ERIC Number: EJ938236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
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Are You Ready for an Infant Mental Health Consultant?
Johnson, Blair; Tittnich, Emie
Zero to Three (J), v24 n6 p39-46 Jul 2004
There are four common stages in the consultative journey: (1) preparing for the relationship; (2) making the most of the experience; (3) committing to change; and (4) acknowledging separations, endings, and good-byes. Two Early Head Start program leaders recount their own experiences of these stages while working with infant mental health consultants during the EHS Pathways to Prevention (PTP) initiative. The authors describe the crucial logistical and conceptual commitments an organization must make to prepare for successful work with a consultant and emphasize the importance of reflective practice in infant-family programs. They identify eight steps that are important for consultants and staff to take during the consultation to make the most of the consultation experience.
Descriptors: Consultants, Disadvantaged Youth, Family Programs, Mental Health, Infants, Early Intervention, Young Children, Reflection
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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