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ERIC Number: ED536702
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 108
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Management Strategies for Positive Mental Health Outcomes: What Early Childhood Administrators Need to Know
Green, Beth; Everhart, Maria C.; Gordon, Lynwood; Friesen, Barbara
Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health
The focus of this training is on understanding ways to design and implement an overall mental health strategy in your program. The authors are not going to talk about specific intervention strategies, such as how to deal with challenging behavior in the classroom, or how to identify and screen children with possible mental health issues. Instead, they are going to talk about how to structure and manage your program's mental health component, focusing on how to work with mental health professionals or consultants, how to maximize resources, and how to infuse your program with a "mental health perspective" that permeates all aspects of program services. In the process, the authors expect that participants will learn about four major topics: (1) Principles and values of "best practices" for children's mental health; (2) You will learn about what their research has shown to be most important in creating effective relationships with mental health professionals in the early childhood program context--who should your consultant be? What kinds of expertise are needed? What activities should the consultant perform? How should you structure the ways that consultants or other professionals work with staff and parents?; (3) You'll learn about the role of staff wellness and how you can best support staff to do their best work to support children's well-being; and (4) Finally, you'll learn about your particular role as program leaders in helping to shape and improve the quality of mental health services in your program--how to build a vision focused on mental health, and the importance of advocacy and leadership support.
Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health. 1600 SW Fourth Avenue Suite 900, Portland, OR 97201. Tel: 503-725-4175; Fax: 503-725-4180; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: Portland State University, Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health