Early Childhood

This training provides an overview of early childhood social/emotional development and highlights the importance of identifying threats to this development in infants and young children. Intervening early in a child’s life is a powerful form of prevention of later emotional & behavioral challenges. Members of the pediatric primary care team have distinct and important roles in providing screening, assessment, medical care, short term intervention and referrals for specialized services, education and caregiver support. You will review basic concepts of early child development and learn about threats to healthy social/emotional development. You will have an opportunity to consider office interventions from a role-specific point of view, including each member of the primary care team. A case will be used to demonstrate some of these concepts.

CEs/CMEs are available for this training

Learning Objectives

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Define early childhood emotional health
  • Compare and contrast the four stages of attachment
  • Describe key characteristics of toxic stress
  • Explain the tiered approach to supporting healthy child-parent relationships
  • Describe strategies for implementing screening and assessment tools
  • Describe strategies for incorporating developmental guidance into work with parents of young children
  • Provide three examples of common mental health disorders of early childhood
  • Explain how each member of the primary care team can work with parents and children

Course Instructor

  • Betsy Groves headshotBetsy Groves
  • Carmen Rosa Noroña headshotCarmen Rosa Noroña
    LICSW, Ms.Ed, CEIS

Course Information

Estimated Time: 1 hour



1 year of access
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