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Using Mental Health Consultations to Support SEL in Early Childhood

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Join BPC, Dr. Walter Gilliam, Director of Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, and Dr. Chin Reyes, Associate Research Scientist with the Yale University Child Study Center, for a discussion of findings from their newest report, Addressing challenging behaviors in challenging environments: Findings from Ohio’s early childhood mental health consultation system.

Early childhood mental health consultations have become increasingly popular as an effective mechanism to reduce early childhood expulsions and suspensions. The new research from Dr. Gilliam and Dr. Reyes is only the second randomized control trial of early childhood mental health consultations and examines their effect on child behavioral issues, teacher’s classroom approaches, the likelihood of expulsion, and the classroom’s mental health climate.

Register and explore an innovative approach to managing challenging behaviors and supporting social emotional development in early childhood.

Panelists will also discuss:

  1. Accounts from parents and teachers describing their experiences managing difficult behaviors;
  2. The implications of the study’s findings for policy makers, state administrators, and child care providers; and
  3. How to interpret the study’s findings from the perspective of a mental health consultant.

View the slide deck.

Featured Participants:

Walter Gilliam, Ph.D.
Director, Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, Yale University

Chin Reyes, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Child Study Center, Yale University

Tunette Powell, Ph.D.
Director of Equity, Inclusion and Community, Mirman School; Parent

Neelam Saini
Center Director, Kidango Inc.

Tena Sloan
Vice President, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and Training, Kidango Inc.

Read their full bios.

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