The course is comprised of ten modules:
Module 1: Welcome, Orientation and Perspectives in ECMHC
This module will provide an orientation to participants on the certificate program structure, content, faculty, and requirements. Participants will get to know other certificate participants as well as certificate faculty and staff. An overview of the importance of IECMHC as an approach to support healthy child development in the context of early learning settings will also be introduced.
Module 2: Introduction to IECMHC: History, Theory, & Evidence Base
Module 2 will provide an introduction to IECMHC, including the history and development of IECMHC, goals and purpose of IECMHC, frameworks that guide IECMHC, and overview of theories of change. An introduction consultation and differentiating consultation from therapy will also be provided. Additionally, the course will review the evidence base for IECMHC as well as the current state of the IECMHC field.
Module 3: Early Childhood Development in Context
This course will provide a review of early childhood foundational knowledge that is particularly relevant to ECMHC. Ecology of early childhood development will be examined. The role of culture in child development will be explored. Influences of racism, oppression, and disparities on child development and early childhood ecologies will also be examined.
Module 4: Providing Consultation
In Module 4 will outline the provision of consultation services, including areas of consultation focus at the child, classroom, and programmatic level. This module will outline the consultation process. Continued definition of the role of the consultant will be emphasized. Partnerships with families and engaging families in consultation will be discussed. We will also introduce the connection of ECMHC to broader early childhood systems.
Module 5: Assessment and Documentation
Module 5 will cover assessment in IECMHC, including goals and purpose of assessment, how assessment is integrated into and supported consultation work, and common assessment tools used in IECMHC. Additionally, this course will cover principals of documentation in IECMHC, including goals, purpose, and sharing documentation with others.
Module 6: Program Evaluation
This module will cover the connections between assessment, documentation and program evaluation. Key principals and goals for program evaluation will be discussed.
Module 7: Relationships: Building an Implementation and Program Management Plan
This module will outline the systems orientation of IECMHC work, including consultant's work within systems, interfacing with multiple systems and how IECMHC is situated in broader early childhood systems. Approaches to engaging in conversations with early childhood professionals to set up and support consultation in early childhood settings will also be discussed.
Module 8:Equity and Mental Health Consultation
In Module 8 you will describe how culture (beliefs, values, attitudes, biases, and experiences), equity, and environment shape relationships and behaviors, and how they influence settings and communities in important and meaningful ways.
Module 9: IECMHC Across Settings
In Module 9 you will learn how the IECMHC model can be adapted to be delivered virtually to a teacher who has an in-person classroom. How the IECMHC model can be adapted to support virtual classrooms. Overview of how the IECMHC model is adapted across settings (e.g., schools, child care, home visiting, early intervention)
Overview of approach, structure ,and frequency of supervision for ongoing IECMHC work. Review of final steps to complete certification.
The learning outcomes include:
Identify the certificate program requirements and certification steps and specify shared definitions of terms used in the course
Identify what ICMHC is and how it is different from one-on-one therapy, describe the history of ICMHC and why it is needed
Identify the ICMHC frameworks and theories of change
Describe the current evidence base for ICMHC
Recognize areas of consultation focus at the child and programmatic levels
Recognize the important elements of implementation and program management and develop a plan for an early childhood setting.
Identify how infant and childhood mental health consultation can be adapted and delivered across multiple early childhood education settings (e.g. early care and education, home visiting, and early intervention.)
Identify supervision recommendations for ICMHC beyond what is required for clinical licensure and describe approaches to supervision utilized in ICMHC.