Jess Bernal, LMFT

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Jess Bernal, LMFT (He/They) Jess Bernal is an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Head Start/Early Head Start Consultant, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a certification of specialization in Behavior Analysis. They have spent over 15 years working with the birth to five population, specifically focusing on infant and early childhood mental health, neural and social/emotional development, staff and caregiver wellness, and mitigating the long-term effects of early childhood trauma. Jess strives to increase the general understanding of social/emotional development and behavior through a trauma-informed lens, while always staying true to the core values of inclusion, diversity, and social justice. With almost a decade of experience working within the Mental Health and Disabilities content areas of both Head Start and Early Head Start programs, Jess offers a variety of training and consultative services to ensure that Head Start and Early Head Start grantees are not only meeting program requirements but thriving in their support to children and families with mental health and disability needs. Services may include:

• Popular training topics: Staff Wellness and Self-Care, 0-5 Brain Development, Managing Challenging Behaviors, Trauma Informed Care, Supporting Parents and Caregivers of Children with Special Needs, Creating Inclusive Classrooms for Diverse Learning, Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

• Reflective Supervision

• Mental health and disabilities performance standards evaluation, systems organization, and policy and procedure review

• Wellness Promotion evaluation, implementation, and support (1302.45 a, 1-4)

• Mental Health Consultant evaluation, implementation, and support (1302.45 b, 1-6)

• Additional services for children evaluation, implementation, and support (1302.61)


Phone: 323-326-8291


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