National Center for Effective Mental Halth Consultation

Self-Awareness Activity: How Clear is My Vision?

As a program director, your vision for mental health services and consultation is important, although the ultimate vision for the program should be something created collaboratively. Knowing your own vision and being able to articulate it will help you to understand how their vision fits with program staff and families and where it may differ. It will also help you to identify areas that you'd like to learn more about in terms of children's mental health. Once you have developed a strong relationship with the mental health consultant, this person may be an important resource for you and other staff about professional development opportunities and resources for expanding expertise in this area. Take a few minutes to answer the following questions. You may find it helpful to print out this page to jot down notes, then use it in your strategic planning process.

  1. How would you define "mental health?"
  2. What does it mean to have a "mental health perspective" in your program?
  3. What do you see as your role in your program's mental health services?
  4. What do you hope to accomplish with your program's mental health services and approach?
  5. As you reflect on your own understanding of children's mental health, what do you feel are the gaps in your own knowledge? What continuing education or resources might help you to address these gaps?

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