WHAT is Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC)?
Consultation is a collaborative, relationship-based intervention to support and build the capacity of the adults, such as educators, social workers, coaches and technical assistants. Infant and early childhood mental health consultation is not about “fixing kids,” nor is it therapy. IECMHC prepares adults to help healthy social and emotional development in infants and young children. Consultation services aim to promote awareness of social and emotional development, prevent mental health crises, and treat challenging behaviors.
An infant and early childhood mental health consultant is a mental health professional with specialized knowledge of social, emotional and relational development who:
Uses his or her training and knowledge to highlight the psychological experiences of young children, often translating the
unique ways children communicate their needs.
Forms supportive relationships with adults working with young children.
WHO Do Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants Serve?
This strength-based approach pairs a mental health consultant with adults who work with infant and young children, from birth to age five, in the settings they learn and grow such as early childhood education centers, preschools, early intervention programs or even at home. The consultant brings together a team with a common goal and helps them problem solve about concerns related to to a specific child, classroom or early childhood education program.
WHY is it Important to Address Social, Emotional and Relational Health in Infants
and Young Children?
HOW Can You Make a Referral or Obtain More Information?
Through the support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina Foundation and the Preschool Development Grant from South Carolina Department of Social Services, SCIMHA will provide consultation services FREE of charge.
Any parent or childcare agency can call (833) 472-4642 or start a referral online.
Click Here to begin the intake process.
For individual child cases, parents must consent to services prior to consultant’s involvement.
Tele-Mental Health Consultation Services: