Masada Homes Supervisor, Anna Grauerholz was recently endorsed as an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health in Sacramento, California, thereby acknowledging that her professional preparation and experience meet the set of refined, evidence-based training guidelines and recommended competencies described in the California Compendium of Training Guidelines, Personnel Competencies, and Professional Endorsement Criteria for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health.
This important achievement recognizes the complexity of skills and knowledge needed to support the social and emotional development and well-being of infants and young children within the context of their early relationships, family, community, and culture.
Recent developments in neuroscience, infant mental health, and attachment, as well as in prenatal and perinatal psychology and health, show us that the optimal time to make positive interventions in human development is from the very beginning of life. Early mental health services promote school readiness by strengthening early relationships, family functioning, and a child’s emotional regulation and social competence.
The state-of-the-art preparation and training and the ensuing, rigorous portfolio review represented by the endorsement provide assurance to hiring agencies and families that they are working with a highly trained professional in this specialized field.
Additional information is available at www.cacenter-ecmh.org