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Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Competencies for NH. Why?. Establishes a common ground for Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Competency at different levels across a multiple disciplines. Uses:. Self evaluation Guides professional development Evaluate and develop curricula

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Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Competencies for NH


Why?

  • Establishes a common ground for Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Competency at different levels across a multiple disciplines


Uses:

  • Self evaluation

  • Guides professional development

  • Evaluate and develop curricula

  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of a training/educational program/experience

  • Tool for people hiring staff

  • A tool to support supervision and mentoring

  • Tool for families wanting to assure competence in their providers


Work group includes representatives from:

  • Child Development Bureau

  • 2 and 4 year educational programs (NHTI, PSU, UNH)

  • Community Mental Health

  • Early Supports and Services

  • Child Development Bureau

  • Department of Education

  • Division of Children Youth and Families

  • Private Practice Therapists

  • Early Childhood Mental Health Specialists


Process:

  • The group defined use of competencies and guiding principals

  • Carefully evaluated the relative strengths and weaknesses of the 5 most widely accepted competency standards:

  • Michigan

  • Connecticut

  • California

  • Wisconsin

  • Vermont


Why Vermont?

  • Levels are not tied to a field or degree

  • Translates well between fields

  • Flexible-

  • Addresses all relevant fields

  • Equal attention to child and familycompetencies


Why Vermont cont….

  • Addresses professionalism/ethics

  • Emphasizes reflective practice

  • Recognizes and respects cultural differences

  • Systems perspective

  • Ecological perspective

  • Well organized

  • Can easily be adapted for multiple uses


The Vermont ECFMH Competency System


The Vermont ECFMHC System

Domains:

  • Philosophy and Professional Orientation

  • Family System

  • Child Development

  • Assessment

  • Addressing Challenges

  • Systems Resources


The Vermont System Cont.

Four levels:

  • Foundation

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • Specialist


NH recommended modifications

  • More emphasis of reflective practice

  • Screening and Assessment

  • Philosophy, Professionalism and Ethics includes supporting the field

  • Community resources


Where are we now:

  • Drafting changes

  • Producing tools

  • Promoting


Next steps (little and big):

  • Disseminating and Promoting tools

    • Web site, forums, presentations, printing

  • Partnering with Behavioral Health re: Mental Health Competency development

  • Partnering with Early Childhood Competency revisions

  • Partnering with Vermont

  • other potential partners?


And….

  • Seeking funding to support the exploration of the of developing a credentialing system

  • Make recommendations regarding a proposed system of credentialing, maintenance and management


Many thanks to:

  • Family Centered Early Supports and Services for supporting the NHAIMH and the funding this work group through Federal Economic Stimulus Funds

  • and the dedicated, talented and hard working individuals participating in the work group:


Thank-you!!!

  • Sandy Brallier- coordinator

  • Patty Ewen- Department of Education

  • Helen Fitzgerald- Family therapist, NHAIMH Board Member

  • Gale Hall, New Hampshire Technical Institute- E. Ch. Ed.

  • Kerry Kazura, UNH- Family Studies

  • Gail Mears - Plymouth State University

  • Pat Cantor- Plymouth State University

  • Eileen Mullin-DCYF

  • Ellyn Schreiber- Early Supports and Services- NHAIMH Board Member

  • Jackie Sparks- Child Care, Early Supports and Services

  • Anne Tenney, Community Mental Health

  • Karen Welford, PSU, Early Supports and Services, facilitator

  • Ellen Wheatley, Child Development Bureau


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