Family Connections

What is Family Connections?

Family Connections provides an evidence-based, system-wide model for mental health consultation and professional development.  

This model:

  • Builds professional capacity
  • Promotes mental health and social-emotional wellness in young children, their families and providers
  • Deepens professionals’ understanding of families facing depression and other adversities

Family Connections was developed with the support of a US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Head Start Innovation and Improvement Grant to Boston Children’s Hospital.

Who is Family Connections for?

  • Child care providers
  • Mental health practitioners
  • Home visitors
  • Family advocates 
  • Supervisors
  • Directors 
  • Program Managers
  • Others working with young children and their families

What Do Providers Learn?

  • Further enhance mental health consultation services to young children, their families, and early childhood professionals
  • Support further professional development regarding social-emotional development and mental health
  • Deepen professionals’ understanding of families facing depression and other adversities
  • Focus on the importance of self-reflection, perspective taking, and self-care for providers and families

How Do Providers Learn?

  • Two days of interactive, learner-centered training
  • Family Connections and Tell Me A Story training modules demonstrated through presentations, case vignettes, and interactive exercises
  • Three post-training group consultation calls
  • Small class sizes that enhance learning outcomes

Cost: $750 

For additional information, or to learn more about on-site training contact: Mai Nguyen-Kim at mai.nguyen@childrens.harvard.edu

For Family Connections Resources, click here

CLICK HERE to Register for our October Training!

What are people saying about this course?

“This training was very informative especially on what Mental Health means, and how it impacts families and communities. I now have a more thorough understanding, more clarity on what to listen for when I visit with families.”
– Early Childhood Home Visitor

“Entering the classrooms with the children and teachers has been a joy. But, I have been wondering about direction and methods to be effective with mental health consultations. Thank you for providing exactly those.”
– Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

“You have brought me hope, tools, and refreshed my enthusiasm to cope with/help in the area I get most questions: …But what do I do when there are real mental health issues? This has been powerful for me and I can’t wait to share it with others as I know it will help them in the difficult challenges that they face on a daily basis.”
– Early Intervention Service Coordinator