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Goals and Achievements 

This spring we will be summarizing and disseminating the results from a statewide survey of training needs and resources, as well as gathering information to create a directory of resources and providers by community and region for the FL Behavioral Health Impact Directory. 

Recent workgroup presentations: 

Ellingsen, K (chair), Wood, A. L., Balos, J., Ross-Donaldson, S., & Boyer, M. (December 2022).


Providing Better Support for Perinatal Loss and Grief: What to say, what to do, where to find help, 7th Annual Florida Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative Conference. Tampa, FL. 

Ellingsen, K. (chair), Flynn, H., Brognano, L. Knudson Gonzalez, D, MD and Boyer, M. (2021, December).


Evidence Based Practice for Perinatal Wellness. Panel Presentation at the Florida Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, Perinatal Mental Health Conference, Tampa, FL. 

Recent Workshops to build clinical capacity:

Preconference workshop Loss and Grief in the Perinatal Context facilitated by Ms. Anna L Woods.


Preconference workshop IPT for Depression facilitated by Heather Flynn, PhD and Angel Montfort, PsyD

Workgroup Chair:

Dr. Kirsten Ellingsen is a licensed psychologist with advanced training in early childhood pediatric psychology and perinatal wellness. She currently owns a telehealth private practice specializing in perinatal wellness and works as an independent contractor providing evidence-based therapy in Sarasota for children, parents, and teens.

Dr. Ellingsen has over two decades involvement in leading research at local, state, national, and international levels. She served as a national research director for an early intervention home visiting program and taught psychology graduate coursework at different universities. She has been an invited expert and presenter at international conferences and national early childhood and disability workgroups, as well as presented her dissertation work on the World Health Organization ICF-CY at various national conferences. Dr Ellingsen has provided clinical treatment in hospital, school, behavioral health setting, and home settings and authored various books chapters on child assessment and the ICF-CY. She is dedicated to improving the health, functioning, and development of children starting at conception.

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Clinical Workgroup Chair: Kirsten Ellingsen, PhD, PMH-C

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