SCSC Train the Trainer Series

SCSC Train the Trainer Series

Promoting Infant and Toddler Resiliency through Trauma-Informed Practice   

In 2013, the System Change for Successful Children project provided two separate 4-part training series on infant and early childhood mental health, one for early educators and one for child welfare staff (DCF in Massachusetts).  Using a train-the-trainer model, each series offered materials, activities and strategies that a supervisor, administrator or outside trainer could use to train staff and/or colleagues.

This 2013 train-the-trainer series for early childhood educators includes video of four 2-hour sessions (edited videos are shorter), each structured around an interactive PowerPoint presentation. Large and small group discussions, vignettes and case sharing, video clips and handouts supplement the PowerPoint for each session. The series was designed to be used by administrators or supervisors to train staff, but is also appropriate for self-guided learning.

A parallel series was developed for child welfare professionals; and a separate final cross-training session provides a structure to bring early childhood and child welfare staff together to build relationships and increase mutual understanding, with a goal of improved collaboration between the child welfare and early childhood systems.

Although the two training series are based on a train-the-trainer model, they are also appropriate for self-guided learning by individuals. The cross-training session can be offered as a stand-alone session, or to supplement earlier training sessions.

Click the following links to view videos and resources for each series. A summary of the series content is provided below.

Session Titles

  1. What is Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health?
  2. Brain Development and the Impact of Trauma
  3. Attachment and the Impact of Trauma
  4. Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Best Practices: Effective Collaboration and Supporting Resiliency

Training Content

  • Promotes understanding of infant and toddler mental health and provides resources to train early childhood educators in trauma-informed practice that supports the social-emotional development of infants and toddlers
  • Explains typical social-emotional development of infants and toddlers and how to recognize common areas of concern
  • Provides an overview of early brain development and the effects of trauma and toxic stress on the developing brain
  • Teaches participants how to recognize healthy attachment and understand the impact of attachment disorders
  • Explores effective interventions by early educators that can minimize the adverse effects of trauma and toxic stress and promote resiliency in infants, toddlers and their families

Components of each session

  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Video
  • Trainer’s Guide
  • Bibliography
  • Handouts