Key Areas of Knowledge

The following is an overview of the range of topics recommended within each knowledge domain. The lists are not meant to be exhaustive; some programs may include additional topics within the domains. However, within each domain, consideration should be given to a variety of areas. Quality training should focus on multiple topics within the domains that prepare practitioners to provide core services or more specialized mental health services.

The focus of training for the Transdisciplinary Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Practitioner is on providing an overview and application of the core concepts within each broad domain of knowledge. Training for Mental Health Specialists is focused on using basic knowledge as a building block for more in-depth assessment and intervention. Thus, effective trainings focus on building upon the Mental Health Specialist’s understanding of core concepts, with the goal of developing appropriate interventions to enhance all services designed to meet individual child and family needs. In addition, extensive training of the Mental Health Specialist is required in Domains E and F — Observation, Screening and Assessment, and Diagnosis and Intervention — since these areas are critical components of the Mental Health Specialist’s practice and focus on early relationships between parents and children.

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