As the field of Infant Mental Health continues to grow, there is an ongoing need for quality training for providers across multiple service delivery systems. Our knowledge of early brain development has pushed many service sectors towards investments in prevention, and increased referrals to services for children under three. Service systems are creating increased linkages; one such example is the Child Protective Services (CPS) linking with Public Mental Health to recommend intervention for younger children. As a result, mental health providers may be experiencing an increase in referrals of children birth to five. MORE
One piece of the Affordable Care Act legislation (ACA; P.L. 111-148) is federal funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, implemented through a partnership between two agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The goals of the MIECHV Program are to “strengthen and improve the programs and practices carried out under Title V, improve coordination of services for at-risk communities, and identify and provide comprehensive services to improve outcomes for families who reside in at-risk communities.” MORE
DVD Is an Outstanding Training Resource
Work with infants, young children, and their families are frequently complex, confusing, intense, and challenging. Often the needs are extensive and the available resources feel inadequate to address the wide range of stressors that are impacting the family. The new set of instructional materials, Finding the Words, Finding the Ways, Exploring Reflective Supervision and Facilitation, offers practitioners, instructors, and programs a new tool to build and deepen reflective supervision skills in a way that genuinely supports staff providing direct services across a variety of disciplines and settings. MORE
How They Met the Challenges and Thrived: DVD Series Shares Personal Stories of Families With Children Born With Unique Needs
Families are the experts about their children. They give voice to their children’s needs and play a critical role in ensuring that their children receive the services available to them.
In Stories From Our Hearts: Brief Messages From Families About Important Issues in Our Lives, families share their personal experiences… MORE
Responding to the increasing need for a collaborative forum and collective voice to promote the healthy social and emotional development of children under the age of five, the leadership team of the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health is pleased to offer its expanded website. MORE