Below are biographies and course descriptions for trainers who do not have a website. Trainers are listed in alphabetical order with their contact information.

  • Amanda Tyree, CCC, SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist and SLP Discipline Director for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  She is endorsed by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health as a Transdisciplinary Mental Health Practitioner.  Ms. Tyree has extensive experience working with children ages birth to five in the Early Childhood Mental Health Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Ms. Tyree is bilingual and bicultural, and has expertise in communication development in bilingual children. Contact: atyree@chla.usc.edu
  • Carolyn Wingfield, Ph.D. – “Trauma Informed Infant Observation” Training: In-depth approach to observing and assessing the mental/developmental health of infants up to 16 months of age. Participants will hone their infant observational skills and expand their thinking about how earliest experiences can impact not just the parent-child dyad, but later childhood behavior as well. This interactive training will give professionals and paraprofessionals information to help them understand trauma from the infant’s perspective, learn how infants communicate, and understand the importance of incorporating trauma history in our work with infants. Contact: drcwingfield@gmail.com
  • Hannah Miller, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist in the Early Childhood Mental Health Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  She completed internship training at The Help Group with an emphasis on early childhood mental health and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at CHLA in trauma psychology.  She specializes in the assessment and treatment of young children and their families with a focus on prevention and intervention of early childhood trauma.  She is bilingual in Spanish and has a clinical interest in the culturally-sensitive implementation of evidence-based practice. Contact: hamiller@chla.usc.edu
  • Jenna Ouye, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and Nationally Certified school psychologist.  She completed three years of predoctoral and postdoctoral psychology training in Early Childhood Mental Health at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  Prior to CHLA, Dr. Ouye worked in the Santa Barbara/Goleta school districts to provide social-emotional interventions in the school setting, with a focus on early intervention and family-school relationships. She has clinical and research experience in autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities, family-focused and culturally-sensitive assessment, and systems/school/community collaboration. Contact: jouye@chla.usc.edu
  • Lili McGuinness, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, consultant, trainer and director, who has been working with low-income and high risk families for over 18 years. Lili is a licensed clinical social worker who earned her Masters of Social Work from University of Southern California and her Certificate of Lactation Education from University of California, Los Angeles. Lili is trained as an integrated body psychotherapist and provides psychodynamic and somatic therapy and life coaching to individuals, couples and families in her private practice. In addition, Lili is Clinical Director for the Welcome Baby Pilot Program at Maternal and Child Health Access and in collaboration with the Program Director developed and established the framework and structure of the program. Lili specializes in, trauma informed care, reflective leadership, workplace wellness/compassion fatigue, maternal and infant mental health and home-visitation. She is a key member of the oversight entity team that is overseeing the expansion of 14 Welcome Baby programs throughout Los Angeles County, which includes; training, technical assistance and development of the fidelity model. She also provides coaching and mentoring for Managers and Clinical Supervisors focused on reflective leadership. This includes facilitating monthly group reflective practice for Managers and Clinical Supervisors of over 40 home-visiting programs in Los Angeles County. Lili is a faculty member of the training committee for Maternal Mental Health Now Task Force. Lili and her daughter, Emma Sophia are highlighted in This Emotional Life, Early Moments Matter video that is focused on healthy secure attachment. Contact: lilim@mchaccess.org
  • Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS): The DCFS Child Protection Hotline (CPH) provides training on mandated reporting, DCFS process, and legal responsibility to any community agencies, schools, therapists, hospital staff and DCFS staff who request it. Contact: Gary Burks, burksg@dcfs.lacounty.gov
  • Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), Workforce Education and Training Division: “Mental Health First Aid Training Course” –Mental Health First Aid is a 5-Step Action Plan that helps an individual assist someone in midst of a mental health crisis or episode until the First Responders arrive. The eight-hour training covers the signs and symptoms of the most common mental illnesses. Upon completion participants will be given an official certification as a Mental Health First Aider which is active for three years. Participants must complete all eight hours to receive a certification. Contact: Adam Benson, MPA, Training Coordinator abenson@dmh.lacounty.gov
  • Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), Workforce Education and Training Division: “Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Course” –Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Upon completion participants will be given an official certification as a Youth Mental Health First Aider which is active for three years. Participants must complete all eight hours to receive a certification. Contact: Adam Benson, MPA, Training Coordinator abenson@dmh.lacounty.gov
  • Marian E. Williams, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and Program Area Lead for the Early Childhood Mental Health Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Williams has over 20 years of experience in infant/early childhood mental health and is endorsed by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health as a Reflective Practice Mentor.  For the past 10 years, she has led the early childhood training program for our American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship and provides interdisciplinary training through our LEND training program. She coordinates the Birth to Five Core Training Series, and is Principal Investigator of the First 5 Los Angeles-funded project, Training and Technical Assistance for Early Screening in Autism and Developmental Disabilities for Young Children in Underserved Communities. Contact: MWilliams@chla.usc.edu
  • Patricia Lakatos, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, bilingual and bicultural, endorsed by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health as a Reflective Practice Mentor. Dr. Lakatos was trained in the Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate Program and is a Zero to Three fellow. In addition to her work as a supervisor and clinician in the Early Childhood Mental Health program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Lakatos has over 20 years’ experience providing mental health consultation in early childhood education and childcare settings, including at local Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Dr. Lakatos is the lead trainer for Child-Parent Psychotherapy at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and leads the reflective supervision training series for their American Psychological Association-accredited psychology postdoctoral training program in Early Childhood Mental Health. Contact: plakatos@chla.usc.edu
  • Ruth Beaglehole, “Yes, the Brain Information Is Very Important – But How Do We Talk to Our Clients About It?” Training: This training will integrate knowledge of early brain development and child development into accessible everyday language for our clients – understanding the role of prenatal and early attachment on the developing brain, understanding the developmental steps of early childhood and the effect on the child’s overall development.

“Building the Secure Foundation for Both the Infant and the Parent: Core Concepts to Build Early Secure Attachment for Baby and Parent” Training: This training will emphasize the importance of early secure attachment and the role the parent plays as an emotional , empathetic caregiver to their baby. Early communication through serve and return attunement by the parent  plays a significant role in the baby’s early experiences of the world and their learning to regulate their own emotional states. Supporting parents to have an understanding of their own childhood and the things that may trigger them has a profound influence on their ability to provide a secure attachment base for their children. Contact: rbeaglehole@gmail.com

  • Tamara Matic, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, endorsed by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health as a Reflective Practice Mentor. Dr. Matic has been a supervisor and clinician in the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Early Childhood Mental Health program for 10 years, is the lead trainer for our DIR/Floortime treatment program for young children with co-occurring developmental and mental health challenges, and provides training and reflective supervision in our Child-Parent Psychotherapy training program. Contact: TMatic@chla.usc.edu
  • Tiombe Wallace, MFT: No biography or course description provided. Contact: TiombeMFT@hotmail.com