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FAQ: Infant Mental Health and Early Care and Education Providers


Source: The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
This synthesis has been developed to answer some of the most frequently asked questions that early childhood providers have about Infant Mental Health (IMH) – early social and emotional development – and the IMH system. It also provides information about where to turn for additional information for promoting IMH when
children and families are experiencing challenges.
Click here to download a pdf of this Research Synthesis.




GUIDE: Pathways to Prevention: A comprehensive guide for supporting infant and toddler mental health


Source: Early Head Start
This publication will provide guidance to program leaders and staff members for planning, carrying out, and assessing their infant-toddler mental health services. Click here to download a pdf of this guide.




GUIDE: Planning and Implementing Cultural Competence


Source: National Center for Cultural Competence
Health and human service organizations are recognizing the need to enhance services for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Assessing attitudes, practices, policies and structures of administrators and service providers is a necessary, effective and systematic way to plan for and incorporate cultural competence within an organization. Determining the needs, preferences and satisfaction of family members/consumers is an essential aspect of this process. The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), through its Title V–Children With Special Health Care Needs programs (CSHCN), supports self-assessment as a tool that assists with the development of State Block Grant applications. The MCHB also emphasizes self-assessment as a key strategy to address Goal III, Objective 3.9—To increase the percentage of states that implement culturally competent policies, practices and procedures to 100%.
Click here to download this Tool.
Click here to download a Guide for implementing this Tool.




Infant Mental Health Journal


Infant Mental Health Journal
The Infant Mental Health Journal publishes peer review research articles, program description/evaluations, clinical studies, and book reviews that focus on infant social emotional development, caregiver-infant interactions, contextual and cultural influences on infant and family development.




POLICY: Addressing Socio-Emotional Development and Infant Mental Health in Early Childhood Systems: Executive Summary


Source: UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities
This executive summary draws on existing research findings and makes policy recommendations for how to structure and implement mental health care systems that work with infants and families.
Click here to download a pdf of this executive summary.




PRESENTATION: Supporting Families in Recovery through Infant Mental Health Interventions


Source: University of California, Berkeley – National Abandoned Infants Assistance
Resource Center

This session discusses adapting infant mental health treatment approaches to working with families and children affected by substance abuse to promote a stronger relationship between parent and child, and to strengthen and support the parent’s recovery. Facilitating the integration of the child’s developmental needs into service delivery and collaboration with substance abuse treatment staff are also be highlighted.
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Click here to download the handout for this presentation.




PRESENTATION: The ABCs of Infant Mental Health


Source: University of California, Berkeley – National Abandoned Infants Assistance
Resource Center

This session provides an overview of infant mental health and clinical practice. The process for assessing and diagnosing very young children is discussed, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of using mental health diagnoses. A brief overview is also presented of the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood- Revised Edition system, which is designed to identify, conceptualize, and diagnose emotional and behavioral difficulties experienced by very young children and their families.

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Click here to download the slides for this presentation.




REPORT: Improving the Delivery of Health Care that Supports Young Children’s Healthy Mental Development.


Source: The National Academy for State Health Policy and The Commonwealth Fund
A report on the ABCD II Consortium, formed in January 2004, to provide five states with an opportunity to develop and test strategies for improving the care of young children at risk for or with social or emotional development delays, especially those in need of preventive or early intervention services.

Click here to download this report.




REPORT: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation; An Evaluation Tool Kit


Source: Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s
Mental Health and Johns Hopkins University Women’s and Children’s Health Policy
Center and Portland State University Research and Training Center on Family
Support and Children’s Mental Health

The purpose of this tool kit is to increase the capacity for high-quality evaluation of early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) in community based settings. For states, communities, programs, and grant funded projects that are developing or have developed early childhood mental health consultation programs and want to assess their impact, this tool kit provides guidance, tools, and resources that will assist in designing and implementing program evaluations.
Click here to download a pdf of this Tool Kit.





Parent Resources

COMPETENCY SYSTEMS: The Competent Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist


Source: Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy at Erison Institute
This brief summarizes findings from a comparison of Early Childhood Mental Health competency systems across six states.

Click here to download a pdf of this research brief.




RESEARCH: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation


Source: The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
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.

Click here to download a pdf of this Research Synthesis.




STUDY: What Works? A Study of Effective Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Programs


Source: Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
In recent years, there has been growing concern among many in the early care and education (ECE) community that increasing numbers of very young children are manifesting behavior problems. To attend to this need, the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD)embarked on this study to address critical knowledge gaps in the field and provide data-driven guidance around consultation program design.

Click here to download a pdf of this study.





Early Intervention

Articles


Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children in the Child Welfare System
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published a new paper entitledAddressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children in the Child Welfare System: What Every Policymaker Should Know (2010), by Janice L. Cooper, Patti Banghart, and Yumiko Aratani. The brief explores what is currently known about the prevalence of young children (ages birth to 5) in the child welfare system, how maltreatment or neglect affects their development, and the services currently offered versus needed for these children.
Mental problems rise with kids’ screen time: study
More than two hours a day spent watching television or playing computer games could put a child at greater risk for psychological problems, suggests a new study. Infant Mental Health Journal




Books


Courts, Child Welfare and Infant Mental Health: Improving Outcomes for Abused/Neglected Infants and Toddlers Outlines how a judge can put in place a “Maltreated Infants Court” to take
into account the social and emotional needs of the infant/toddler within
the judicial process.

Guidelines For Comprehensive Assessment of Infants and Their Parents In The Child Welfare System, 2006 Developed for the busy practitioner assessing parental capacity and status
of infants and toddlers for child welfare or the Court.
Handbook of Emotions
Widely regarded as the standard reference in the field. Handbook of Infant Mental Health
Offers a comprehensive analysis of developmental, clinical, and social
aspects of mental health from birth to the preschool years.
Handbook of Preschool Mental Health
Explores the development of psychiatric disorders in 2- to 6-year-olds. Mind in the Making
Parenting manual features research-based life skills to help children reach
their potential.
Supporting Relationships for Infants and Toddlers With Two Homes
Summarizes what infants/toddlers who live between care giving families
need for sound social and emotional development.
What Am I Feeling?
Easy guide defines parenting styles and 5 steps of Emotion Coaching. What’s Going On In There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the
First Five Years of Life

Brilliantly blends cutting-edge science with a mother’s wisdom and insight.




Videos


Providing Reflective Supervision to Home Visitors and to Infant Mental Health Therapists: Similarities & Differences The Evolution of One Reflective Supervisor from an Early Provider of Reflective Supervision to a More Experienced Provider.





Evidence Based Practice

Articles


Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children in the Child Welfare System
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published a new paper entitledAddressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children in the Child Welfare System: What Every Policymaker Should Know (2010), by Janice L. Cooper, Patti Banghart, and Yumiko Aratani. The brief explores what is currently known about the prevalence of young children (ages birth to 5) in the child welfare system, how maltreatment or neglect affects their development, and the services currently offered versus needed for these children.
Mental problems rise with kids’ screen time: study
More than two hours a day spent watching television or playing computer games could put a child at greater risk for psychological problems, suggests a new study. Infant Mental Health Journal




Books


Courts, Child Welfare and Infant Mental Health: Improving Outcomes for Abused/Neglected Infants and Toddlers Outlines how a judge can put in place a “Maltreated Infants Court” to take
into account the social and emotional needs of the infant/toddler within
the judicial process.

Guidelines For Comprehensive Assessment of Infants and Their Parents In The Child Welfare System, 2006 Developed for the busy practitioner assessing parental capacity and status
of infants and toddlers for child welfare or the Court.
Handbook of Emotions
Widely regarded as the standard reference in the field. Handbook of Infant Mental Health
Offers a comprehensive analysis of developmental, clinical, and social
aspects of mental health from birth to the preschool years.
Handbook of Preschool Mental Health
Explores the development of psychiatric disorders in 2- to 6-year-olds. Mind in the Making
Parenting manual features research-based life skills to help children reach
their potential.
Supporting Relationships for Infants and Toddlers With Two Homes
Summarizes what infants/toddlers who live between care giving families
need for sound social and emotional development.
What Am I Feeling?
Easy guide defines parenting styles and 5 steps of Emotion Coaching. What’s Going On In There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the
First Five Years of Life

Brilliantly blends cutting-edge science with a mother’s wisdom and insight.




Videos


Providing Reflective Supervision to Home Visitors and to Infant Mental Health Therapists: Similarities & Differences The Evolution of One Reflective Supervisor from an Early Provider of Reflective Supervision to a More Experienced Provider.





Other Resources

Articles


Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children in the Child Welfare System
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published a new paper entitledAddressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children in the Child Welfare System: What Every Policymaker Should Know (2010), by Janice L. Cooper, Patti Banghart, and Yumiko Aratani. The brief explores what is currently known about the prevalence of young children (ages birth to 5) in the child welfare system, how maltreatment or neglect affects their development, and the services currently offered versus needed for these children.
Mental problems rise with kids’ screen time: study
More than two hours a day spent watching television or playing computer games could put a child at greater risk for psychological problems, suggests a new study. Infant Mental Health Journal




Books


Courts, Child Welfare and Infant Mental Health: Improving Outcomes for Abused/Neglected Infants and Toddlers Outlines how a judge can put in place a “Maltreated Infants Court” to take
into account the social and emotional needs of the infant/toddler within
the judicial process.

Guidelines For Comprehensive Assessment of Infants and Their Parents In The Child Welfare System, 2006 Developed for the busy practitioner assessing parental capacity and status
of infants and toddlers for child welfare or the Court.
Handbook of Emotions
Widely regarded as the standard reference in the field. Handbook of Infant Mental Health
Offers a comprehensive analysis of developmental, clinical, and social
aspects of mental health from birth to the preschool years.
Handbook of Preschool Mental Health
Explores the development of psychiatric disorders in 2- to 6-year-olds. Mind in the Making
Parenting manual features research-based life skills to help children reach
their potential.
Supporting Relationships for Infants and Toddlers With Two Homes
Summarizes what infants/toddlers who live between care giving families
need for sound social and emotional development.
What Am I Feeling?
Easy guide defines parenting styles and 5 steps of Emotion Coaching. What’s Going On In There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the
First Five Years of Life

Brilliantly blends cutting-edge science with a mother’s wisdom and insight.




Videos


Providing Reflective Supervision to Home Visitors and to Infant Mental Health Therapists: Similarities & Differences The Evolution of One Reflective Supervisor from an Early Provider of Reflective Supervision to a More Experienced Provider.