Early Childhood Mental Health Program

A child's biopsychosocial development is greatly impacted by experiences in the first five years of life. Events such as trauma, neglect and child maltreatment can have a deleterious effect on the course of development and the child’s overall well-being. Caregiver substance misuse, criminal behavior and mental illness can interfere with the development of healthy development and caregiver-child relationships. Furthermore, systems of care designed to protect and care for young children can positively or negatively impact the children and families they serve.  Assessment and intervention approaches must consider the child in context of their social environment and primary attachment relationships.

The Center on Trauma and Children provides treatment, consultation, training and support to the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the Department of Community Based Services, community-based providers, schools, the Administrative Office of the Courts, as well as foster parents, biological parents and a interdisciplinary group of Bachelors, Masters, Ph.D. and Medical students.

For more information contact Otto Kaak, M.D.

Faculty of ECMHP


Presentation, How Our Brains Become Who We Are, by H. Otto Kaak, M.D.