WHAT WORKS? A Series on Effective Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation. Preparing and Supporting the Workforce, Part 2 Training and Supervision of ECMH Consultants June 30, 2010 Deborah Hirschland , MSW Together for Kids – Worcester, MA.
Preparing and Supporting the Workforce, Part 2
Training and Supervision of ECMH Consultants
June 30, 2010
Deborah Hirschland, MSW
Together for Kids – Worcester, MA.
A friendly overture, some impassioned conversation, and the start of a training initiative
A mix of participants…
Given the complexity of the work and the wide ranging knowledge base on which it relies, how could we balance a focus on:
Spacious conversation about the work as it “lives and breathes” on the ground
Dissemination and exploration of relevant resources
HOW MUCH READING WOULD
AT WHAT LEVEL SHOULD
MATERIAL BE PRESENTED?
WHAT WOULD BE THE OPTIMAL SIZE SESSIONS?
FOR THE GROUP?
HOW WOULD WE THINK ABOUT THE CONTEXT IN WHICH THE SEMINAR WOULD BE TAKING PLACE?
With a steady mix of conversation, didactic content, discussion of readings and observational assignments, case presentations and discussions, experiential exercises and more…
SEMINAR CONTENT AND PROGRESSION SESSIONS?
A Core Framework
That we bring all of ourselves to our work – and all have work to do on ourselves!
A joint focus on development and relationships as the initial “hub” of our explorations
As we progress through our multi-layered explorations, an ongoing look at how we “co-create meaning”* with our partners in care as we ask:
*With credit and appreciation to Kadija Johnston and Charles Brinamen for a phrase so many of us now use.
The instructor’s role
The learning environment includes:
Sharing what one doesn’t know and has to offer
Identifying what one wants to learn
Absence of intimidation
MOVING FORWARD questions…
Building capacity in the work force, not just of early childhood consultants, but of practitioners who can teach this kind of content - a model from TFK…
Template for discussion and creating action plans in child-focused team meetings
Several in-class exercises
Set of observational/ journaling assignments and required readings
Additional handouts distributed over the course of the seminar