This tutorial was developed by Beth Green and Mary Dallas Allen for the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, an Innovation and Improvement Project funded by the Office of Head Start.
Head Start and Early Head Start program directors and administrators play an essential role in creating strong mental health services and effective strategies for mental health consultation. For mental health consultation to be most effective, it is important to view consultation as just one part of supporting a program’s overall approach to child, family and staff mental health. Program leadership is critical to developing and implementing this program-wide mental health perspective. Program leaders can support mental health consultation both directly (through designing, hiring, and supporting mental health consultants) and indirectly, by creating a program context that is a foundation for effective consultation.
Purpose and Overall Goal
The purpose of this tutorial is to support Head Start and Early Head Start program directors and administrators to develop and implement a vision and strategic plan for a program-wide approach to mental health and mental health consultation. Administrators will learn how to ensure more effective mental health consultation by facilitating staff-consultant relationships and providing support and oversight to mental health consultants.
After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:
This tutorial is organized into the following sections:
We recommend that you navigate the sections sequentially.
This tutorial is designed to take about 20-30 minutes to complete, although timing may vary from person to person. We recommend completing the training one sitting, but if this is not possible, you can easily pick up where you left off at a later time.
Other than a computer, you will not need any materials to complete this training. You may want to keep a pen/pencil and paper handy to take notes, or have access to a printer to print items that are of particular interest to you.
Throughout this tutorial there may be words or terminology that may be new to you. Please check our glossary by clicking on the direct link at the top of the page or in the left margin. The glossary will open in a new window.
If you have any questions or technical difficulties, please email us. Thank you and we hope you enjoy the training.