Within the Framework Webinar
All Hands on Deck: Integrating Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and the Pyramid Model

Unpacking Coaching Webinar Series

October 7, 2019
Duration: 1 hour



Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) is an evidence-based approach that pairs mental health professionals with people who work with young children and their families. Professionals who provide IECMHC can be critical partners in the implementation of the Pyramid Model. Join this webinar panel discussion to learn about two different IECMHC models and how each model incorporates the Pyramid Model in their work. The webinar panelists discuss the relationship between mental health consultation and the Pyramid Model highlighting how these distinct approaches align and supplement one another.

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Amy Hunter

Amy Hunter, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development

Amy Hunter, MSW, LICSW is an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development.  Currently, Amy oversees the mental health section of the Head Start National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness.  Amy is also faculty on the SAMSHA funded National Center of Excellence on Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation. Previously, Amy served in many positions at ZERO TO THREE including as the Director of Program Operations for the Early Head Start National Resource Center and the Project Director for the Infant Toddler Center on the Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL) project.  For twenty years Amy has been involved in early childhood mental health including providing training and technical assistance on early childhood mental health consultation to individuals and groups around the country.

Sandy Avzaradel

Sandy Avzaradel, Early Childhood Mental Health & Wellness Program

Sandy Avzaradel, MS Ed is the Program Manager for the Early Childhood Mental Health and Wellness Program where a county-wide effort is being initiated by the Early Childhood Mental Health Collaborative to work alongside preschool professionals to support early childhood social and emotional development and effectively work with children with challenging behaviors and/or mental health concerns. Sandy is also the Project Director for Early Childhood OC, an organization which promotes the Early Childhood Policy Framework, champions an increase in funding to early childhood and supports initiatives which cultivate resilient families, ensure quality early learning and promote comprehensive health and development. In addition, Sandy is a part-time adjunct faculty member at California State University, Fullerton in the Child and Adolescent Studies Department. Sandy has provided numerous local, state and national presentations with a focus on social/emotional development, mental health and challenging behavior, school readiness, child development, special education, and Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) for early childhood. Sandy enjoys volunteering as a Board Member for Families Forward and Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children as well as spending time with her husband, two young adult boys, and her dogs!

Tori Sproles

Tori Sproles, Child Care Connections

Tori Sproles has worked as a Professional Development Coordinator at the local Child Care Resource and Referral agency, for the past seven and a half years. During this time Tori has organized and presented many professional development opportunities and provided technical assistance to support local child care programs. She has contributed to many collaborative efforts to increase the availability, affordability and quality of child care at the community and state level. For the past two years Tori has been an instrumental part of the Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation pilot in Montana through project LAUNCH. Tori holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Child Services through Montana State University and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood with an emphasis in administration through Champlain College.