Beginning at the Beginning: The Foundational Elements of Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation – Part II

TTAC was pleased to host an informative 3- part webinar series titled Beginning at the Beginning: Mental Health Consultation in Infant & Toddler Care presented by Kadija Johnston, LCSW. The webinar series highlighted that Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC) recognizes the centrality of the provider- child relationship. ECMHC is aimed at supporting, or when need be enhancing, relational health between children and those who care for them, as well as among adults in early care and education settings and systems.

Part 2 Description: 
Having articulated the theoretical premises and foundational essentials of ECMH Consultation in the initial webinar, the second in the series explored the centrality of the ECMH Consultant – consultee relationship in building provider capacity and evincing better outcomes for children. Specifically the presentation will focus on the Consultative Stance. The compilation of essential elements of clinical comportment, developed by Kadija Johnston and Charles Brinamen, was shown to promote effectiveness and sustain ECMH Consultants in their work. Following an overview of the ten elements comprising the Consultative Stance, we focused on those components that correlate most closely with enhanced provider capacity and explore practical ways of incorporating these elements in the practice of consultation.


Webinar Resources:

Presentation Slides

Webinar Recording


About the Presenter

Kadija Johnston L.C.S.W is the Director of the Infant-Parent Program (IPP), in the Division of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. She has been a practitioner in the field of infant and early childhood mental health (I/ECMH) since 1985. She developed the Infant-Parent Program’s Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Consultation component in 1988, which now serves as a model for other organizations, locally, nationally and internationally. She has provided TA and training in I/ECMH Consultation to organizations in 23 states and internationally. She serves as an expert advisor for the SAMHSA supported Center of Excellence in ECMH Consultation and is a founding member of RAINE, a group of national experts advancing practice, policy and research in ECMH Consultation.

Ms. Johnston writes and lectures nationally on infant and early childhood mental health consultation. In addition to numerous articles on the subject, she co-authored Mental Health Consultation in Child Care: Transforming Relationships With Directors, Staff, and Families with Dr. Charles Brinamen, for which they were awarded the Irving B. Harris Award for contributions to early childhood scholarship.   Ms. Johnston also trains in the areas of perinatal, infant and early childhood mental health service modalities; reflective supervision, mental health systems integration and mental health service disparities for underserved children and families.