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Activity: Supporting and Supervising the Program’s Consultant

Take a few minutes to reflect on the following questions. How, in your role as program administrator can you ensure that your consultant receives quality support and supervision? Who currently provides administrative supervision to your MHC? How could current administrative supervision be improved? How often does the MHC receive clinical supervision, and from whom? You

Support and Oversight to the MHC

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Support and oversight of the mental health consultant is a very important process in establishing an effective mental health services program, but it is often over looked by program administrators. It is particularly important to provide clear support and supervision when your program partners with a mental health professional who is unfamiliar with Head Start,

Family Readiness for Consultation

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Families must also be “ready” for consultation, as well. Family members (as well as others) often have preconceived notions about what “mental health” means and may be resistant to bringing in a “mental health consultant” to work with them and their child. Especially when working across cultural boundaries, it is important to work closely with

Activity: Is Your Program Ready for Consultation?

Print out and review of the items below, then check or circle the statements that you consider to be true for yourself and for your staff. If any of these things are not true for either yourself or your program, you may want to address the issues in your strategic plan as pre-consultation activities designed

Building Staff & Family Readiness for Consultation

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As your program begins the process of implementing the mental health strategic plan, and making changes in the consultation process, it will be important to make sure that your organization is “ready” to support positive change. Research has found that in order for mental health consultation to be effective, staff and families must be “ready”

Module 3: Foundations for Implementing Successful Strategic Plans

As you begin the process of implementing your mental health strategic plan, and making changes to your mental health consultation services, several factors can contribute to how successful your program is in making these important program changes. In their study of effective mental health consultation programs, Duran and her colleagues (2009) identified two key “catalysts

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.