FIRST Riverside County Fellow Selected for Prestigious Infant-Parent Mental Health Program

LaurieSFirst 5 Riverside, the Riverside County Children & Families Commission,  is pleased to sponsor Laurie Schoenberg, MFT, as 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.

Since 2002, the Fellowship program has supported individual infant & early childhood providers in advancing their specialized expertise in infant and early childhood mental health, and developing leadership skills in this transdisciplinary field. Having a local participant gives Riverside County the opportunity to enhance and expand mental health services for infants and young children, community resources and expertise. The Napa IPMHFP’s 300 alumni Fellows come from across the U.S. and around the world, and include Fellows from 34 California counties and multiple disciplines. 


For more than 20 years, Laurie has worked in early childhood education as an infant/toddler/preschool teacher, administrator/director, and professor at both community colleges and private universities. She is a licensed marriage family therapist, specializing in attachment issues, developmental delays, parent/child relationships, and regulatory and sensory processing issues. She also has experience with children at risk for developmental delays and special needs challenges, and has worked with the California Early Start Unit at two California Regional Centers.  

From 2007 to 2013, she was the First 5 Riverside early care & education administrator. Prior, she lived in Sacramento working as a clinical child therapist for UC Davis Children’s Pediatric Hospital. Her focus at UC Davis was specializing in infant and preschool mental health and their parents in strengthening parent/child relationships.  

Laurie grew up in the Southern California area and holds a Master of Science in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. She and her husband have five adult children and five grandchildren.

 “I look forward to the Fellowship. I am extremely grateful and honored for the First 5 Riverside commissioners’ support in this world class fellowship and to learn from global luminaries in the field of infant-parent mental health!”    

First 5 Riverside looks forward to the information and development Laurie will bring back to Riverside County. Check back soon as she chronicles her journey on the First 5 Years blog keywords “Napa Fellow”.



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