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Activity: Professional Development Planning for Mental Health Consultants

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If you are a mental health professional who is providing or plans to provide ECMHC services, take a few minutes to complete the MHC Self Assessment Tool (PDF) (Word Version). This tool will help you identify areas of strength as well as areas where you would like to develop greater professional capacity. Once you have completed the

Training and Professional Development

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It is important to note the complexity in the qualifications of an effective mental health consultant. Effective ECMHC requires a mental health professional with a unique skill set that is rarely developed through formal schooling or other pre-service activities (Duran et al., 2009). While some mental health consultants benefit from focused training on ECMHC through

Essential Attributes

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A consultant’s attributes or personality traits are one of his/her most valuable tools in achieving effective ECMHC. The relationship-based and collaborative nature of consultation necessarily calls for individuals with demeanors that facilitate partnering with and engaging others. Several critical consultant attributes that foreshadow success include: Respectful — values others’ opinions Open-minded/non-judgmental — accepts people for

Key Skills

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In addition to sound knowledge in key content areas, there are certain skills that are associated with being an effective mental health consultant. These include the ability to: Build strong, collaborative relationships Conduct observations and use findings appropriately Work effectively with young children in group settings Communicate effectively (i.e., in a clear and engaging way)

Core Content Knowledge

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There are several core areas of knowledge that are essential to providing effective consultation because they provide a foundation for identifying needs and developing appropriate strategies, which, in turn, fosters trust and confidence in the consultants’ abilities. These core areas include a firm understanding of: Infant and early childhood mental health, including the underlying causes

Module 2: Competencies and Characteristics of a Highly-Qualified Mental Health Consultant

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Learning Objectives After completing this module, you will be able to: Describe the competencies and characteristics of a highly qualified mental health consultant Identify resources to help support professional development efforts for mental health consultants Although there are many factors that influence the success of early childhood mental health consultation, the quality of the mental

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.