A Training Guide for the Early Childhood Services Community

Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioral Disorders

About the Course:

This course provides the framework for training early childhood services providers in the promotion of mental health and prevention of mental and behavioral disorders in young children. The materials presented provide the mental health consultant with the training tools needed to inform and guide program planning within the context of early childhood services. The ultimate objectives of the course are to broaden the discussion on mental health consultation and to help integrate mental health consultation into early childhood services.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Publication Date:



Hepburn, Kathy S.; Kaufmann, Roxane K.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, early childhood program personnel, and nurses who seek knowledge about training early childhood service providers in mental health promotion and mental disorder prevention. It is appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the major themes and expected outcomes regarding the materials presented.

  2. Recognize the value of mental health consultation and describe the value it brings to early childhood services delivery.

  3. Explain what makes for an effective mental health consultant.

  4. Describe the principles and explain the importance of an effective collaborative relationship.

  5. Understand the challenges of creating an effective consultative service and the strategies used to develop effective programs.

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