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In this issue:

  • Congratulations Lisa Spinas & Melissa Goldman, newest Humboldt County Endorsed IFECMH Practitioners
  • Leadership Meeting Schedule
  • Upcoming Training Events
  • Family Events
  • Important Links

FALL 2021

Lisa Spinas I have worked in the fields of social work and mental health for over 25 years—always with a focus on children and families. For the past two decades, I have worked for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as a child welfare social worker, supervisor, and in my current position as a children’s behavioral health therapist working with children 0-5. Through my work, I have seen what happens when early childhood trauma and intergenerational trauma go unaddressed. This has made me a strong and passionate believer in early intervention and the importance of supporting parents/caregivers with addressing their own experiences of trauma. I was lucky enough to be part of 0-8 Mental Health Collaborative’s (0 to 8 MHC) first cohort of the Humboldt Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health (IFECMH) Certificate Program. Prior to this, I had the desire to work with young children and their families but felt that I lacked the skills to do that work effectively. I am so appreciative of the educational and reflective practice supports provided through the certificate program. I’m also very appreciative of Children’s Behavioral Health for supporting my participation in the Humboldt IFECMH Certificate Program. I would not have been able to get state endorsement without it!
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Melissa Goldman I’m proud to have recently received my state of California Endorsement for Infant Family Early Childhood Transdisciplinary Mental Health Practitioner and an acceptance letter into the Infant/Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate program through Portland State University.
I currently work and volunteer at the Redwood Discovery Museum as their Family Resource Specialist. This job brings me so much joy. Truly. It's a children's museum. I give input on programs, distribute toys books, and family resources. The Redwood Discovery Museum is a small non-profit. I love finding ways to help where I can. I also work part-time for the Mariposas Project Inc. It is an early intervention company that serves children and their families in their natural environments as a Child Development Specialist. I feel honored that families allow me into their homes. It's an intimate setting. Watching young children overcome and reach their goals is truly gratifying. I love what I do.
I've been a resident of Humboldt County since I was a young child. I come from a very chaotic household, so I've lived through the struggle and believe in promoting community resiliency.
Through my own turbulent life experiences and education, I've developed the unique understanding of someone who knows the need for compassion and cultural diversity when working with local families.
I'm a child advocate and community helper. My passion is connecting people because it takes a village!
I strive to develop, support and promote programs that are inclusive, diverse, and trauma-responsive.

0 to 8 Mental Health Collaborative Leadership Team

All are welcome to join the upcoming virtual leadership team meetings! We will be meeting virtually on the second Monday of the month from 3:00 to 4:30. Please mark your calendar.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

  • Oct 11, 2021 03:00 PM
  • Nov 8, 2021 03:00 PM
  • Dec 13, 2021 03:00 PM
  • Jan 10, 2022 03:00 PM
  • Feb 14, 2022 03:00 PM
  • Mar 14, 2022 03:00 PM
  • Apr 11, 2022 03:00 PM
  • May 9, 2022 03:00 PM
  • Jun 13, 2022 03:00 PM


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Community Trainings
Registration will be available soon through the Humboldt County Office of Education Professional Development website: https://my.hcoe.net/

Make note of the below dates and topics and be on the look out for more info to come!

Questions? Email Beth Heavilin at bheavilin@hcoe.org
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The goal of the Napa Fellowship is supporting professionals in advancing their skills in relationship-oriented, trauma informed, and developmentally grounded therapies, and focusing therapeutic efforts on the infant-parent/child-parent relationship and other important relationships in the child’s life.

No travel required all sessions are virtual

January 2022 - April 2023
Tuition: $8,100
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Culturally Responsive Relationships Right From the Very Start

October 7, 2021 2:30 EST / 11:30 PST

$35 individual course / $120 all 4 courses

As we get to know families during outreach, recruitment, and enrollment, we have opportunities to learn about their cultures — and our own. Our cultures affect our beliefs, values, perspectives and decision-making. We need to know what is important to families and how that impacts what they want for their children and themselves. Understanding cultures is an important step toward building respectful relationships with families.

Nurturing Culturally Responsive Relationships

October 14, 2021 2:30 EST / 11:30 PST

$35 individual course / $120 all 4 courses

Building relationships that are culturally responsive is essential to engaging families. Understanding a family’s cultures takes curiosity, humility, a commitment and willingness to learn from our mistakes. Staff can use strengths-based strategies and reflective tools to communicate with families in ways that are culturally responsive and respectful.

Partnering with Families in Culturally Responsive Ways During Challenging Times

October 21, 2021 2:30 EST / 11:30 PST

$35 individual course / $120 all 4 courses

Culturally responsive relationships affirm all families’ strengths, cultures, and commitment to their child's learning and well-being. These relationships are especially important for families who are experiencing challenges to their well-being. When we are culturally responsive, families see our programs and community partners as a source of support. Staff can partner with parents in culturally respectful ways to address concerns related to housing, health, mental health, finances, or family and child safety.

Using Culturally Responsive Practices During Transitions

October 28, 2021 2:30 EST / 11:30 PST

$35 individual course / $120 all 4 courses

Each family experiences transitions in their own way. These transitions are shaped by their cultures, traditions, past, and expectations. Families may see transitions — to and from early childhood programs — as both an opportunity and a challenge. Through culturally responsive relationships, staff can strengthen child and family outcomes before, during, and after a child’s transition.

Equity Chat: Unpacking the Revised IECMHC Competencies

September 30, 2021 12:00 ET / 10:30 PT
*Future sessions will be shared following the initial session.


This Equity Chat series includes eight consecutive sessions that will delve deeper into the revised IECMHC Competencies to examine the IECMH consultant’s role in supporting equity in IECMHC. Each session will focus on a specific competency and provide examples of ways IECMH consultants can address issues of equity to disrupt bias and disparities, and improve child outcomes.


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6:00 - 7:00 PM
Get helpful tips on a variety of topics

Scan QR Code to Join!



5:30 - 6:30 pm
2379 Myrtle Ave - Eureka
A drive through event! Receive a free meal, activity and resource bag

Registration Required, call 707-444-8293 or 800-795-3554


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Supporting IFECMH Research

You are receiving this invitation as we are investigating clinicians’ opinions about equity issues within clinical supervision. We are particularly interested in understanding the complexity and experiences of professionals’ perspectives regarding diversity and cultural sensitivity in clinical practice and supervision.

Your feedback will be anonymous and voluntary, and all your answers will be kept completely confidential. We encourage you to forward the survey link below to other professionals. Thank you for taking your valuable time to complete this important survey.

Barbara Stroud, PhD

* Note: This survey is for all mental health professionals licensed or unlicensed. You do not need to be endorsed in reflective practice.



Additional LINKS

State, National, and International Resources on IFEMCH

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Connecting with Statewide Efforts around IFECMH:

Infant Development Association:https://www.idaofcal.org/In

California Association for Infant Mental Health: https://calaimh.org/

New newsletter California Department of Education, Social Emotional Learning Newsletter To subscribe to the SEL listserv if you are not already, send a "blank" message to join-sel-planning@mlist.cde.ca.gov. Also, follow us on Twitter. Our handle is @CDE_SEL.

Connecting with National Efforts around IFECMH:

Center of Excellence in Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: https://www.iecmhc.org/

Zero to Three: https://www.zerotothree.org/

Harvard, Center on the Developing Child: https://developingchild.harvard.edu/

National Association for the Education of Young Children: https://www.naeyc.org/

Infant Massage USA: https://www.infantmassageusa.org/

Brazelton Touchpoints Center: https://www.brazeltontouchpoints.org/

Connecting with International Efforts around IFECMH:

World Association of Infant Mental Health: https://waimh.org/

International Association of Infant Massage: https://www.iaim.net/
Sending out wishes of health to our Network!
We are currently short staffed, therefore, this newsletter does not contain all of the wonderful things that are happening with our 0 to 8 MHC partners.
Please feel free to email us submissions for future newsletters.
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