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All Hands on Deck: Integrating Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and the Pyramid Model

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.


Oct 7, 2019


12:00 AM


1 hr

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NCPMI Presenter(s)

Amy Hunter

Georgetown University

Amy Hunter is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) who earned her Masters of Social Work degree at Boston University in 1995. Amy has a post graduate certificate from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine in early childhood mental health. Amy currently serves as an assistant professor at Georgetown University. In her capacity at Georgetown she directs the mental health section of the Head Start National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety, a training and technical assistance center for Early Head Start and Head Start. Amy has worked in the field for early childhood mental health for over twenty years. Prior to coming to Georgetown she served in a number of roles at ZERO TO THREE including, but, not limited to: the Director of Program Operations for the Early Head Start National Resource Center and the Director of the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL). Amy has served as a National Head Start Fellow at the Office of Head Start for two years and was the mental health manager to a large Head Start program for eight years. Amy has provided training and technical assistance on early childhood mental health to a variety of audiences around the country. Amy maintains a private practice in Washington DC providing consultation to parents with young children.

Guest Presenter(s)

Sandy Avzaradel

Early Childhood Mental Health & Wellness Program

Sandy Avzaradel, MS Ed is the Program Manager for the Early Childhood Mental Health and Wellness Program where a county-wide effort is being initiated by the Early Childhood Mental Health Collaborative to work alongside preschool professionals to support early childhood social and emotional development and effectively work with children with challenging behaviors and/or mental health concerns. Sandy is also the Project Director for Early Childhood OC, an organization which promotes the Early Childhood Policy Framework, champions an increase in funding to early childhood and supports initiatives which cultivate resilient families, ensure quality early learning and promote comprehensive health and development. In addition, Sandy is a part-time adjunct faculty member at California State University, Fullerton in the Child and Adolescent Studies Department. Sandy has provided numerous local, state and national presentations with a focus on social/emotional development, mental health and challenging behavior, school readiness, child development, special education, and Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) for early childhood. Sandy enjoys volunteering as a Board Member for Families Forward and Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children as well as spending time with her husband, two young adult boys, and her dogs!

Tori Sproles

Child Care Connections

Tori Sproles has worked as a Professional Development Coordinator at the local Child Care Resource and Referral agency, for the past seven and a half years. During this time Tori has organized and presented many professional development opportunities and provided technical assistance to support local child care programs. She has contributed to many collaborative efforts to increase the availability, affordability and quality of child care at the community and state level. For the past two years Tori has been an instrumental part of the Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation pilot in Montana through project LAUNCH. Tori holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Child Services through Montana State University and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood with an emphasis in administration through Champlain College.

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