4.3

Ongoing Supervision and Supports

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Two important resources for effective early childhood mental health consultants are ongoing supervision and supports. In the What Works study (Duran et al, 2009), all six study sites agreed that it is essential to build supports for mental health consultants, such as reflective supervision, peer support, and training and technical assistance to develop and sustain the key skills and

Training and Preparation

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Being a mental health consultant and taking a consultative stance are a fundamentally different approach than the traditional one-on-one, therapy services for which mental health practitioners are typically trained. In fact, mental health practitioners prepared to be early childhood mental health providers AND consultants can be few and far between. Even when early childhood mental

Supporting Effective Consultation and the Consultative Stance

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Relationship-based consultation and the consultative stance describe the consultant’s “way of being.” At its core, this descriptor represents the belief that the ways in which people are treated influence their views of themselves, and in turn, influence their relationships with others. Rather than providing direct therapy services, the consultant takes the “consultative stance,” empowering others

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