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Mental Health Matters in Early Childhood


This training was presented on January 19, 2023


*Training certificates are only available following live trainings or completion of self-paced courses. A certificate will not be provided for review of these materials.



This overview of the foundations of mental health in children 0-5 will cover the signs and symptoms of mental health concerns in infants, toddlers, and preschool age children. The training will highlight a trauma-informed approach to assessment and treatment. Attendees will gain understanding of the evolution of diagnostic systems, common diagnoses, and overlapping presentations in childhood disorders including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, PTSD, attachment disorders, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. We will also talk about resiliency and protective factors in childhood.


Learners will:

  • Increase awareness of symptoms of early mental health in infants and young children
  • Increase understanding of some of the most common behavioral and mental health diagnoses in early childhood
  • Understand why a trauma-informed approach is foundational to work with young children and families


Who should attend: All staff of family resource centers (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other child and family-serving organizations.


Continuing Education Credit: This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Chadwick Center For Children and Families, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego (Provider #75651) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Chadwick Center For Children and Families, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Please click here for additional information about continuing education credit.



  • This is a webinar-style training. This means that you will not be on camera and will not be able to see other learners. This training will not include breakout rooms. Opportunities to interact with the presenter(s) and other participants will be included.
  • This training will be recorded. The recording will be available to registered learners within 2 days of the training.
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Yanan Guo is a post-doctoral fellow at Rady Children’s Hospital Developmental Evaluation Clinic where she provides comprehensive evaluations for children 0-5 years with developmental, mental health, medical, and family needs. Yanan completed her pre-doctoral training at C.A.R.E.S. in New York, where she provided diagnostic evaluations and therapy to individuals with developmental disabilities. Additionally, she conducted group therapy with parents and caregivers to discuss developmental milestones address behavioral and social-emotional concerns. Yanan is also a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA); she specialized in working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder before starting her doctorate program. Yanan received her doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, San Diego.



Meghan Lukasik has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 1998 and has worked at Rady Children’s Hospital since 1999. Meghan specializes in the assessment of infants and young children. She has extensive experience in diagnostic assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders and early mental health concerns including childhood trauma. In addition to providing direct clinical service, Meghan manages the hospital’s Developmental Evaluation Clinic and is the Co-Training Director for the clinic’s APPIC-approved postdoctoral fellowship program. She is the former clinical director of Rady Children’s KidSTART program; a program for children ages 0-5 with complex developmental and mental health needs.




Postdoctoral Fellow

Developmental Evaluation Clinic, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego




Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Manager, Developmental Evaluation Clinic

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego