Authors and Alliance/League collaborators, Lynn E. Priddis, Rochelle Matacz & Deborah Weatherston, describe findings conducted in Western Australia that investigated the education and training needs of the Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health workforce and resulted in the licensing of the MI-AIMH Competency Guidelines® and membership in the League/Alliance. The article appears in the Infant Mental Health Journal, Vol. 36(6), pp. 623-631 (2015).
“Building a Workforce Competency-Based Training Program in Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health”
ABSTRACT: This article describes ﬁndings from a project conducted in Western Australia (Mental Health Commission WA, 2015) that investigated the education and training needs of the Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health (I/ECMH) workforce. We examined international training programs and models of delivery in infant mental health, including a review of the current training available in Australia. Data collected from over 60 interviews were analyzed, and a staged delivery model for I/ECMH training and supervision that aligned with the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (2014) Competency Guidelines was recommended. These ﬁndings led to the purchase of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (2014) for use in Western Australia. In a very short time, use of the Michigan Competency Framework by the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health West Australian Branch Incorporated has begun to change the training and education opportunities for upskilling the infant and early childhood workforce in Western Australia. It has resulted in a map to guide and develop training in the I/ECMH ﬁeld for individual practitioners and professionals as well as for workplaces that will ultimately beneﬁt Western Australian infants, young children, and their families during the perinatal period and in the early years.
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