A community-based training program has been developed for practitioners serving the birth to five year old population.
The program provides basic IFECMH training for 320 practitioners from six to seven large public agencies and several smaller non-profit organizations in the CVRC six-county catchment area (Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare counties). These trainings are directly responsive to the professional development needs of participating agencies, and also serve to move attendees closer to meeting state-level endorsement in IFECMH, if desired.
An Interagency IFECMH Training Council representing the six counties and the various participating agencies has been established to design and support the trainings. Curriculum for the trainings is based on the IFECMH Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies developed by the California Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Workgroup in 2009.
The CCCI worked with the Training Council, a subgroup of the Steering Committee, to conduct a multi-county, multi-agency training survey to determine priority training needs in IFMH among participating agencies. They assisted in designing the training for 320 providers in the core principles of infant-family and early childhood mental health to include recruiting, training participants, and developing the syllabus. The Training Council also coordinated with the CCCI the scheduling and formatting of the training sessions. This smaller body of 10 -15 individuals is comprised of top administrators from the six counties whose agencies are the focus of the proposed training project: Central Valley Regional Center, Fresno County Department of Social Services, Kings and Merced County Offices of Education, Tulare and Fresno County Children's Services Networks, and multiple County Department of Behavioral Health, local public health departments, etc.
The IFECMH Training Council is comprised of the individuals listed below:
- Monica Adrian - Merced County Office of Ed.
- Sue Ammen - Alliant International University
- Kabeljit Atwal - CSU, Fresno
- Kristine Aubry - Children's Hospital of Central CA
- Heidi Barbis - Fresno Unified School District
- Debby Estes - Madera County Dept. of Behavioral Health
- Art Galindo - Madera County Dept. of Behavioral Health
- Margaret Morris - Fresno County Dept. of Public Health
- Jacqui Durtsche-Cavallero - Fresno County Dept. of Behavioral Health
- Tricia Gonzalez - Fresno County Dept. of Social Services
- Kristy Gose - Fresno City College
- Biana Grogg - Madera County Public Health Dept.
- Rachel Hagans - Central Valley Regional Center
- Natalie Harlan - Kings County Office of Ed.
- Daryl Hitchcock - Exceptional Parents Unlimited
- Sharon Jones - Merced County Mental Health Dept.
- Freda Kaprielian - Kings Canyon Unified School District
- Marion Karian - Exceptional Parents Unlimited
- Cheryl Lennon-Armas - Tulare Youth Services Bureau
- Martha Moore - Private Practice
- Robert Riddick - Central Valley Regional Center
- Stacey Roduner - Merced College
- Kathleen Shivaprasad - Fresno County EOC
- Tony Yamamoto - Children's Hospital of Central California
At each of the training sessions (approximately eight per year), small reflective practice learning pods have been created involving up to eight participants each. These pods meet for two hours between monthly sessions. The pods are configured to represent varied disciplines and agencies. The learning pods are facilitated by members of the First 5 Fresno County Reflective Practice Mentor Group. Upon completion of each training session provided as part of this project, participants receive a certificate that details the training domain and competency that has been met by the training. An endorsement database is housed at the CCCI to track the participation of up to 50 individuals seeking endorsement. Database information is provided to trainees upon request, and is helpful in preparing their portfolios for submission to WestEd's Center for Prevention and Early Intervention (CPEI). In this way, the project not only provides professional development for early intervention, mental health, early care and education and other providers in mastering the foundations of infant mental health; for those so desiring, assistance in becoming endorsed is also provided.
For more information about the project, please contact Dr. Cassandra Joubert at email@example.com.