Workforce Development

Connecting Communities: Support for MA Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Workforce

The Need for a Diverse, Trained, and Supported Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Workforce

The MA Kids Count 2022 calls for expanded efforts to drive equity in behavioral health supports for children, including IECMH support. The MSPCC and MassAIMH partnership strives to play a prominent role in preparing IECMH professionals for this work. A robust, diverse, well-trained, and interdisciplinary workforce is central to ensuring that all children in the Commonwealth have equitable access to infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) supports and services that can help to not only mitigate negative impacts of adverse childhood experiences but also support thriving early relational health and wellness of our youngest and their families in the state. The current IECMH workforce must be expanded and relationally supported to meet this need. The MSPCC and MassAIMH partnership also works closely with state partners in the Commonwealth to create equitable access to trainings in relationship-based care.  

MSPCC’s IECMH work focuses on workforce development efforts impacting policy and practice.

MSPCC offers statewide Reflective Consultation groups for professionals representing diverse scopes of service in the infant and early childhood field. This offering is in service of our ongoing commitment to diversify and strengthen the early childhood workforce by creating equitable access to reflective consultation.

The goal of the reflective consultation offering is two fold:

  1. To support reflective consultation requirements towards MassAIMH Endorsement® requirements for applicants who have little to no access to reflective consultation, and
  2. To support the needs of the workforce and build the capacity of Reflective Supervisors in the field
What is Connecting Communities Support for the MA Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Workforce grant?

Connecting Communities is an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health workforce development grant (2023-2025) supporting IECMH providers in MA. The grant is funded by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services for Strengthening Home and Community-Based Services and Behavioral Health Services. 

Connecting Communities aims to :

  • Strengthen IECMH capacity across the five Dpt of Mental Health regions in MA
  • Particular focus on increasing the diversity of infant and early childhood and family-serving professionals across the state including Community Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI), home visiting, etc.
  • Create pathways to seek MassAIMH Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health® (IMH-E®/ECMH-E®) for the workforce

MSPCC and MassAIMH partnership will provide these supports, which will help prepare 500 IECMH professionals across Massachusetts with the opportunity and access to the MassAIMH Endorsement® credential by Spring 2025.

Training partners collaborating in this grant include: Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health (MassAIMH), Diversity Informed Tenets Reflective Supervision and the evaluation partners are Boston University. 

In efforts to consolidate and have a single point of access for statewide IECMH trainings offered at no cost to professionals, below is an MA IECMH statewide training calendar inclusive of trainings from the Connecting Communities grant and other IECMH state-funded training.

Sign up for a training below. To learn about the trainings offered, toggle the month and click on the specific training to learn more. Trainings for 2024-2025 will start again in September 2024.




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