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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) is prevention-based service that pairs a mental health consultant with families and adults who work with infants and young children in the different settings where they learn and grow, such as child care, preschool, and their home. The aim is to build adults’ capacity to strengthen and support the healthy social and emotional development of children―early and before intervention is needed.

Both IECMHC and the Pyramid Model have a strong focus on the critical importance of positive relationships in the early years of a child’s development. Both approaches focus on building the capacity of professionals and families to support young children’s social emotional development. An IECMH consultant can support Pyramid Model implementation through consultation to the program leadership team, consultation to practitioners, and guiding the provision of supports and services to children and their families. The IEMHC might bring additional expertise to the Pyramid Model framework such as: considering trauma-informed care; curricula and/or strategies to enhance children’s positive relationship or attachment to caregivers; supporting staff and/or families experiencing depression and/or adversity, working with families with substance use problems, etc.


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Join us for another conversation dedicated to implementing the individualized intensive intervention process while honoring the unique experiences of children who have experienced trauma. We will build on the March 2023 webinar to discuss the approaches teams might use as they engage in functional behavior assessment, plan development, and plan implementation to support a child who has experienced trauma.

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Young children are particularly vulnerable to the impact of traumatic experiences. In fact, traumatic experience can alter young childrens’ brain development. Young children who have experienced trauma may demonstrate a variety of emotional, behavioral and/or physical responses. Their responses to their experience depends on a variety of factors including: the nature, frequency, and intensity of the traumatic event(s); the child’s temperament, age, and development; the child’s previous experiences and the support the child and family receive. Trauma is a factor that must be considered as we develop behavior interventions and supports for young children. Join this webinar for a discussion on how trauma might be conceptualized, considered, and integrated into the functional behavioral assessment and individualized behavior support process.

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An IECMH Consultant supports the skills and strengths of program leaders, staff, families, and children during a typical day in a classroom setting. Explore other resources about IECMHC at www.samhsa.gov/iecmhc.

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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) is an evidence-based approach that pairs mental health professionals with people who work with young children and their families. Professionals who provide IECMHC can be critical partners in the implementation of the Pyramid Model within early childhood education and care programs including assisting programs with concerns such as trauma, crisis in communities, staff wellness, and connections with community services. The webinar panel will discuss the relationship between the mental health consultant and the Pyramid Model leadership team and the supports that might be provided by the mental health consultant to build the capacity of the program and personnel as they provide services to young children and their families.

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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) is emerging as an evidence-based intervention for supporting young children’s social and emotional development and addressing challenging behaviors. IECMHC aims to improve the ability of staff, families, programs, and systems to prevent, identify, treat and reduce the impact of mental health problems among children from birth to age 6 and their families. IECMHC occurs within the context of a collaborative relationship between a consultant with mental health expertise and early care and education provider, and/or a family member (Cohen & Kaufmann, 2000). In this webinar, we explain the relationship and role between IECMH consultants and Pyramid Model coaches. We also discuss how coaches can identify when they might need the support of a mental health consultant, and how to locate resources when the staff, families, or children they are working with require access to mental health supports.

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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) is an evidence-based approach that pairs mental health professionals with people who work with young children and their families. Professionals who provide IECMHC can be critical partners in the implementation of the Pyramid Model. Join this webinar panel discussion to learn about two different IECMHC models and how each model incorporates the Pyramid Model in their work. The webinar panelists discuss the relationship between mental health consultation and the Pyramid Model highlighting how these distinct approaches align and supplement one another.

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Join us for a discussion to learn about how early childhood education and care programs are being guided to use Pyramid Model practices in addressing the needs of young children during the Pandemic and other Traumatic Events. Our panel will discuss the impact of trauma on young children’s social-emotional health and how Child Care Resource & Referral leaders are making a difference in the support of programs.

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Watch this webinar recorded on 4/27/17 to learn more about Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and the Center of Excellence. This video defines IECMHC, outlines its history, importance and impact, delineates the key messages, and highlights the work of the Center of Excellence.

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The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) learning module highlights the role of the IECMHC. The interactive module is divided into lessons with realistic scenarios and short video clips. Each lesson has its own resource area designed to provide extensive support around IECMHC. Revisit it as needed to gain a better understanding of your role as a Head Start IECMHC.

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Brief video (9 minutes) that describes the impact of COVID-19 and potential impact on children’s social-emotional wellness. The video provides guidance on pivotal practices that can promote social-emotional skill development and how programs can use a trauma -informed care approach.

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Brief video (9 minutes) that describes the impact of COVID-19 and potential impact on children’s social-emotional wellness. The video provides guidance on pivotal practices that can promote social-emotional skill development and how programs can use a trauma-informed care approach.

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Childhood trauma may be more common than you think. Roughly 26 percent of children in the United States witness or experience a trauma before the age of 4 (Briggs-Gowan et al. 2010). It is highly likely that there are children who have experienced trauma in every early childhood classroom. Often early educators are not aware of what children have experienced in their early lives. Join this webinar to hear more about trauma informed care, the Pyramid Model and how these approaches support resilience for all children including those who have experienced trauma. This webinar will highlight how two early childhood programs use the Pyramid and trauma informed care to support children in their care. This webinar will also share resources you can use in your own programs.

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Childhood trauma may be more common than you think. Roughly 26 percent of children in the United States have witnessed or experienced a trauma before the age of 4 (Briggs-Gowan et al. 2010). It is highly likely that each provider in Early Intervention has worked with children and their families who have experienced trauma. Providers may not be aware of what a child has experienced, nor how the experiences impact the child and family. Join this webinar to hear more about trauma informed care, the Pyramid Model, and how these approaches support resilience for all children in early intervention, including those who have experienced trauma. This webinar will highlight the experiences of two Early Intervention programs, and will share resources you can use in your own programs.

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Fact Sheet

This fact sheet describes how programs might partner with IECMH consultants to implement the Pyramid Model. The fact sheet provides detailed information on how the IECMHC can contribute to leadership team and program activities.

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Fact Sheet

This fact sheet defines the roles of Pyramid Model coach, mental health consultant, and mental health therapist and answers frequently asked questions about these roles.

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Checklist

This checklist is a list of practices that will help guide your thinking about how to support the social-emotional development of young children who have experienced trauma.

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Crosswalk

This table represents characteristics defining and differentiating common supports that aim to enhance the social and emotional health of young children. Although states, Tribal Nations and communities may define and use these supports somewhat differently, this table represents the most typical characteristics as identified by researchers and seasoned implementers from across the country.

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Issue Brief

A growing number of states and communities are implementing the Pyramid Model in early care and education settings, and in many of these places there are also early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) programs operating. This practice brief provides an overview of ECMHC, how it can support the implementation of the Pyramid Model and the issues that arise when administrators seek to integrate these two approaches at the state and local levels. Mental health consultants can: (1) serve as coaches for implementing the Pyramid practices; (2) serve as adjuncts to coaches, by working with children, families and teachers; and (3) use the Pyramid Model to inform and organize their own strategies for working with teachers and families. (November, 2009).

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Research Summary

This synthesis has been developed to describe early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) and the existing evidence base for its effectiveness in fostering healthy social and emotional development in young children, birth through age 6. It provides a description of the emerging evidence base that many of the beliefs and much of the current body of knowledge about consultation is grounded in literature and the experiences of mental health and early care and education (ECE) providers, educators, and other experts (i.e., practice-based evidence).

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Tip Sheet

This tip sheet provides some “in the moment” and “after the visit” response strategies and reflection early intervention providers can use when families share difficult or traumatic experiences.

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Website

The CoE for IECMHC is a national technical assistance center dedicated to the advancement and impact of the field of IECMHC through training, technical assistance and resource development.

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Guide

This guide provides resources that support early childhood professionals to integrate the Pyramid Model practices and trauma-informed care. The intended audience includes program leaders and administrators, educators, and staff in early intervention and early childhood classrooms. The purpose of this guide is to help early childhood professionals apply the principles of trauma-informed care in various settings to meet the diverse needs of young children and their families who have experienced trauma.

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Fact Sheet

This factsheet outlines the recommended practices, developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, for providing a trauma-informed educational program and how the Pyramid Model supports these.

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Fact Sheet

This fact sheet shows how Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation works together with the Pyramid Model.

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Fact Sheet

What is Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and what services do they provide.

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