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Core Competencies in Children's Mental Health

Contact Info:

Meredith Waudby
Manager, Technical Assistance and Training
mwaudby@ssw.umaryland.edu, 410-706-6238

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services and the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Mental Hygiene Administration developed these core competencies with input from the Maryland Interdisciplinary Mental Health Workforce Committee. They are intended to provide a minimum standard for the proficiency of professionals working with children and youth with mental health needs and their families to assure a more qualified mental health workforce.

The core competencies are comprised of 10 modules designed to provide baseline training in the following content areas:

  • Cultural and Linguistic Competence
  • Child Development and Disorders
  • Youth and Families as Partners
  • Screening, Assessment and Referrals
  • Treatment Planning and Service Provision
  • Outcomes and Quality Improvement
  • Behavior Management
  • Health and Safety
  • Community Development
  • Communication

Who are the appropriate individuals to access and complete these trainings?

Mental health professionals working with children and youth with mental health needs and their families. This includes individuals working in schools, clinics, in-home services, inpatient and residential programs, and other community settings. These trainings were designed to be applicable to mental health professionals across specializations, including schools, child welfare, juvenile services, developmental disabilities, and early childhood.

Access Core Competencies in Children's Mental Health online training modules