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Understanding Early Childhood Mental Health A Practical Guide for Professionals

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ISBN-10: 1598570757

ISBN-13: 9781598570755

Edition: 2011

Authors: Susan J. Summers, Rachel Chazan-Cohen, Hiram Fitzgerald

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Integrating infant mental health services into early education programs leads to better child outcomes and stronger parent-child relationships-the big question is how to do it appropriately and effectively. Clear answers are in this accessible textbook, created to prepare early childhood professionals and programs to weave best practices in mental health into their everyday work. Ideal for preservice university courses, in-service professional development, and program administrators, this introductory text combines the authoritative guidance of more than a dozen respected mental health and early childhood experts. Professionals will get a primer on infant mental health, strengthening their knowledge of key issues such as screening and assessment, attachment, emotional dysregulation and aggression, risk and resilience, maternal depression, and children's exposure to trauma. Then they'll get practical, research-based guidance they can use to recognize indicators of mental health problems in very young children, including emotional dysregulation and behavioral and developmental changes promote parents' and caregivers' mental health through direct and indirect supports, including regular mental health screening, community partnerships with mental health providers, and parent education build on child and family strengths and mitigate risk factors such as poverty and violence strengthen parent-child relationships and interactions through play and effective caregiving routines maintain their own mental health, building positive relationships with co-workers and reducing the effects of compassion fatigue and secondary stress participate in reflective supervision to sharpen their ability to think critically and solve problems conduct sound program evaluation that includes the input of families, staff, and the surrounding culture and community work effectively with outside mental health consultants when child and family needs extend
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Book details

List price: $69.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Brookes Publishing
Publication date: 12/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Loretta Ekoniak, a grandchild of Slovak immigrants, grew up in Youngstown, Ohio. She is president of the American Slovak Cultural Association of the Mahoning Valley and is deeply involved in keeping the Slovak heritage alive. Susan Summers grew up in Campbell, Ohio. Her work at the Youngstown Arms Museum and the Campbell Historic Society fueled interest in her Slovak heritage and influenced her decision to help maintain these Slovak memories.

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Partnerships and Pragmatics: Editor's Introduction
Understanding Infant Mental Health: Development and Relationships
Understanding Infant Mental Health
The Challenging Child: Emotional Dysregulation and Aggression
Maternal Depression
Finding Family Strengths in the Midst of Adversity: Using Risk and Resilience Models to Promote Mental Health
Exposure to Direct and Indirect Trauma
Assessing Young Children's Social and Emotional Development
Assessing Primary Caregiver Relationships
Supporting Infant Mental Health: Intervention Strategies and Organizational Supports
Promoting Infant Mental Health in Early Childhood Programs: Intervening with Parent-Child Dyads
Intervening with Parents
Infant Mental Health Consultation in Early Childhood Classrooms
Reflective Supervision
Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Staff
Organizational Readiness
Evaluating Infant Mental Health Programs