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National Training Sessions- 2011

Useful Resources

Study Shows Infants and Toddlers Seldom Get Treatment for Mental Health Issues

Infants and toddlers can suffer serious mental health disorders, yet they are unlikely to receive treatment that could prevent lasting developmental problems...

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Three Helpful Resources from the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

1) Stress can take a toll on the health and effectiveness of early childhood providers and parents....


2) My 1st Year is designed to document a baby’s first year of life and can be used by providers and parents.


3) Discovering Feelings offers caregivers an easy way to: (1) Introduce emotional vocabulary to a child;.....


For Kids, Self-Control Factors into Future Success

This story on NPR details a combination of what research shows and what teaching self-control looks like in preschool.


A Great Place to Work

In this new resource by Paula Jorde Bloom, Ann Hentschel, and Jill Bella, the authors state,...


State-Level Indicators for Social-Emotional Development: Building Better Systems

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has released a new report, entitled State-level Indicators for Social-emotional Development:....


Building the Brain’s "Air Traffic Control" System: How Early Experiences Shape the Development of Executive Function

Executive functioning skills help us to focus on multiple streams of information at the same time and revise plans as necessary....


Infant Mental Health

American Psychologist is devoted to infant mental health. There are four articles in the series on: 1) developmentally sensitive diagnostic criteria,.....


DECA Program

2011 DECI Professional Development Opportunities

Contact: Debi Mahler or call (610)574-6141.

It’s that time of year when programs begin to plan for pre-service training for the fall. The Devereux Center for Resilient Children is offering a wide variety of trainings that can excite, inspire, and educate staff in an effort to start the year off right. Some of these professional development opportunities include:

DECA/DECA-I/T Program Refresher Training
Customized to meet your program’s needs, this 1-day session can offer a review of the DECA/DECA-I/T Program Implementation process or focus on a few areas that need more attention.

DECA/DECA-I/T Program Advanced Planning Training
If your program has been trained on the DECA Program and is looking for more support on using assessment results for planning, this 1-day training is for you!....


DECA/DECA-I/T for Family Service Workers/Home Visitors
Looking to support home visiting staff with the tools to use the DECA Program in their work with families? This 1-day training can provide support for Family Service Workers in understanding how to use aspects of the DECA Program in their work.

DECA/DECA-I/T Local Program Mentor Training
This 2-day training is looking to provide internal capacity for programs to provide on-going workshops and technical assistance on the DECA/DECA-I/T Program. Leave this training with the skills and materials helpful in supporting direct care staff on the use of the DECA/DECA-I/T Program.

DESSA and DESSA-mini Training
Interested in learning more about our newest screening and assessment system designed to promote resilience in school-age children?....


Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure: Activities to Promote Resilience at School and Home
This 1-day training is for any program, regardless of their familiarity with the DECA Program. This training focuses on everyday activities that can be used to teach social and emotional skills both within the classroom and for use by families in the home...


FLIP IT Training
F(Feelings) L(Limits) I (Inquiries) P (Prompts)- IT....


Facing the Challenge Training
This 1-day training also offers more on the topic of challenging behavior in young children....


Building Your Bounce: Promoting Adult Resilience
This training/workshop/keynote can provide an educational and inspirational start to the school year....


Technical Assistance and Distance Learning
The Devereux Center for Resilience Children can offer technical assistance and/or distance learning sessions on any of our assessment tools and/or topics related to the social and emotional health of young children.

For a listing of the 2011 DCRC National Professional Development Events, click here

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Share your great ideas with others around the nation and get free goodies as a Thank You! Send your articles, questions and resources to Karen Cairone at

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Spring 2011


National Children's Mental Health Day Is May 3rd !

I recently received an email from a colleague that resonated with me. I believe anyone who works with young children will be able to relate and appreciate the powerful message. With my colleague’s permission, I have included her words below:

"Linda, I came home from work last Friday after our team had had a long conversation about intentional teaching practices and thought, "I need to be more intentional in my parenting." As I started unpacking the kids’ backpacks for the weekend, I saw a towel that was in Charlotte’s backpack for "Friday yoga."

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What’s New at the
Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC)?

Socially Strong Emotionally Secure *A New Resource for Parents and Teachers*

The Devereux team is thrilled to announce the availability of a brand new resource for both teachers and parents to promote young children’s resilience. Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure provides 50 activities that help the adults in a child’s life promote resilience and social and emotional development through fun, engaging activities. Organized into five chapters, the activities support and build resilience in children ages 3 to 8. To learn more about this new resource, please visit:


2011 Spanish Infant/Toddler Parent

Programs serving Spanish speaking families will be delighted to learn that the DECA for Infants and Toddlers For Now and Forever parent guide is now available in Spanish. The resource is available through our publisher, Kaplan Early Learning Co. To learn more, visit and type the item # (20338) into the search field.


Research Opportunity for Programs out West

Are you an early childhood program in the Western part of the nation? Do you have relationships with other early childhood providers not currently using DECA resources? If you serve preschool children in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and can help us reach non-DECA users in those same states, we need your help! To learn more, please contact ASAP, but no later than April 15. Incentives are being offered to those who help us identify programs as well as those who participate in the data collection process!


e-DECA2.0 Purchasing Calculator

The web-based assessment platform, e-DECA2.0, is a wonderful tool, allowing programs to screen and assess children in a more effective, efficient manner. In efforts to make the e-DECA2.0 cost effective, two different purchasing options are available. Kaplan has created a purchasing calculator to support customers in understanding which option is the most cost-effective based on their intended use of the system. If you are interested in accessing the purchasing calculator, please visit Kaplan’s website at and type "purchasing calculator" into the search field.

NAEYC PDI Conference this June in Rhode Island: DCRC collaborates with national leaders
to offer several exciting sessions!

Sunday, June 12, 10:30-12:30: Professional development for resilience, and social and emotional health: Devereux Early Childhood Regional Training Centers share their unique model: Linda Likins, DCRC; Kathy Thornburg, Missouri Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education; Thomas J. Lottman, Children, Inc.

Monday, June 13, 8:00-10:00: Resilience at every age: Assessing and strengthening protective factors, reducing challenging behaviors, and preparing children for school and life success: Paul LeBuffe and Linda Likins from DCRC, with Jennifer O’Connor, Oakland Schools, MI

Monday, June 13, 10:30-12:30: It’s BOTH educational and relational: Looking at social and emotional teaching practices, assessment, and curricula through panel discussion and video vignettes: Karen Cairone, DCRC; Ed Greene, Cito and Teachscape; Marilou Hyson, George Mason University; Mary Louise Hemmeter, Vanderbilt University, Gayle Cunningham, JCCEO Head Start; and Barbara Kaiser, Kaiser Consulting

Tuesday, June 14, 4:30-5:30: Building a state system of assessment for children, teachers, and programs: Birth through third grade: Kathy Thornburg and Jo Anne Ralston, Missouri Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education


Interview with Marla Himmeger, Early Childhood Mental Health Administrator for Ohio Department of Mental Health

To hear the interview, click here

1) As a professional who has been working in services for children and families for over 30 years, please share your perspective on changes (both positive and negative) in children's mental health service systems in OH and across the country.

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2) What do you feel are the most important issues for our nation to focus on and understand with respect to children's mental health?

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3) What area(s)/issue(s) do you feel are misunderstood by American's as far as children's mental health is concerned?

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4) In all of your years as the Ohio Early Childhood Mental Health Administrator, what are you most proud of?

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5) In all of your years as the Ohio Early Childhood Mental Health Administrator, what is your greatest regret?

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6) From your perspective, what do you think are the biggest issues that teachers, caregivers, and parents deal with when addressing children's MH issues?

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7) If you could provide one message to our readers about children's mental health, what would it be?

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Featured-program Okanogan County Child Development Association, Washington
By Kathleen Bleakney, Children's Services Assistant/Head Start & ECEAP

Okanogan County Child Development Association (OCCDA) is located in rural Okanogan County in Washington State. OCCDA is a non-profit, community-based agency serving pregnant women, children (birth to 5) and their families in 9 small outlying communities....

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Building Your Bounce through Reflective Supervision

As a mental health consultant you may get an exasperated call from a teacher reporting, "He is biting again! We have done everything you told us to do and he is biting again!"...

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Rave Reviews for the DESSA

The Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) has recently received excellent reviews from a number of leading voices within the field. The 18th Mental Measurements Yearbook (2010),...

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Live Webinars on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment
(DESSA) and DESSA-mini

Join Paul LeBuffe, Co-Director of the DCRC, as he presents free, informational webinars on the DESSA and the DESSA-mini. Together, these tools provide a comprehensive system for assessing and monitoring the social-emotional strengths and needs of children, Kindergarten through 8th grade.

The 1-Hour DESSA Webinar Links are...

Local Program
Mentor (LPM) News

Congratulations New Devereux Recognized LPMs!

Sondra Jones, Kansas City, MO
Krista Johnson, Eau Claire, WI
Terri Goettl, Cadott, WI

Exclusive LPM Resources are available
in the LPM section of the DECI website:

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