Regional Conference | Austin, TX

Mental Health Consultation:

A Best Practice in Early Childhood Services

May 11, 2018
8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Commons Learning Center | 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, 78758

Canyon View Event Center | 4800 Spicewood Springs Road | Austin, TX 78759 | Auditorium A – 2nd Floor

 5 CEUs

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This year’s Regional Conference will focus on Mental Health Consultation and the impact on children, families and communities. Join us for this very important, day long conference to learn about strategies and systems to support our youngest Texans. We aim to help you learn more about the following: 

  • How Mental Health Consultation benefits educators and other professionals (in light of HB 674 which bans expulsion of children below grade 3 in Texas)
  • “A Day in the Life of a Mental Health Consultant (MHC)”
  • Information on the Louisiana Quality Start (ECMHC) model and expansion to Kindergarten and 1st grade programs
  • Reflective practice and the benefits within mental health consultation’
  • Reflective practice activity for part II during keynote


Keynote Speaker: Allison Boothe Trigg, Ph.D will discuss Mental Health Consultation and walk us through “A Day in the Life of a MHC”. Dr. Trigg is a clinical psychologist and associate professor at Tulane University Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. Here, she co-developed the Louisiana early childhood mental health consultation model (ECMHC). This model focuses on supporting young children’s social-emotional development in early education settings. She has directed the statewide ECMHC program for over ten years and has extended the model to serve New Orleans charter schools through the second grade. Dr. Trigg has published peer-reviewed articles on ECMHC and has spoken to many national groups about the Louisiana ECMHC model including Zero to Three, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the US Office of Family Assistance among others. Additionally, Dr. Trigg has a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and a master’s and doctoral degree in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology from the University of Alabama. She has also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in infant mental health at Tulane University, where she evaluated and treated children under five in foster care and their parents.





Afternoon Presentation: Stephanie Rubin, Executive Director for Texans Care for Children, will report on the recently released findings from “Keeping Kids in Class”.





Panel Discussion by State Agency Staff on Suspension and Expulsion: Hear how your state agencies are already working to prevent the suspension and expulsion of very young children in Texas early childhood programs. This panel will include:

  • Jeannie Young – Program Specialist, Texas Health and Human Services Child Care Licensing
  • Jacquie Porter – Satewide Director of Early Childhood, Texas Education Agency
  • Stephanie Bonnet-Kramer – Early Education Quality Initiatives, Texas Workforce Commission


Closing by Dr. Libby Doggett: Libby Doggett, Ph.D will close our conference with “A Call to Action: Ways to Address the Social Emotional and Behavioral Health of Young Children in Texas”. Dr. Doggett has devoted 40 plus years to work in schools, Head Start and child care with children with, and without disabilities.  She has built public will and strong diverse coalitions around the country and in Texas to improve children’s readiness for kindergarten and beyond.   Before returning to Austin, Doggett served as President Obama ‘s appointee to the US Department of Education overseeing and expanding early learning programs across the country.  In Washington, Libby also worked previously with the Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Head Start Association heading up national campaigns to improve children’s access to and the quality of early childhood education programs.  She began her career as a bilingual first grade teacher at Ortega Elementary School in Austin, and holds a doctorate from the University of Texas in early childhood special education.