Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) is a capacity-building intervention that supports the mental health and social-emotional well-being of children, families, and providers who work with them. Family Connections is an evidence-based, system-wide model for mental health consultation and professional development.
This three-part virtual workshop series based on the Family Connections model is for you if you are a mental health consultant, family service professional, or early childhood systems leader. Each workshop provides knowledge, skills, and strategies that you can bring right back to your setting and implement in service of staff and family well-being. For mental health consultants, this series provides you with a workshop model for professional development in the programs for which you consult.
Participants will gain knowledge and skills to strengthen relationships with adults and children and promote family well-being through the IECMHC perspective. You will explore how you can implement the learning activities presented in each of these workshops with program staff, and how you and program staff can adapt these activities for the families with whom you work.
- Christina Mondi-Rago, PhD, Research Lead, Mental Health Consultation Services Clinician, and National Facilitator at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center
Each workshop is 90 minutes. All workshops have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available!
Price: $35/workshop or $90 for all 3 workshops
BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/workshop or $85 for all 3
Can’t attend the live workshops? Register to access the recordings! All registrants will have access to the webinar recording for 30 days.
Overcoming Barriers to Family-Staff Partnerships
Strong relationships between early childhood professionals and families are key to the healthy development of young children. Building these relationships is an ongoing process that can sometimes be challenging for both professionals and parents. This workshop explores some of the challenges and barriers to building these relationships and considers strategies for success.
Understanding Depression and Resilience through IECMHC
Depression, trauma, and other mental health concerns have affected a growing number of people during the pandemic, including parents and staff in early childhood programs. People who receive effective treatment for mental health concerns can lead productive and fulfilling lives. However, when unrecognized and untreated, depression can negatively affect people’s ability to work, parent, and maintain relationships. This workshop offers mental health consultants an opportunity to learn more about and better understand depression and to support family-facing professionals to learn more about depression. It offers strategies you and they can use to more effectively reach out to family members about mental health concerns, keeping in mind their cultural values and beliefs.
Talking with Children about Difficult Issues
Open and honest conversations help build strong, trusting partnerships among children, families, and providers. Sometimes, however, we encounter difficult or uncomfortable topics in conversations in our work. A child may start a conversation about something that has happened at home that takes you by surprise. Or, you may see and hear children exploring a sensitive topic in their play, such as family conflict or grief. While it is natural to experience a range of emotions when difficult topics come up, strategies exist that can help us feel more skilled in our response. This workshop gives early childhood professionals an opportunity to share their challenges when discussing sensitive issues, explore strategies for supporting children and families from different backgrounds, and look at ways to take care of themselves during these conversations.