Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
Stefanie Powers, Ed. May 2013
Early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) has emerged as an important strategy to support professionals working with young children and their families across a variety of settings and disciplines. ECMHC has been linked with many positive outcomes for children and for the programs that receive ECMHC. As ECMHC is gaining increasing momentum in states and communities, many are grappling with questions about how to define ECMHC, how to deliver effective services, and how to pay for it. This issue of Zero to Three was developed in collaboration with Guest Editors Deborah F. Perry and Amy Hunter from Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development, which has been a leader in the field of ECMHC for more than a decade. The articles in this issue span a broad range of topics including: the current evidence base for ECMHC; professional development competencies and needs; the role of reflective supervision; and how to serve diverse populations and implement ECMHC in diverse settings. Collectively, the articles represent the most current innovations and strategies for successfully integrating ECMHC into child and family serving systems.