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Feb 19-21, 2020 -- Mental Health in Head Start 2020: Aligning Services, Systems and Supports (EVENT is FULL--Wait List is OPEN)

  • Date: Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
  • Time: 8:30am
  • Location: Drury Plaza; Santa Fe, NM

This event is FULL. To be added to the Wait List in case a seat becomes available, use the "Register Online" link below and you will be given an option to be put on the Wait List.

View Brochure for details, agenda, and hotel information.           

Register online for the training event!

Standard Registration: $425
T/TAS@Your Service Subscribers: $405 - some restrictions apply 
1.525 CEUs (15.25 contact hours) from Western Kentucky University: $25

This information-packed, highly interactive session will help decision-makers and providers of Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant & Seasonal Head Start, American Indian & Alaskan Native, and Early Head Start Child Care Partnership programs operating center- and home-based programs as well as family child care, discuss and develop enhanced strategies for meeting and exceeding the Head Start Performance Standards relating to mental health. At the end of this three-day event, participants will have a deeper understanding of: meeting revised mental health requirements and answering federal monitoring questions regarding staff wellness; creating a program-wide culture of mental health; appreciating the uniqueness of every child, family, and staff member to help them feel like they belong; and, more importantly, making your program a peaceful place to work!

This institute will explore providing top-notch mental health services, systems, and supports in our time- and resource-crunched Head Start and child care world. We will target the critical role and comprehensive mental-wellness vision of administrators, families, program managers, family advocates, mental health consultants, and education staff. We will also highlight an integrated approach to mental health regarding child screening, assessment, observation, curriculum choice and family education.

Updates in comprehensive early childhood mental health, including infant and pre- and postnatal mental health, will be explored, from the threat of possible substance abuse and domestic violence to medicating (and sometimes over-medicating) for mood enhancement. Everyday strategies for preventing challenging behaviors and diffusing crisis situations with an emphasis on family partnership, infant mental health, trauma-informed care, early intervention, and cultural humility considerations will be stressed.

Engaging in a personal “My Program’s Mental Wellness Self-Assessment Process Activity” will result in each participant leaving a the end of the training with a written “3-Point Plan” for enhancing program quality in mental health. Each participant will also walk away motivated to put their personal program plans into action!

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Better understand the mental health and wellness requirements outlined in the Head Start Performance Standards and new federal monitoring process;

  • Have practiced skills to help children and teachers feel like they belong in the agency’s setting, including infant mental health, preventing compassion burnout, trauma-informed care strategies, and designing an inclusive culture of staff wellness and health;

  • Be able to describe and discuss the critical role of the program’s mental health professional, as well as the critical role of timely, accurate communication and data management considerations for mental health services;

  • Walk away with knowledge of how to better prevent and intervene when stress, depression, challenging, or crisis situations erupt among children, staff, and families – including enrolled expectant families; and

  • Have developed a “3-Part Next-Steps Plan” for enhancing the quality of their program’s mental health infrastructure for children, staff, and families.


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