Welcome to the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health at WestEd
…your virtual forum for best practice, evidence-based information and resources that support the healthy social and emotional development of children under the age of 5 and professional development of practitioners in the field of infant-family and early childhood mental health. Here you’ll find (read more)
Hats’avan A Tribute to Our Visionary Leader in Infant Mental Health
We lost Dr. Jeree Pawl on November 21, 2021, but her legacy will live on forever in our hearts, minds, and work with infants and families. Jeree was a leader in infant mental health work in California after coming to the University of California, San Francisco from Michigan in 1979. Along with Selma Fraiberg, Jeree founded the Infant Parent Program at San Francisco General and led training and clinical services there for decades. She was a founding member of Zero To Three (originally known as the National Center for Clinical Infant Programs), served as Board President, and received the ZTT Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. Even after her retirement, Jeree remained actively engaged in work in California and across the world, providing advice and guidance as we all made our way forward as professionals. Jeree usually worked behind the scenes, never asking for acknowledgement of her many gifts and gracious sharing of creative and novel ideas. Jeree’s brilliance, creativity, sensitivity, and humility combined to make her a powerful clinician, teacher, and leader.
Never go a day without reminding yourself of Jeree’s words, “How you are is as important as what you do.” For the children and families we serve, who we are in their lives is critical and far more important than anything else in creating hope and change. If we could all learn to be one-tenth as humble in our lives as Jeree was, the world would be a better place. Jeree will live on in our work, keeping us centered on the value of services to very young children and their families and the importance of collaborating for the greater good in communities. She will be sorely missed by all of us who were lucky enough to know her.
For more information about Jeree’s extraordinary life, go to https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/sfgate/name/jeree-pawl-obituary?id=31918712
Fort Collins New! International Certificate of Core Competency in Reflective Practice & Supervision (IC3RPS)
Would you like professional recognition for the reflective practice and supervision that you already provide?
The California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health is pleased to announce the launch of the International Certificate of Core Competency in Reflective Practice & Supervision (IC3-RPS).
This is not meant for individuals who are endorsed but rather for multidisciplinary practitioners, supervisors, and trainers who have demonstrated a foundational level of experience in reflective practice and supervision and already use or are interested in expanding reflective practice and supervision in their community, agency, and program roles, but do not meet the endorsement criteria.
We encourage you to share this opportunity with your fellow early childhood service providers. The eligibility and application requirements for the IC3RPS can be found here.
Launching an Endorsement Candidate Status
Overwhelmed by the thought of completing the endorsement process? Enroll as a candidate to initiate your endorsement application while continuing to accumulate training and direct service hours to meet the full endorsement criteria.
Endorsement candidates will receive extra application support, connections to training and reflective practice resources and the option to participate with others in group application web calls during their preliminary application phase.
The candidate status will be valid for a period of 5 years. Click here to find out more!
Guidelines for IFECMH Training Programs
The California Center has developed a guideline checklist for training programs that align the content of their classes to the key concepts and competencies of the California Compendium of Training Guidelines, Personnel Competencies, and Professional Endorsement Criteria for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health.