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As an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Consultant and Trainer (Co-Facilitator) Samantha designed her career within the framework of Servant Leadership. As a Servant-Leader first, she naturally ensures that other people’s highest priority needs are being served especially with vulnerable populations. Samantha holds both a Master’s in Social Work and Strategic Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College. During her professional journey, she has focused on her passion for promoting positive mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan. She believes that having an understanding of Infant Mental Health early in life is a key component to preventing and treating mental health problems as they emerge. She is an advocate for reducing stigma around mental health problems with an emphasis on suicide prevention. Samantha is a Region Leader for the Suicide Prevention Center of NY and a Master Trainer for Suicide Safety in Schools. She is a Master Trainer in the Mental Health Literacy Curriculum and contributed to the New York State Version of the Mental Health & High School Curriculum Guide. In 2019, she started her own business, Colson Training & Consulting. Additionally, Samantha has extensive experience in crisis response, trauma-informed care, project management and planning.