Unpacking Coaching Webinar
All Hands on Deck: Defining the Role of Mental Health Consultation and Supports Within the Coaching Context

Unpacking Coahcing Webinar Series

April 1, 2020
3:00pm ET
Duration: 53 Minutes



Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) is emerging as an evidence-based intervention for supporting young children’s social and emotional development and addressing challenging behaviors. IECMHC aims to improve the ability of staff, families, programs, and systems to prevent, identify, treat and reduce the impact of mental health problems among children from birth to age 6 and their families. IECMHC occurs within the context of a collaborative relationship between a consultant with mental health expertise and early care and education provider, and/or a family member (Cohen & Kaufmann, 2000). In this webinar, we explain the relationship and role between IECMH consultants and Pyramid Model coaches. We also discuss how coaches can identify when they might need the support of a mental health consultant, and how to locate resources when the staff, families, or children they are working with require access to mental health supports.

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Mary Louise Hemmeter

Mary Louise Hemmeter, Vanderbilt University

Mary Louise Hemmeter, PhD, is a professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on effective instruction, social emotional development and challenging behavior, and coaching teachers. She has been a PI or Co-PI on numerous projects funded by the US Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. Through her work on the National Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning and IES funded research projects, she was involved in the development of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Young Children and a model for coaching teachers to implement effective practices. She is currently the PI on an IES funded development project around program wide supports for implementing the Pyramid Model and a Co-PI on an IES efficacy study examining approaches to supporting teachers to implement embedded instruction. She was co-editor of the Journal of Early Intervention and President of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Early Childhood. She received the Mary McEvoy Service to the Field Award.

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.

Ellie Martin

Ellie Martin, LCSW, Routefinder Consulting, PLLC

Ellie Martin, LCSW is principal of Routefinder Consulting, PLLC, a small firm focused on cultivating leadership and resilience within individuals and organizations. Through her role as an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, she partners with early childhood professionals, families, and children to navigate the challenges together and uncover solutions, all while holding onto the hope needed to carry us through the process. Her trauma-informed approach is rooted in the importance of how healthy relationships are critical for our healing.