2022 Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Training

2020 Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Training (All Virtual for 2020-2021)
The Michigan Department of Education is the lead agency for Early On®. It is responsible for the general administration, supervision, and monitoring of early intervention programs and activities within the Early On system. All Early On activities are conducted, however, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services (Public Health and Mental Health Divisions), through the auspices of the state's interagency agreement. Other key players in Early On® include families, hospitals, other health care providers, universities, private service providers, advocacy organizations, parent groups, and community organizations.

Through MDE’s partnership with MDHHS Division of Mental Health Services to Children and Families, specialized trainings are offered to support service providers, supervisors and other community partners in learning more about social and emotional development of infants, young children and their families. Below, we list several trainings that support the understanding, interpretation and use of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Program for Infants and Toddlers (DECA I/T) and the clinical version being used in Michigan’s Mental Health System for children from 24 months up to the age of 47 months. These tools are strength-based and designed to promote the protective factors central to social and emotional health and resilience in our youngest children.

Who Can Attend the Trainings?

Attendees can include Early On staff who 1) complete assessments as a regular part of their job and/or 2) persons that are currently writing IFSPs and/or providing service coordination to families on a regular basis and 3) Early On Coordinators or those who support Early On staff regularly. Attendees can also include Community Mental Health staff or contract staff who work with infants, young children, aged birth to 47 months in a variety of services/programs (Home-based Services, Infant Mental Health, Assessment, etc.). In the MDHHS contract with the PIHPs/CMHSPs, the DECA is a required assessment tool for all infants, toddlers, young children with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) in the CMHSP system, ages 1 month through 47 months.

For currently scheduled trainings, please see the options below the descriptions.

Any questions, please contact Mary Mackrain at mackrainm@michigan.gov or Julie Helmer at jhelmer@michigan.gov 
For questions related to the electronic DECA system (eDECA) use, contact Mary Mackrain at mackrainm@michigan.gov

DECA-I/T One Day In-Depth Virtual

This more in-depth virtual training is geared to clinicians and practitioners who are new to assessment processes or who want a deeper dive into the theory and application of this tool.

In this training participants will:

  • Learn about resilience theory and protective factors central to supporting infant and toddler resilience,
  • Learn how to administer, score, and summarize results of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment for infants and toddlers.
  • Discuss how these results can be used to support outcome measurement within the Early On system and the Community Mental Health system.
  • Gain experience with planning for individual children s social and emotional health using DECA-I/T program resources.
  • Learn strategies that are developmentally appropriate, fun and easy to do within home and group settings (for example, childcare, play groups, etc.) using DECA- I/T program resources.

* For MDHHS DECA PIHPs/CMHSPs raters this one -day virtual reliability training or the DECA Infant Toddler Basic Virtual Training is required for all child mental health professionals providing assessment and treatment to infants, toddlers and young children, 1 month to 47 months.

DECA-Basic Virtual Training

This is a live, 120-minute virtual training that covers the same objectives as the full one-day training above but in an abbreviated format for those skilled in assessment interpretation and use. *For MDHHS DECA PIHPs/CMHSPs raters this or the one -day in-virtual (in-depth) reliability training is required for all child mental health professionals providing assessment and treatment to infants, toddlers, and young children, 1 month to 47 months.

DECA-Clinical Virtual Training

In this live, 120-minute virtual training participants will:

  • Describe the development and psychometrics of the DECA-C
  • Learn how to effectively administer and interpret the DECA-C, including analysis and advanced interpretation
  • Gain experience in using the DECA-C as a tool to guide professionals and families in developing strength-based and intentional plans to reduce challenging behavior and increase social and emotional skills in young children

* For MDHHS DECA PIHPs/CMHSPs raters this virtual reliability training is required for all child mental health professionals providing assessment and treatment to infants, toddlers and young children, 1 month to 47 months. There is not a one day in-person option.

DECA-Infant, Toddler Clinical Virtual Booster Training

This is a live, 90-minute virtual training that provides a combined DECA-I/T and DECA Clinical refresher for those implementing one or both of these tools in their day to day practices. Main elements of the tool and new case studies are used to help participants dialogue and reflect to ensure DECA tools are being implemented with fidelity. Participants are required to have been trained in the DECA I/T and/or DECA Clinical by a certified trainer (MI’s Julie Helmer or Mary Mackrain or a Devereux Center for Resilient Children trainer)

DECA Resources

DECA I/T:

DECA Clinical:

January 2022

DECA Booster Training (120-minute Virtual training): FULL
January 25, 2022
Webinar

This is a live, 2 hour virtual training that provides a combined DECA-I/T and DECA Clinical refresher for those implementing one or both of these tools in their day to day practices. Main elements of the tool and new case studies are used to help participants dialogue and reflect to ensure DECA tools are being implemented with fidelity. Participants are required to have been trained in the DECA I/T and/or DECA Clinical by a certified trainer (MI’s Julie Helmer or Mary Mackrain or a Devereu... More

February 2022

In-depth Virtual DECA Infant and Toddlers : FULL
February 16, 2022
Webinar

This more in-depth virtual training is geared to clinicians and practitioners who are new to assessment processes or who want a deeper dive into the theory and application of this tool. In this training participants will: Learn about resilience theory and protective factors central to supporting infant and toddler resilience, Learn how to administer, score, and summarize results of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment for infants and toddlers. Discuss how these results can be used to su... More

May 2022

In-depth Virtual DECA Infant and Toddlers : FULL
May 19, 2022
Webinar

This more in-depth virtual training is geared to clinicians and practitioners who are new to assessment processes or who want a deeper dive into the theory and application of this tool. In this training participants will: Learn about resilience theory and protective factors central to supporting infant and toddler resilience, Learn how to administer, score, and summarize results of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment for infants and toddlers. Discuss how these results can be used to su... More

DECA-Clinical Virtual Training: FULL
May 24, 2022
Webinar

In this live, 120-minute virtual training participants will: Describe the development and psychometrics of the DECA-C Learn how to effectively administer and interpret the DECA-C, including analysis and advanced interpretation Gain experience in using the DECA-C as a tool to guide professionals and families in developing strength-based and intentional plans to reduce challenging behavior and increase social and emotional skills in young children * For MDHHS DECA PIHPs/CMHSPs raters this ... More

August 2022

DECA Infant Toddler Assessment Training (120-minute virtual)
August 25, 2022
Webinar

The DECA Infant Toddler Program is a strength-based assessment and planning system for children ages 4 weeks up to 36 months. Based on resilience theory, this comprehensive system is made up of a 5-step approach designed to support early childhood teachers, mental health professionals, home visitors and families in their goal of helping children develop healthy social/emotional skills and reduce challenging behaviors. Central to the DECA I/T Program is the DECA, a standardized, strength-based as... More

September 2022

In-depth Virtual DECA Infant and Toddlers : FULL
September 27, 2022
Webinar

This more in-depth virtual training is geared to clinicians and practitioners who are new to assessment processes or who want a deeper dive into the theory and application of this tool. In this training participants will: Learn about resilience theory and protective factors central to supporting infant and toddler resilience, Learn how to administer, score, and summarize results of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment for infants and toddlers. Discuss how these results can be used to su... More