specific cases. Our goal is to present these voices from the field in English, Spanish and Somali. Holding Hope partnered with an independent evaluation team (the Athena Group and Indigo Cultural Center) to conduct a formative evaluation, which employed developmental evaluation methods and participatory strategies to engage key stakeholders, closely involve the IECMHC team in interpreting results and apply an equity lens in data collection and research. Through this evaluation and our first year of implementation, we gained many valuable insights which have shaped our priorities and practices, and through our Storytelling presentation, we’d like to highlight our learnings and raise up voices from coaches, MHCs, parents, and providers and MHCs regarding the impact of our work through a series of interviews and text inserts. At CCA of WA, we have the capacity to create this storytelling video presentation on our own, and will not need CoE’s assistance with recording. Our intended audience would be program leaders and MHCs, and anyone interested in learning about MHC/Coach partnership to support positive and equitable outcomes for the social-emotional health of children, families and child care providers who serve them.

For more information, visit the 2022 IECMHC Conference page.

A Storytelling Session at the 2022 IECMHC Conference.
Description: Join us for a discussion about how reflective moments can deepen and expand the work of early childhood mental health consultation. We will discuss our agency’s journey in implementing consultation services in our own center based and family childcare programs and how we have found opportunities to deliver appropriate doses of reflection to enhance staff reflective capacity and increase access to both mental health consultation services as well as psychotherapy. We will walk through ways we have successfully incorporated reflection into our programs and how these efforts have strengthened equity, staff self-regulation and self-awareness as well as interdisciplinary collaboration. Target Audience - This presentation will be useful to program managers/administrators as well as to clinicians delivering consultation services. Particularly relevant for people in the process of developing consultation programs and smaller agencies implementing consultation (i.e. not large state or county mental health agencies).

For more information, visit the 2022 IECMHC Conference page.

A Storytelling Session at the 2022 IECMHC Conference.
Description: Our training institute of 6 IECMH professionals with diverse backgrounds have offered IECMH training to consultants and professionals in our community since 2013. It was constantly evolving, but in the last three years it solidified into a predictable, structured and manualized format. As the trainers/consultants deepened their work around racial equity and Diversity Informed IMH Tenets as a team, the growing need to revisit the training curriculum became apparent. Over the course of 2021, the team met regularly to break down and rebuild the content of the 11 session training. The newly revised curriculum is grounded in Theory (Attachment, S-E Development of Children 0-3, Pregnancy/Labor/Delivery, Impact of Trauma/Grief/Loss) and Practice (Noticing, Holding, Reflecting, Ways of Being, Ways of Doing) as well as Diversity Informed Tenets of IMH. Family culture is now at the center of how we understand, observe and assess the caregiver/child relationship. Participants are invited to reflect on their own culture, biases, and ghosts in the nursery while engaging in our self-reflective, experiential and discussion based training on behalf of babies.

For more information, visit the 2022 IECMHC Conference page.

A Storytelling Session at the 2022 IECMHC Conference.
Description: As research on the importance of the first three years of life has expanded, policy makers and program designers have become aware of a major concern: the lack of professional development opportunities for infant-toddler educators. Early childhood mental health consultation is quickly growing as one possible solution to this problem and aims to increase access to professional knowledge and support across under-served communities. Using the metaphor of the hit Food Network program ""Chopped"", this storytelling presentation geared towards early childhood mental health consultants, home visitors and supervisors will identify early childhood mental health consultation as a highly creative, inventive field of practice. The presenter will describe the premise of ""Chopped"", showcase some of its content and then pose the question “So what does this have to do with Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation?” In response, she will share her first-hand experience as a consultant partnering with family childcare programs and daycare centers in Brooklyn, New York. The short-term program the presenter was consulting with presented her with several tasks- build rapport with early care programs, assess areas of strength and those needing improvement, and partner with providers in order to increase their knowledge of early childhood mental health- all within a five-month time frame. In her practice, the presenter found that the key ingredients for successful consultation were creativity, reinvention, risk-taking and resourcefulness. In this storytelling presentation these qualities will be contextualized within the field of Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and within ""Chopped"". Contestants on the show are presented with mystery baskets of challenging ingredients, many of which seem not to typically go together. Typically, the chef who achieves success is able to repurpose the ingredients, make use of the kitchen’s resources, and elicit reactions such as “I would have never thought to do it that way before.” Inevitably, consultants are charged with the same task- re-imagining what is in front of them."

For more information, visit the 2022 IECMHC Conference page.

A Storytelling Session at the 2022 IECMHC Conference.
Description: Reflective Supervision/Consultation (RSC) is a vital tenet of work with young children and families inclusive of IECMH Consultation. RSC holds incredible value for supporting direct services with young children and families, supporting a consultant’s experience of the work, increasing attention to equity in service delivery, and bolstering model fidelity. RSC also holds value for program directors and organizational leaders to slow down, consider organizational decisions that impact the delivery of IECMH Consultation, and promote reflective practice as an embodied characteristic of organizational culture. This workshop will highlight current programs using RSC to support program and organizational leaders. Focus will be given to themes common to reflective spaces for leaders, similarities and differences with RSC provided to direct service staff, and equity as a central tenet for reflective work. Resources for organizational readiness assessments and reflective practice data collection will be shared. Participants will be invited to participate in discussion and reflection of opportunities to replicate RSC for organizational leaders within their respective programs/organizations.

For more information, visit the 2022 IECMHC Conference page.

This product was developed [in part] under grant number 1H79SM082070-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.