Supporting Organizational Structures and Programmatic Approaches

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In the larger context of an early childhood program, consultants can use their knowledge, skills, attributes, and perspective on cultural and linguistic competence to support organizational structures and programmatic approaches that are responsive to cultural and linguistic diversity. Consultants can provide programmatic consultation and work with ECE directors and staff in efforts to design and implement responsive

Reflective Practices and Supervision

Reflective supervision offers empathy, supports reflective practices, and encourages self-awareness to help consultants explore their reactions to the work, manage stress, and understand the parallel process of relationship-based work (Parlakian, 2002). It is also a place to thoughtfully examine and explore the impact of culture on the consultative relationship, how cultural and linguistic diversity influences

ACTIVITY: Activities to Support Staff’s Cultural and Linguistic Competence

Below is a list of possible consultant activities to support staff cultural and linguistic competence through consultation, staff development, or reflective practices. Please review the list below and check YES for those activities you already provide or NOT YET for those you will provide in the future. ACTIVITY   Provide training on the cultural context of family and community

Supporting Staff Development

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Mental health consultants can build the capacity of staff to be responsive to culturally and linguistically diverse expectant families, infants, toddlers, and their families through the consultation process as well as staff development activities. In many ways, these strategies reflect the learning and experience of the consultant in their own preparation and support. ECE staff

ACTIVITY: Culturally Competent Service Providers in My Community

Take a moment to create your own resource list; identifying key community partners and gathering contact information for each one that is a culturally and linguistically competent (CLC) resource and is prepared to provide services to culturally and linguistically diverse children and families. Community Health Services Agency Address Phone Key Contact Health Agency Address Phone

Making Community Referrals

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Knowledge of community resources and facilitating referrals for other services in the community are an important part of the ECMH consultation process. Making a referral is based on an identified concern that cannot be addressed within the consultation process. It also represents an extension of trust between the consultant and staff or family. To be

ACTIVITY: Supporting Implementation and Continuity of Care for Juana

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Given the the case study scenario of Juana, her family, her Head Start experience, the defined concern, intervention plan and strategies so far: What cultural and linguistic challenges could impact continuity of care for Juana? How might these be resolved? What steps can the consultant take to facilitate and improve collaboration between the teachers and

Supporting Implementation and Continuity of Care

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Supporting implementation of any programmatic or individualized intervention and continuity of care between the ECE classroom and home are important factors for healthy child development and the effectiveness of any intervention. Continuity of care is inclusive of what happens to a child at home and when he or she is under the care of another

Using/adapting Evidence-Based Practices

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The important trend toward evidence-based practices (EBP’s) in early childhood mental health is aimed at designing and delivering mental health interventions that successfully attain the intended outcomes for young children and families. There is an expanding evidence base that ECMHC is an effective strategy for promoting social and emotional health, preventing the onset of behavioral

Activity: Designing A Responsive Intervention for Juana

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Given the case study scenario of Juana, her family, her Head Start experience, and the defined concern: What could be the intervention goals for Juana? What could be strategies in the intervention plan? What cultural and linguistic considerations and challenges would be part of the intervention plan and the strategies? How might the traditional healer,

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.