Housed at the WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention, the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Leadership Team is comprised of many of the initial working group members that began California’s early childhood mental health efforts and reflect the interdisciplinary nature of this field. The Leadership Team was instrumental in the development and implementation of Delivery of Infant-Family and Early Mental Health Services Training Guidelines and Recommended Personnel Competencies (2003), a seminal work in establishing the foundation of the skills and knowledge professionals in infant-family and early childhood mental health must master to effectively serve the population. In 2009, the Leadership Team published its updated successor, California Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health, Revised, as well as created a statewide endorsement program and training programs to promote the core competencies of the Training Guidelines.
Working to assure the quality of infant-family and early childhood services throughout California, the Leadership Team represents higher education, infant-family and early childhood service delivery, reflective practice facilitation, training leadership and system change.
Marie Kanne Poulsen, Ph.D. Karen Moran Finello, Ph.D. Mary Claire Heffron, Ph.D. Virginia Reynolds, MA Kristie Brandt, PhD Sue Bollig, LCSW Monica Mathur-Kalluri, OTD Elvia Cortes, MS, Ph.D. Mary Beth Steinfeld, M.D., Cindy Collado, Ph.D. Jennifer Miller, MA