Norma Swanson Irie, LCSW, I/ECMH-C
Coordinator of Prevention Services
Norma Swanson Irie is a clinical social worker with more than 36 years of experience working with children and families. For the past 28 years, she has concentrated on providing educational and support programs to families with children from birth through five years of age, as well as to the professionals who work with them. Ms. Irie has been the Coordinator of Prevention Services at JPA for the past eleven years.
Ms. Irie provides infant mental health consultation to Early Head Start/ Head Start center-based and home-based programs, as well as to preschool and Kindergarten classrooms in a North Lawndale elementary school. As part of her infant and early childhood mental health consultation she conducts parenting groups & workshops on a variety of topics relevant to parenting and child development; consultation and in-service training for early childhood professionals in numerous settings; classroom & individual child observations; as well as consulting with parents and families individually. For the past four years she has led a bi-weekly support group for mothers coping with a chronic illness in a partner agency. In addition, Ms. Irie provides clinical supervision to social workers and social work interns focused on infant and early childhood mental health. For 25 years she led drop-in groups for parents with their infants and young children, and educational discussion groups on specific stages of development (e.g. infancy, toddlerhood, preschool years).
Her primary area of interest is supporting the social emotional well being of young children and their parents, helping them to lay a healthy foundation for their future development. In addition to her work at JPA, Ms. Irie serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health (since 2000) and Chairs the Association's Education and Professional Development Committee which offers an annual conference bringing in nationally known speakers and a seminar series of local experts at locations across the state. She is one of 11 infant mental health professionals from across Illinois selected to join the first cohort to become credentialed through the Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health (ILAIMH) Infant and Early Childhood Credential Project (I/ECMH-C).
- BA, Psychology and Human Development, Purdue University
- MSW, Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of Specialty:
- Infant Mental Health
- Early Childhood Development
- Parenting Education and Support
- Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health (ILAIMH)
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)