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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC)


Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) is a prevention-based service that pairs a mental health consultant with families and adults to help improve child rearing.

"Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) mirrors the traditional way of child-rearing, with the child at the center of a circle of family, extended family, early care providers and/or home visitors, and an IECMH consultant. IECMH consultants bring specialized training in understanding the behavioral language of young children, and contribute their knowledge of child development to the discussion."

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  • Child
  • Family
  • Child temperament or behavior
  • Parental temperament
  • Attachment to parent(s)
  • Family cohesion
  • Involvement in positive activities
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Parental resilience
  • Positive social connection and support
  • Relational skills
  • Social and emotional competence
  • Community food/good nutrition
  • Cultural identity/sense of belonging to cultural group
  • Cultural teachings
  • Ethnic pride/self-esteem
  • Expressing Native identity
  • Family commitment, safe and healthy relationships
  • Happiness
  • Support (family, friends, community)/interdependence
  • Traditional foods/subsistence
  • Resource
  • Setting