Practitioners Training

Behavioral Health Practitioners Training provides healthcare, childcare and social work professionals comprehensive training and practical learning experiences in early identification and treatment of behavioral health issues affecting infants and toddlers.

Program Overview and Goals

The Behavioral Health Pracitioners Training is a community-based training program for health, mental health, early intervention, social services, and educational professionals to support the developmental and behavioral clinical care of infants, toddlers, and their families.  The goals for the program are to:

Build workforce capacity by providing sufficient clinical supervision in the assessment and care of developmental and behavioral health needs of infants, toddlers, and their families, and

Provide training experiences that emphasize an understanding of child development as adaptive (as opposed to pathological) and that promote learning of assessment, communication, and intervention clinical skills.

The program consists of a series of lectures, discussion, guided observations, and individual mentorship to trainees for a period of nine months. It is structured as a two-part program with basic knowledge and observational skills developed during the first semester that are applied to work-related challenges during the second semester. The application component of the program includes a practicum on communication skills.