In partnership with the State of Alaska’s Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems and the Office of Children’s Services, the Alaska Child Trauma Center is offering an organizational early childhood mental health training and technical assistance program, the Alaska Early Childhood Mental Health Training and Consultation Project. Organizations that are committed to developing early childhood mental health services can apply to receive on-site training and ongoing consultation. This training and consultation is for the purpose of developing and/or expanding mental health services to young children. There is no charge for participation. The State of Alaska is supporting this to increase access to mental health services for young children and their families. Eligible applicants are organizations that are grantees of the State of Alaska’s Division of Behavioral Health who provide behavioral health treatment services.
Two applicant organizations will be selected to receive this training and consultation. This project will take approximately six months and will include the following.
The Alaska Child Trauma Center will provide:
1. Four hours of pre-training consultation to project leaders. This consultation will focus on project goals and pre-training planning and organization needs assessment.
2. A half day of training on early childhood mental health.
3. A two-day training in clinical intervention with young children using the ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency, Blaustein and Kinniburgh 2010) framework.
4. Eight hours of post-training consultation and technical assistance to support implementation and fidelity of the ARC treatment framework and to address systemic challenges in serving young children.
The Participating Organization will:
1. Identify project leaders for implementation and coordination of the project. At least one project lead should be an administrator or supervisor with decision making authority.
2. Work with the project team to identify barriers and develop strategies to overcome barriers to implementation of early childhood mental health services.
3. Coordinate all logistics for training including, obtaining a venue, and coordinating audio/visual needs. Provide for personnel time to attend needed trainings and ongoing consultation.
4. Collaborate with the project evaluation team to collect data demonstrating the effectiveness of the project.
The collaboration must be completed prior to June 30, 2017. Please note, this opportunity is available to organizations, not individual providers, and only letters of interest from organizations will be considered.
For more information about this training opportunity and to complete an online application, please refer to the form below. WARNING: The applications might “time-Out”. Please consider drafting your answers on a word document and then pasting them into the form to avoid unnecessary tech-related headaches.
You will know if your form was successfully submitted if you receive no error messages.
The deadline for applications is October 28, 2016. Applicants will be notified by November 17th about who has been accepted into the program.
You may also contact Kristin Mortenson, LPC for additional information, firstname.lastname@example.org