FEBRUARY 22, 2022

1:30PM- 3:00PM PST

(1.5 HOURS)


Mental Health Matters in Early Childhood


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
  • Gain an appreciation for a trauma-informed approach 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.

Important Registration Information:

  1. This training will be recorded. Registered participants will be provided with a link to the recording within two days.
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Before the Training: Suggested Reading

Explore Zero to Three’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Resources

Meghan Lukasik, PhD

Manager and Licensed Psychologist

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


Meghan Lukasik is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the assessment of infants and young children with developmental, behavioral, and early mental health concerns. She has extensive experience in diagnostic assessment of autism spectrum disorders, early childhood mental health, trauma, attention, behavior and learning disabilities. She is the former clinical director of Rady Children’s KidSTART program; a program for children 0-5 with complex needs. In addition to her current clinical work, Meghan manages the Developmental Evaluation Clinic and is the Training Director for the clinic’s postdoctoral fellowship program.