Where Are the School Psychologists: Mental Health in Early Childhood

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand how to better differentiate developmentally typical behavior from mental health needs in early childhood.
  2. learn about using the DC:0-5 Manual as a tool for identifying mental health needs in early childhood.
  3. apply their knowledge of early childhood to case examples to understand how to support children, teachers, and families.
  4. become familiar with evidence-based intervention strategies for children in early childhood experiencing mental health problems.


In early childhood developmentally appropriate acting out and mental health challenges can appear similar. This session will focus on better understanding the etiology of early childhood behavior, using the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC:0-5). Participants will become more familiar with features of behavior and mental health in early childhood and gain an understanding of evidence-based interventions in early childhood for a range of problems.



Rachel Stein, University of Colorado Denver
Leah C. Marks, PhD, NCSP, Advocate Children's Hospital


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