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2022 CoE Conference (Workshop Session): Seizing the Moment Using Policy to Leverage Funding to Advance I:ECMHC

During this presentation state leaders, advocates, and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (I/ECMHC) organizations will understand the trajectory of embedding I/ECMHC in early childhood education systems. The Illinois Model of I/ECMHC is one of the few in the nation that supports home visiting, Early/Head Start, preschool, center-based and home-based childcare, and Early Intervention, ensuring that I/ECMHC is available across the state. This presentation is part of a series highlighting the decades-long Illinois story of strong public and private partnerships with a bold vision and strong commitment to advancing I/ECMHC in collaboration with all partners, to ensure that I/ECMHC is available equitably across the state and delivered by a diverse and well-supported workforce
Primary Focus Area: Early Childhood System
Resource Type: Online Trainings/Tutorials/Webinars


2022 CoE Conference (Workshop Session): The Consultant is In Reducing Barriers to IECMH Consultation through “IECMH Virtual Office Hours”

“IECMH Virtual Office Hours” is an innovative new service model that has successfully expanded access to mental health consultation in Pennsylvania. This workshop will introduce Virtual Office Hours as a short-term, solution-focused consultation service where IECMH Consultants meet directly with early learning/childcare program staff, parents/families, and other child-serving professionals via video conference. In this workshop, we will demonstrate how Office Hours works and discuss “lessons learned” from piloting the program. We will share how we launched the program, how consultants acquired new skills, and how Office Hours complements Pennsylvania’s existing child-specific IECMHC services. Equity considerations are at the heart of the Office Hours model, since we have successfully reduced barriers to consultation. We focus on equity with data collection and publicity efforts to reach families and early learning professionals who have not had access to IECMHC in the past.
Primary Focus Area: Service Delivery
Resource Type: Online Trainings/Tutorials/Webinars



2022 CoE Conference: Advancing Equity, Cultural Responsiveness & Trauma-Informed Practice through IECMHC

To achieve healthy outcomes for children, a system-wide commitment to leading with equity, trauma-informed practice, early relational health, and cultural responsiveness, must be established. To support the social-emotional wellbeing of children under 5, the adults surrounding them need ongoing support and attention to their own wellness. Adults teaching children birth to 5 were under-appreciated, underpaid, and overworked and lacking access to relationship-based supports even before the pandemic. They were then expected to be on the frontlines while being isolated from outside support due to COVID restrictions. The support systems designed to promote quality child care are often fragmented and driven by scores on observation tools rather than IECMH competencies and best practices. This system is in dire need of relationship-based practices and I/ECMHC to address these ongoing challenges and strengthen the workforce. The professionals supporting the early care & education workforce through coaching, technical assistance, mentoring, consultation and practicum support roles are empowered to provide this onsite, individualized, relationship-based support. Our project model was designed to promote trauma-informed practice through programmatic and systems-focused IECMH Consultation to North Carolina’s early care & education support systems. The model is multi-level, including a 12-month learning collaborative model for classroom coaches, reflective supervision training for their supervisors, and practice-based intensive coaching with directors, teachers and family child care homes. The focus is on infant/toddler care, workday wellness, starting with self reflection, self awareness, self care and self-regulation; co-regulation to support social-emotional wellness in young children; and equity and cultural responsiveness in practices and relationships. ECE system leaders, local early childhood organization leaders, IECMHC providing system-wide & programmatic consultation. We hold ourselves accountable for demonstrating our commitment to equity and emphasize that we cannot successfully implement a trauma-informed approach if we are not effective in confronting systemic racism.
Primary Focus Area: Early Childhood System
Resource Type: Online Trainings/Tutorials/Webinars


2022 CoE Conference: Conversations around Culture: Creating Safe & Brave Space

We are developing an IECMH consultation program centered around providing reflective support to the early childhood workforce. We have found our model to be incredibly impactful in alleviating stress related to COVID-19 and and impacts on us all. Our model and practice is ever evolving based on the needs of the community in order expand on the capacity of the participants to care for themselves, each other, the children they are serving, and their community. Our target audience would be other mental health consultants, and program leaders, who are looking to find ways to shift and mold their practice to meet the needs of the community they serve while also cultivating a culture of wellness. We are infusing equity into our work by eliciting the ancient wisdom already present within participants to find ways to intentionally care for themselves and each other, to explore the implicit bias and cultural values that arise naturally with building relationships.
Primary Focus Area: Reflective Supervision
Resource Type: Online Trainings/Tutorials/Webinars


2022 CoE Conference: Culture, Diversity and Positive Representation in Early Child Care Settings


Primary Focus Area: Equity
Resource Type: Online Trainings/Tutorials/Webinars


2022 CoE Conference: Holding Hope: How Washington Partners IECMHC with Coaching to Support Child Care Providers

Holding Hope: IECMHC through Child Care Aware of Washington is a newly launched IECMHC service that intentionally partners MHCs with Early Achievers Coaches to support licensed child care providers in Washington. In addition to providing child/family, classroom, and programmatic IECMHC for child care providers, we also consult and partner with Coaches in an effort to build Coach capacity to prevent and respond to social/emotional and behavioral concerns and risk for expulsion in child care settings. Our program is modeled after Arizona’s Smart Support program with the added dimension of consultation for Coaches and to address systems-level concerns. We’d like to use a Storytelling format to highlight our unique approach of partnership between MHCs and Coaches, and to highlight some of the feedback and learnings from the field during our first year of implementation. We’d like to videotape and piece together interviews of the IECMHC Director, our principal program evaluator, and most importantly MHCs and Coaches who partnered together on specific cases. Our goal is to present these voices from the field in English, Spanish, and Somali. Holding Hope partnered with an independent evaluation team (the Athena Group and Indigo Cultural Center) to conduct a formative evaluation, which employed developmental evaluation methods and participatory strategies to engage key stakeholders, closely involve the IECMHC team in interpreting results and apply an equity lens in data collection and research. Through this evaluation and our first year of implementation, we gained many valuable insights which have shaped our priorities and practices, and through our Storytelling presentation, we’d like to highlight our learnings and raise up voices from coaches, MHCs, parents, and providers and MHCs regarding the impact of our work through a series of interviews and text inserts. At CCA of WA, we have the capacity to create this storytelling video presentation on our own, and will not need CoE’s assistance with recording. Our intended audience would be program leaders and MHCs, and anyone interested in learning about MHC/Coach partnership to support positive and equitable outcomes for the social-emotional health of children, families and child care providers who serve them.
Primary Focus Area: Equity
Resource Type: Online Trainings/Tutorials/Webinars


2022 CoE Conference: IECMHC: What Is IECMHC

This video defines infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC).
Primary Focus Area: Definitions/Background Information
Resource Type: Background Materials/What Is IECMHC


2022 CoE Conference: IECMHC: Why it Matters

This video explores why infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) matters.
Primary Focus Area: Definitions/Background Information
Resource Type: Background Materials/What Is IECMHC


2022 CoE Conference: Infant Mental Health Endorsement in Virginia


Primary Focus Area: Equity
Resource Type: Online Trainings/Tutorials/Webinars


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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.