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SPECIAL EVENT: Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consulting – Panel Discussion

“Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: What You Need To Know and How It Works”

Panel Discussion with Experts in the Field

Thursday, October 14, 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Please join us for a robust panel discussion and live question and answer session with experts in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (I/ECMHC)! During this live session, you will hear from panelists on what I/ECMH Consultation is, learn the “nuts + bolts” of consultation, and how consultation is being included in cross model work. You will hear from consultants and home visiting program staff on how they partner together, the challenges and successes they have had implementing consulting into their programs, and how including I/ECMHC in their program has benefited staff and the families they serve!  We will conclude the discussion with a live Q & A portion where you can have your questions answered by the experts! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn more!


Christine Brambila, Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Manager | Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development 


Christine Brambila is the first Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Manager in the Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development. Her approach blends direct service experience and equity-based public policy in order to shape cross-system efforts in Illinois. Through the Illinois Early Childhood Fellowship and at the Latino Policy Forum, Christine learned how data can illuminate public policy and advocacy opportunities to promote equity throughout the State. As a Community Practice Coordinator with the Illinois Early Childhood Court Team, she utilized coaching, facilitation, and clinical information to promote family-centered and trauma-informed decision making in child welfare and juvenile court in Cook County, Illinois. Christine is a fellow with the Equity Leaders Action Network of BUILD. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Franklin and Marshall College and her Master’s degree from University of Chicago’s School for Social Service Administration.


Tammy Livingston, LCSW, I/ECMH-C 


Tamara is currently working with several Prevention Initiative (prenatal to 3 home visiting) programs in the State of Illinois along with Preschool For All and PFA-Expansion programs providing infant and early childhood mental health consultation services to the home visitors, doulas, and teachers. She consults with 2 Coordinated Intake programs and also serves as the Social Emotional Consultant for Child and Family Connections #4, a program that serves families through Early Intervention. She is also a trainer with Start Early and Erikson. For 23 years she was a social work provider for Early Intervention and also maintained a private practice specializing in working with trauma and families.

Hannah Jones-Lewis, LCSW, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist | Start Early


Hannah Jones-Lewis, LCSW has over 12 years of experience working with families and young children, including providing home visiting services, training and technical assistance, infant mental health consultation, reflective supervision, and psychotherapy. Hannah has experience in providing focused training on toxic stress, neurobiology, infant and early childhood development, trauma exposure and vicarious trauma, and attachment. In addition to working at Start Early (formerly the Ounce of Prevention) as an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, Hannah also serves as Zero to Three Growing Brain trainer and a Faculty Evaluator and Adjunct Professor at Simmons University’s Social Work program. 


Ingrid Brown, LCSW, Program Manager of Family Support Services | Children’s Home + Aid


Ingrid Brown is a Program Manager at Children’s Home & Aid supporting teams in Bloomington and DeKalb within the Healthy Families and Parents As Teachers Home Visiting models. Ingrid began her career in Home Visiting two years ago. She previously spent 13 years working in Child Welfare – Foster Care, Intact Family Services, Adoptions and Foster Home Licensing. Ingrid has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Social Work, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Ingrid lives in Bloomington with her husband and two sons, ages 2 and 5.


Nikkita Carrington, Home Visitor | Children’s Home + Aid

Nikkita has worked as Home Visitor for Children’s Home and Aid in DeKalb, IL for almost 2 years. She is passionate about serving others and helping families thrive. Nikkita is a firm believer in the statement, “you can’t pour from a empty cup” so in her spare time she loves traveling, spa days and spending time with family and friends.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists will be available for conference participants through Northern Illinois University. Early Intervention, domestic violence, and Gateways Registry-Verified Conference credit will also be available for eligible attendees.



Do you have any questions about I/ECMH Consultation? Ask the experts!  If you have any questions or topics for any of our panel, please feel free to complete the Survey Monkey questionnaire and your question will be answered during our panel discussion!  Make sure you get your question in prior to the panel to ensure you get the answers you need!  Just click the link to submit your question to our panel of experts!

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