Jessica Lertora, MSW, LCSW-C is the Community Coordinator in Frederick County, MD for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE.
Jessica Lertora, MSW, LCSW-C has spent the last 15 years working as a licensed clinical social worker in the field of infant and early childhood mental health. She is currently employed as a Community Coordinator in Frederick County Maryland’s Safe Baby Court Team Program. Prior to joining ZERO TO THREE, she held positions as a reunification social worker with the Frederick County Department of Social Services and as a Lead Counselor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Taghi Modarressi Center for Infant Study: Secure Starts program. Her professional experience and expertise include: evidenced based clinical work with young children and families healing from traumatic events, bringing awareness to compassion fatigue in professionals, collaborating on systems wide initiatives and providing training at the local and national level on various infant and early childhood mental health topics such as trauma, grief and loss, child welfare and reflective practice.
At the national level, Ms. Lertora is endorsed as a trainer for Child Parent Psychotherapy, an evidenced based therapy for children ages birth through 5 and their caregivers focused on helping families heal and grow after stressful/traumatic experiences through supporting strengths and relationships. Ms. Lertora is a member of ZERO TO THREE, the Infant Mental Health Association of Maryland/DC, the World Association for Infant Mental Health and the National Association of Social Workers.