As a leading infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) training program since 2012, SPCC has been formally and strategically working to advance IECMH professional competencies and IECMH multi-disciplinarily capacity locally and state-wide. In 2019, with generous original funding from local foundations including the Greater Rochester Health Foundation’s Healthy and Equitable Futures Strategy, SPCC founded the Mary Ellen Institute (MEI), named in honor of the young child at the heart of SPCC’s origin, who found healing and health after an early childhood full of trauma and adversity through caring and skilled professionals.

The Mary Ellen Institute’s mission is to increase access to evidence-informed IECMH training, support, consultation, and supervision for professionals. MEI’s passion lies in advancing access to quality, relationally driven, culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and developmentally appropriate services across infant and young child disciplines, in turn improving holistic developmental outcomes for infants and young children throughout their lifespan. 

We invite you to explore our offering below.


Beth Russell, LMSW

Infant Family Specialist
Training and Consultant

Samantha Colson, MSW, MS, IMH-E®

Infant Family Specialist
Trainer and Consultant

Sarah Fitzgibbons, LMHC, MT-BC, IMH-E®

Infant Mental Health Mentor - Clinical
Trainer and Consultant

Kenya Malcolm, PhD, IECMH-E®

Infant Mental Health Mentor-Clinical Early Childhood Family Specialist
Trainer and Consultant