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Member Corner: Tricia Woodliff, Clinical Counselor/Supervisor and Faculty, University of Nevada, Reno

I have been a supporter of ZERO TO THREE for years. The information and training I receive is invaluable to my career.

Greetings everyone! My name is Tricia Woodliff. I am a clinical professional counselor/supervisor as well as faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno where I run the internship clinic for our marriage and family counseling students and teach classes for our program. I will be finishing up my doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision this fall.

Before I was in academia, I spent 15 years as an early childhood/infant mental health counselor. My interest in early childhood services began with my clinical internship where I was a part of a team setting up a Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT Model) preschool program for children who had experienced significant trauma. I could not have asked for a more influential internship. Because of that opportunity, my entire career has been focused on the impact of trauma on very young children. I have primarily worked with children who are in the foster care system and am passionate about their care. Because of a shortage of infant mental health (IMH) providers in Nevada, I went back to school to become a counselor educator with the intention of expanding the field of IMH. I am part of state advisory groups for the expansion of IMH, and my dream is to create an IMH certificate program at University of Nevada, Reno.

My dissertation topic came from a brainstorming session with my committee. I came to the committee with some research ideas related to skills and knowledge of good providers. One of the members, whose research specialty is infants, took a big breath and then said, “You know, sometimes I think it’s just who they are. They have a special something that makes them good at the work.” Ah ha! That was it! I’d found my topic. The literature in IMH does not currently explore the dispositions or personality traits that are necessary for good IMH providers. I am doing a grounded theory study on the person of the provider—what makes them good at the work they do? (If you would like to participate please feel free to contact me at twoodliff@nevada.unr.edu).

I have been a supporter of ZERO TO THREE for years. The information and training I receive is invaluable to my career. I recommend the Annual Conference and the trainings to students and other clinicians. Member Connect has allowed me to speak with wonderful people from all over the United States and the world. I couldn’t imagine doing this work without ZERO TO THREE!

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