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Introduction to Early Childhood Mental Health Development


A lot happens within the first few years of life! It is important to have an understanding of the developmental processes of early childhood. From a developmental perspective, this early stage of life is building the foundation for future learning, development and health. We will take a look at early development, focusing on the importance of relationships and enhancing social and emotional wellbeing.        

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Samantha Byrns, LIMHP, Outreach and Training Specialist, Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children

Samantha Byrns is the Outreach and Training Specialist for the Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children.  She is a board certified, licensed mental health practitioner providing outpatient individual and family therapy with specialized training in trauma and early childhood.  She is trained in Trauma-Informed Care (Trainer), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Circle of Security Parenting (Facilitator), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Reflective Practice/Consultation, Early Coach Training, Pyramid Model Training, Psychological First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid.  She received her Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Master of Science in Education Degree from the University of Nebraska Kearney.  She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Nebraska Counseling Association (NCA) and the Nebraska Association for Infant Mental Health (NAIMH). 

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