Who can be a CHERISH therapist?
A CHERISH Therapist will have training in either Social Work, Speech Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, or Education. Each CHERISH therapist goes through approximately 100 hours of training during their Phase I training (approximately 6 months) and then receives ongoing support and consultation during Phase II training (at least a year) and Phase III training (ongoing). For CHERISH therapists who are not also licensed mental health therapists, there are avenues for referral for cases that are beyond a therapist’s scope of practice or training. In these cases, referrals are made to Kindering’s CHERISH program or to Infant Mental Health providers in the community.