National Center for Effective Mental Halth Consultation

Take Home Messages

  • A family partnership is a two-way venture between people who agree to share responsibility for achieving a specific goal.
  • The quality of young children's relationships with familiar caregivers impacts their intellectual, social and cognitive development.
  • Families are partners in all aspects of early childhood mental health consultation as it relates to their child or children.
  • Head Start Performance Standards support staff to work collaboratively with families.
  • Family involvement in consultation leads to better outcomes for children.
  • Family partnerships are built through ongoing relationships.
  • It is important to recognize barriers to partnering and make plans to overcome those barriers.
  • Respect and trust are the framework from which strong partnerships develop.
  • Understanding a family’s culture supports infusing strategies and practices that celebrate a family’s unique strengths and needs.
  • Using a strength-based approach empowers families to build their own capacity for taking on challenges.
  • Exploring and partnering to strengthen a family’s protective factors can lead to their resilience.
  • Positive and meaningful communication between consultants, caregivers and families greatly enhances consultation practices.




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