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Mental Health Matters in Early Childhood

La importancia de la salud
mental en la primera infancia

This training was presented on
September 26, 2023


This webinar was presented in English with Spanish interpretation
Este seminario web fue presentado en inglés con interpretación al español.

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 an 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

Esta visión general de los fundamentos de la salud mental en niños de 0 a 5 años cubrirá los signos y síntomas de problemas de salud mental en bebés, niños pequeños y niños en edad preescolar. La capacitación incluirá un enfoque basado en el trauma para la evaluación y el tratamiento. Los participantes aprenderán sobre la evolución de los sistemas de diagnóstico, los diagnósticos más comunes y las presentaciones superpuestas de los trastornos infantiles, como los trastornos del espectro autista, el TDAH el trastorno por déficit de atención (ADHD, por sus siglas en inglés, TEPT el trastorno de estrés postraumático (PTSD, por sus siglas en inglés), los trastornos del apego y los trastornos del espectro alcohólico fetal. También hablaremos sobre la resiliencia y los factores de protección en la infancia.

Los participantes aprenderán lo siguiente:

  • Mejorar el conocimiento de los síntomas de salud mental temprana en bebés y niños pequeños.
  • Identificar algunos de los diagnósticos conductuales y de salud mental más comunes en la primera infancia.
  • Determinar por qué un enfoque basado en el trauma es fundamental para trabajar con niños pequeños y familias.


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


Important Training Information:

  • 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 licensed clinical psychologist 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. She also provides developmental evaluations for Rady’s KidSTART program, a program for children ages 0-5 with complex developmental and mental health needs. Yanan is also a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA); she specialized in working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder before starting her doctorate program, providing behavioral services and parent training. Yanan received her doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, San Diego.



Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Developmental Evaluation Clinic,
Rady Children’s Hospital-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.




Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Manager, Developmental Evaluation Clinic,
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego