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Professional Development/Formation

Professional development that upholds the belief that best practices should include ways of knowing, ways of doing and ways of being in all professional development programming – a framework known as Professional Formation.

Effective infant and early childhood mental health education and developmental difference understanding and intervention has been shown to improve maternal and child health, family functioning and stability, and child/family well-being, as well as prevent child neglect and abuse.

The Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health (CAECMH) at Montclair State University offers professional development on these topics within their formation framework in which every training incorporates elements of ways of knowing (content), ways of doing (technique/intervention) and ways of being (reflective awareness).