This tutorial was developed by Frances Duran and Kathy Seitzinger Hepburn for the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, an Innovation and Improvement Project funded by the Office of Head Start.
About this Tutorial
As national interest in early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) has grown over the last decade, so has knowledge about how to implement this collaborative intervention effectively. While there are many factors that influence the efficacy of consultation, the characteristics and practices of mental health consultants are some of the greatest predictors. Thus, it is important that individuals providing ECMHC and those who hire and/or supervise these individuals have a clear understanding of the features of an effective mental health consultant.
Purpose and Overall Goal
The purpose of this tutorial is to provide data-driven guidance on the skills, training, knowledge, and service delivery practices associated with an effective mental health consultant.
After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:
- Identify the core components of effective ECMHC
- Describe the competencies and characteristics of a highly qualified effective mental health consultant
- Identify resources to help support professional development efforts for mental health consultants
- Describe mental health consultant practices and approaches associated with high-quality service delivery
This tutorial is designed to take about 30 minutes to complete, although timing may vary from person to person. We recommend completing the training in one sitting, but if this is not possible, you can easily pick up where you left off at a later time.
Other than a computer, you will not need any materials to complete this training. You may want to keep a pen/pencil and paper handy to take notes, or to have ready access to a printer to print items that are of particular interest to you.
Throughout this tutorial there may be words or terminology that may be new to you. Please check our glossary by clicking on the direct link at the top of the page or in the left margin. The glossary will open in a new window.
If you have any questions or technical difficulties with this tutorial, please email us. Thank you and we hope you enjoy the training.