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Early Childhood Materials

Part II: Topic Specific Resources: Workforce Development

  • A Training Guide for the Early Childhood Services Community
    (http://download.ncadi.samhsa.gov/ken/pdf/SVP05-0151B/SVP05-0151B.pdf [PDF format])
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    These modules address valuing and understanding mental health consultation, effective mental health consultation, the importance of a collaborative relationship, and understanding challenges and developing strategies.
  • Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health—Volume I. Practice Guide
    (http://www.brightfutures.org/mentalhealth/) Exit Disclaimer
    National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Georgetown University
    This two-volume set considers the mental health of children in a developmental context, presents information on early recognition and intervention for specific mental health problems and mental disorders, and provides a toolkit with hands-on tools for health professionals and families for use in screening, care management, and health education.
  • Center on the Developing Child
    (http://www.developingchild.harvard.edu/) Exit Disclaimer
    Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
    These findings cover early childhood development, intervention. and policy. They focus on healthy child development by leveraging science to enhance child well-being.
  • Children’s Mental Health in Primary Care: Education and Training
    (http://www.aap.org/mentalhealth/mh9et.html) Exit Disclaimer
    American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
    The AAP provides a broad range of education and training activities that are aimed to develop, maintain, and increase skills and professional performance. The education and training programs provided are high-quality, relevant, and accessible.
  • DC:0-3R—Diagnosing Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Developmental Disorders Training
    (http://www.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ter_trng_dc03&AddInterest=1144) Exit Disclaimer
  • Developing Psychology’s National Agenda for Children’s Mental Health: American Psychological Association’s Response to the Surgeon General’s Action Agenda for Children’s Mental Health
    (http://www.apa.org/pi/families/resources/national-agenda.pdf [PDF format]) Exit Disclaimer
    American Psychological Association
  • Disseminating Evidence-Based Practice for Children and Adolescents: A Systems Approach to Enhancing Care
    (http://www.apa.org/pi/families/resources/task-force/evidence-based.aspx) Exit Disclaimer
    American Psychological Association
    This report addresses the unique challenges for practitioners in developing, strengthening, and disseminating evidence-based practice (EBP) for children, adolescents, and their families. The report adheres to the 2005 APA policy statement on Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology, which calls for "the integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture, and preferences."
  • Family Peer-to-Peer Support Programs in Children’s Mental Health—Critical Issues Guide
    (http://ffcmh.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/pdffiles/FamilyPeertoPeerSupportProgramsinChildrensMentalHealthCriticalIssuesGuide.pdf [PDF format]) Exit Disclaimer
    National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
    This guide provides information on the backbone of family peer-to-peer support programs, their design, and how to seek funding.
  • Handbook of Infant Mental Health Third Edition
    (http://www.guilford.com/cgi-bin/cartscript.cgi?page=pr/zeanah.htm&dir=pp/cpap&cart_id=633863.29817) Exit Disclaimer
    Edited by Charles H. Zeanah, Jr.
    This handbook offers a comprehensive analysis of developmental, clinical, and social aspects of mental health from birth to the preschool years. It explores models of development; biological, family, and sociocultural risk and protective factors; and frequently encountered disorders and disabilities. Evidence-based approaches to assessment and treatment are presented. The volume reviews the well-documented benefits of early intervention and prevention and describes applications in mental health, primary care, childcare, and child welfare settings.
  • Healthy Development: A Summit on Young Children’s Mental Health
    (http://www.srcd.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=353&Itemid=1) Exit Disclaimer
    Society for Research in Child Development
    This summit was designed to emphasize collaboration among researchers, mental health experts, communication scientists, and other stakeholders about the importance of children's mental health for optimal development in order to inform public attitudes and public policy. It is focused on the importance of mental health for normal child development, everyday challenges for parents’ and children’s mental health, prevention opportunities in child mental health, child mental health disorders, and treatments that work.
  • Management Strategies for Positive Mental Health Outcomes: What Early Childhood Administrators Need to Know
    (http://www.rtc.pdx.edu/PDF/pbMgmtStratEarlyChild.pdf [PDF format]) Exit Disclaimer
    Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health, Portland State University
  • National Family-to-Family Support Initiative
    (http://www.ffcmh.org/family-2-family/family-2-family/) Exit Disclaimer
    National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
  • Practical Strategies for Teachers/Caregivers
    (http://www.vanderbilt.edu/csefel/resources/strategies.html) Exit Disclaimer
    Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
    These resources include scripted stories for social situations, tools for working on building relationships, book lists, materials for teaching social-emotional skills, and tools for developing behavior support plans.
  • Professional Development
    Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families
    This resource includes online lessons, organizational and staff development guides, and planning tools.
  • Program Planning, Design, and Management
    Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families
    These resources address staff support, coordination with communities, and mental health consultation.
  • Resources for Professionals
    (http://www.fci.org/professional.asp) Exit Disclaimer
    Family Communications, Inc.
    These Mister Roger’s Neighborhood resources are for working in preschool and early care settings, communities, and schools.
  • Science News on Children and Adolescents
    National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health
    This collection of articles features information and data on a wide spectrum of issues relating the mental health of children and adolescents.
  • Sharing Knowledge with Infant-Toddler Teachers and Home Visitors
    Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families
    This series of lessons focuses on early development and quality services. The series contains information and opportunities for reflection and includes a Trainer's Companion manual that provides additional information and ideas for training activities.
  • Teacher Resources
    (http://www.ccbd.net/content.cfm?categoryID=1E59BF1A-3048-2906-B49FF9FDAFD544A3) Exit Disclaimer
    The Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD)
    CCBD is dedicated to supporting the professional development and enhancing the expertise of those who work on behalf of children with challenging behavior and their families. It provides teachers support, information, and resources on academic, behavioral, and emotional interventions.
  • Ten Best Practices for Schools
    (http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Schools_and_Education&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=47652) Exit Disclaimer
    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
    Schools play a critical role in helping students diagnosed with mental illnesses reach their full academic and functional potential, so NAMI calls on schools to adopt these 10 best practices.
  • Tips to Promote Social-Emotional Health Among Young Children
    (http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/mentalhealthday.cfm) Exit Disclaimer
    American Academy of Pediatrics
    This tip sheet describes what parents, early education and child care providers, and pediatricians can do to promote young children’s social-emotional health.
  • What Early Childhood Program Directors Should Know About Working with Mental Health Professionals
    (http://www.rtc.pdx.edu/PDF/fpS0403.pdf [PDF format]) Exit Disclaimer
    Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health, Portland State University
  • ZERO TO THREE: Professional
    (http://www.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer?pagename=prof_professionals&AddInterest=1241) Exit Disclaimer
    This collection of resources is aimed at supporting the work of professionals in a variety of early childhood settings.

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