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Project SUCCEED: Supporting Colorado Children’s Early Emotional Development is a Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Project SUCCEED is intended to help increase our state’s capacity to address the unmet mental health needs of Colorado’s children. 

For a variety of reasons, including a lack of awareness of age-appropriate norms and expectations, as well as stigma, mental health problems in young children (0 to 8 years) are often unrecognized or misunderstood and therefore go untreated. This is true for children who are typically developing as well as for children with developmental disabilities. This is unfortunate, since sound mental health provides the foundation for all aspects of a child’s development, and early treatment increases the likelihood of positive outcomes. 

Our project aims to address this critically important public health issue by offering training to a diverse group of individuals in Colorado who touch the lives of young children—including, among others, professionals, paraprofessionals, first responders, parents, and other family members alike. This training includes but is not limited to: (1) appreciating the foundational importance of mental health to children's overall development and well-being, (2) recognizing mental health challenges experienced by young children who are typically developing or have developmental disabilities, (3) learning effective ways to respond to tantrums, meltdowns, or other challenging or aggressive behaviors, (4) understanding when a referral to a mental health professional may be warranted, and (5) knowing how to connect with referral resources in the state.

Wednesdays, Apr 3 to May 22, 2024
10:30 am to 12:00 pm (Mountain Time)

Caregiving Relationships and Early Brain Development
04/03/24 Setting the Stage for Shared Meaning of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
04/10/24Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity Considerations
04/17/24Identifying and Understanding Developmental Differences in Young Children
04/24/24Strategies for Managing Mental Health Symptoms 
05/01/24Early Adversity and Toxic Stress 

Caregiving Relationships and Early Brain Development

05/15/24Child and Family Development
05/22/24Resources and Referrals



Training will be delivered using the ECHO™ Model. This is an all teach-all learn tele-mentoring model that uses case-based learning and a hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing approach. Expert teams (master Trainers) use videoconferencing to conduct learning sessions with participants throughout the state. The goal is to reduce health disparities, especially in traditionally underserved areas, by closing gaps in access and increasing workforce capacity to provide the application of best practices and needed services ( The principles of this model are: (1) amplification, using technology to leverage scarce resources, (2) best practices to reduce disparity, (3) case-based learning to master complex issues, and (4) data to monitor outcomes ( 

Lorraine F. Kubicek, PhD, IMH-E®, Project Director/Principal Investigator, JFK Partners, CU-AMC

Patrice Brown, EdD, Executive Director, Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health

Kristina Hightshoe, MSPH, Project Coordinator, JFK Partners, CU-AMC

Judy Reaven, PhD, Clinical Advisor, JFK Partners, CU-AMC

Cortney Pfeaster, MPH Candidate, Graduate Assistant, CO School of Public Health, CU-AMC



Frequently Asked Questions

Will we have access to the slides for each session?
Slides will be sent to you after you attend a session and complete the corresponding session evaluation.

What if I miss a session? Will the sessions be recorded?
Given the topics we will be covering in these sessions and the possibility that confidential information may be disclosed, we will not be recording them. If you miss a session, you may register to attend the missed session during the next scheduled series later in 2024. 

How can I access handouts from session(s) I missed?
Please email Kristina Hightshoe ( to be included on the invitation list for the missed session. If you would like the slides for the missed session, please email Kristina. She will send the slides once you attend another session and complete the evaluation for that session.

What is REDCap?
Surveys and evaluations will be sent to you via REDCap, a secure, web-based application designed to support data collection for research studies on secure servers.

I have questions, who do I ask?
If you have any questions, please contact Kristina. Do not send a question to the email address in REDCap since it is only for technical support issues.

JFK Partners (SOM)

CU Anschutz

Education II South

13121 East 17th Avenue

Mail Stop C234

Aurora, CO 80045


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