Birth to Five Mental Health Core Training Initiative
This contract with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health aims to train mental health professionals to increase their core knowledge in working with children aged birth to five years and their families. This will increase the number of competently trained professionals to work with underserved, low income, infants and young children who have mental health needs.
The training initiative focuses on the mental health needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Interdisciplinary training staff will introduce community mental health professionals to the roles of multiple disciplines in mental health care.
Expected benefits include:
- Increased competency of the mental health workforce; and
- Increased access to mental health services for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and their families.
- Mental health professionals with expertise in this area can be endorsed by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health. The trainings offered in this Core Training Initiative help prepare professionals for endorsement.
- Participating in regular Reflective Practice Facilitation is key to success as an infant-family mental health practitioner. This project provides advanced Reflective Practice Facilitation to supervisors from over 25 mental health agencies.
Important Things to Know
- Many mental health professionals lack training in working with children aged birth to five years.
- Trainings are currently only open to DMH-contracted agencies
- Typical and Atypical Development in Children Aged Birth to Five
- Brain Development and Implications for Attachment and Treatment in Young Children
- Best Practices in Infant Mental Health Intervention
- Mental Health Diagnosis of Infants and Toddlers: Diagnostic Classification: 0 – 3 Revised
- Sensory Integration in Children Aged Birth to Five
- Trauma Response in Infants
- Infancy Childhood And Relationship Enrichment Initial Assessment Training
- Reflective Practice Facilitation
Marian Williams, PhD, Project Lead
Project Duration: 2014-2015
Collaborator: Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health