Professor Jon Korfmacher presented the findings of a new policy paper from ZERO TO THREE and Erikson Institute called Infant, Toddler, and Early Childhood Mental Health Competencies: A Comparison of Systems [PDF, 45pg].During a webinar hosted by the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center, Korfmacher, along with representatives from Michigan and California, discussed their work to develop competencies and state-level competency systems.
Mental health competencies: State standards/national vision
As interest increases in addressing the mental health needs of the youngest children, so has concern about supporting the development of the multidisciplinary providers who work with these children and their families.
Although no one professional guild has taken the lead in establishing standards for providers who work with young children around social-emotional development or mental health challenges, a variety of state efforts are attempting to identify competencies in effective promotion, prevention, and treatment strategies with infants, toddlers, young children, and their families.
ZERO TO THREE is launching a conversation on the need to develop a set of national competencies, and the policy paper will serve as an important source of information for this conversation.