Laurie Schoenberg, MFT, is the first Riverside County participant in the 2016-2017 UC Davis Extension Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program (IPMHFP), a highly regarded 15-month intensive, interdisciplinary training and mentoring program for professionals working with children ages 0 to 5.
Learn more about the Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship program and how to apply.
I am truly amazed how quickly the time has passed since starting the Fellowship more than nine months ago! My first blog reflected the first phase of the Fellowship: Basic Skills & Core Concepts. The Second Phase of the program – Learning with Luminaries of the field includes: faculty from the disciplines of medicine (pediatrics and psychiatry), psychology, nursing, neuroscience, education, special education, social work, occupational therapy, human development and psychoanalysis. The speakers have been phenomenal and I am so honored for the intimate interactions the Fellows receive from the true heroes of the infant/early childhood mental health field.
I am growing and changing as a clinician and every month I return to my therapy office feeling challenged and encouraged to implement the concepts.
I must admit, I was beyond thrilled when I am became aware that Dr. Bruce Perry would be spending a three-day training session with the Fellows. We are the first Fellowship to have his Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) woven throughout the entire Fellowship. NMT is NOT a therapy model; it is a way to organize a child’s history (prenatally to date), parents history and current developmental functioning through an online assessment tool available. After the information is entered, the tool gives the user a summary of brain information, developmental information and recommendations that will meet the needs of the individual client! I have completed three so far and as a result, the insight into each client is quicker and individually tailored to assist the client in their individual needs. We are so fortunate for this gracious opportunity from Dr. Perry!