Right Start for Colorado

Right Start for Colorado

Right Start for Colorado

About Right Start for Colorado

Right Start for Colorado is an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health initiative partially funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Postpartum Support International Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Trainings

Applications closed. 

Right Start for Colorado is pleased to share we are partnering with Postpartum Support International (PSI) and the Colorado PSI chapter to offer several perinatal mood and anxiety disorders trainings. Options include PSI’s Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care training in English offered virtually on February 1-2, 2023, PSI's Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy and Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychopharmacology events in English on February 3, 2023, as well as PSI’s Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care training in Spanish offered virtually on February 9-10, 2023.

As part of our initiative to promote Colorado’s perinatal, infant, and early childhood mental health workforce, we will provide scholarship seats to psychiatrists, nurses, physicians, social workers, mental health providers, doulas, lactation consultants, community health workers and other professionals interested in building skills for the assessment and/or treatment of perinatal mood disorders. Applications are closed. The deadline was October 25, 2022, at 5 p.m. MST. 

El adiestramiento de Trastornos del Estado de Ánimo y de Ansiedaad Perinatal de Apoyo Posparto Internacional

Right Start for Colorado se complace en anunciar que nos hemos asociado con Postpartum Support International (PSI) y la sección de PSI de Colorado para ofrecer varios cursos de entrenamiento sobre los trastornos perinatales del estado de ánimo y la ansiedad.

Las opciones incluyen los cursos de entrenamiento Trastornos del Estado de Ánimo Perinatales: Componentes de Cuidado impartido en inglés virtualmente los días 1 y 2 de febrero de 2023, Adiestramiento de Psicoterapia Avanzada de Salud Mental Perinatal y Adiestramiento de Psicofarmacología de Salud Mental Perinatal eventos el 3 de febrero de 2023, así como el curso de entrenamiento Trastornos del Estado de Ánimo Perinatales: Componentes de Cuidado que será una entrenamiento en español ofrecida virtualmente el 9 y 10 de febrero de 2023.

Como parte de nuestra iniciativa para fomentar a los trabajadores de la salud mental perinatal, infantil y de la primera infancia de Colorado, ofreceremos plazas para becas a psiquiatras, enfermeras/os, médicos, trabajadores sociales, proveedores de salud mental, doulas, consultores de lactancia, trabajadores de salud de la comunidad y otros profesionales interesados en adquirir habilidades para la evaluación y/o el tratamiento de los trastornos perinatales del estado de ánimo. Se ha cerrado el plazo para recibir solicitudes. La fecha límite de entrega llegó el 8 de noviembre de 2022, a las 5 p.m. MST.

Reflective Supervision Learning Collaborative

Applications closed. 

Right Start for Colorado in partnership with the Alaska Association for Infant Mental Health, is excited to sponsor Reflective Supervision Learning Collaborative, a 8-month intensive training to support reflective supervisors in being consistent, intentional, responsive, collaborative, and reflective, regardless of the content of the supervisory session or team meeting. This training was developed by the Reflective Supervision Collaborative. Conducted in a learning collaborative format, the experience will include monthly didactic training as well as monthly mentoring circles to support reflective supervisors. This opportunity is geared toward individuals who are currently providing reflective supervision to infant and early childhood professionals and would like to deepen their practice.

Please click here for more detailed information about the time commitment and training model. Spaces are limited for this opportunity.

The application deadline was November 15, 2022 at 5 p.m. MST.

About Right Start for Colorado

Right Start for Colorado is an initiative that aims to expand infant and early childhood mental health services across Colorado communities by building statewide workforce capacity for professionals serving young children birth to 5 years of age. Right Start for Colorado provides no cost/low cost trainings to clinicians and allied providers across the state on numerous principles and practices, including relationship-based, developmentally specific evidence-based treatments.

The two long-term outcomes with this 5-year grant are to:

  • Develop a strong and skilled statewide community of mental health professionals with expertise in infant/early childhood mental health that can meet the social-emotional needs of young children (ages 0-5) and families across Colorado.
  • Create a robust allied provider network that understands infant/early childhood mental health and feels competent in identifying and referring young children for appropriate assessment and intervention.

Right Start for Colorado's goal is to create alignment among all different sectors and organizations working on behalf of infants and young children and provide some game-changing work that advances the infant mental health landscape in Colorado."

-Dr. Shannon Bekman, Director of Right Start for Colorado

Right Start for Colorado's Statewide Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Workforce

Very young children interact with many different sectors, such as healthcare and education systems. The infant/early childhood mental health workforce includes more than mental health clinicians. It involves all professionals who frequently work with the birth to 5 population. Our aim is to support these professionals in their knowledge and skills to be "infant mental health informed."

Allied Professionals

The allied provider network is critical to ensuring very young children are routed to clinical services when challenges first arise.

  • Pediatricians & Primary Care Providers
  • Early Care & Education (ECE) Professionals
  • Child Welfare Professionals
  • Home Visitors
  • Early Intervention Providers
  • Public Health Nurses
  • First Responders
  • Guardian Ad Litems, CASA & Family Court Judges
  • Policymakers
  • Clinicians who do not specialize in infant mental health (e.g. adult psychotherapists who want to understand when a parent's mental or behavioral disorder affects his/her relationship with the young child)

Clinicians & Consultants

  • Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Specialists
  • Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants
  • Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists

Right Start for Colorado Trainings

We provide a mix of trainings for various audiences. Some trainings are focused on clinicians who provide treatment services to the 0-5 population. Others are geared toward providers wanting a better understanding of what infant mental health is and how it intersects with their professional role.

All of our trainings align with the competencies for Infant Mental Health Endorsement®.


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Right Start for Colorado
Phone: (303) 300-6263
Email: RightStartforColorado@wellpower.org
Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being

Right Start for Infant Mental Health
Right Start for Infant Mental Health is a mental health program for pregnant women and families with children ages birth to 5 years. We provide help when there are concerns about a child's emotions, behavior or development, or when parenting becomes difficult.
Phone: (303) 300-6194
Email: michelle.roy@wellpower.org
Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being

Thank You to Our Funders