A Common Misperception about Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

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While ECMHC is growing in popularity across the country as an effective mental health strategy, there are still misconceptions about its purpose and the role of the mental health consultant. One of the most common misperceptions is that early childhood mental health consultation is just like “traditional” mental health interventions that focus on direct therapy

Types of Consultation

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Although the definition of consultation has evolved since it was originally set forth in 2000 by Cohen and Kaufmann, there has been consistency over time regarding the two general types of consultation: child or family-centered consultation and programmatic consultation (Cohen & Kaufmann, 2005; Duran et al., 2009; Hepburn et al., 2007). Child or Family-Centered Consultation: The

Activity: Who Should Be On the Team?

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Collaboration among partners who can provide meaningful insight and effort toward resolving a given issue is essential to effective consultation. Thus, a consultant must thoughtfully consider who should be part of each collaboration. Take a moment to read the scenario below and then reflect on whom the mental health consultant should engage in a “consultation

Defining Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

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Early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) is emerging an as evidence-based intervention for supporting young children’s social/emotional development and addressing challenging behaviors. Over the last decade, the following research and practice guided definition has taken shape: A problem-solving and capacity-building intervention implemented within a collaborative relationship between a professional consultant with mental health expertise and

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.