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Child Care Center Mental Health Consultation

What Do We Mean By Mental Health Consultation?

Mental health consultation is an innovative approach to supporting the healthy development of young children. The duties of the Mental Health Consultant are tailored to meet the needs of the child care center staff, including assisting caregivers in promoting healthy development, helping teachers and directors establish linkages with other agencies as well as referral sources for children with special needs, and providing proactive coaching for center personnel on techniques designed to prevent the development of problematic behavior. An important part of mental health consultation involves education and training of child care professionals in the knowledge and application of developmentally appropriate practices in classroom settings.

Why Is Having A Mental Health Consultant Important?

A Mental Health Consultant is critical because preschool children who develop appropriate social and emotional skills are more likely to be prepared for elementary school and to succeed throughout the school years. Furthermore, child care centers that have incorporated mental health consultants into their programs have found a decrease in staff turnover rates, a decrease in reports of staff stress and feelings of burnout, and an increase in job satisfaction.

Find Out More.

If you are interested in learning more about the mental health consultation program, or how you can have a Mental Health Consultant work with your center, please send an e-mail by clicking here, or call Marylynn Gagnon at (504) 988-7387.

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