About Ana Arbel

Ana Arbel, MSEd, is the Senior Program Manager at the Birth to Five Helpline/Fussy Baby program at Southwest Human Development. She was a faculty member at the Harris Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Institute. She has also been the Early Intervention Program Manager and the Mental Health consultant at the Children’s Developmental Center assessment team in the Services for Children with Disabilities Department at Southwest Human Development. Her experience includes training teachers, social workers, and therapists in the complexities of family-based services using a reflective practice approach. She has provided trainings and presentations on parent-child relationships and the effects of disabilities in the family context. Ana is a FAN(Facilitating Attuned Interactions) national trainer. Ana was a member of the board of directors of the Infant Toddler Mental Health Coalition of Arizona, serving as co-chair of the Training Committee. Ana has provided infant mental health consultation, helping staff reflect on their practice from a mental health perspective and providing training on the power of observation and reflection. Before joining Southwest Human Development, Ana coordinated a parenting program with the Salvation Army in Bushwick, New York, where she led parent support groups and playgroups for parents and children birth to five and provided parent counseling. Before moving to the United States, Ana worked with children with disabilities and their families in Haifa, Israel, and was a preschool teacher working with two- and three-year-old groups in Buenos Aires, Argentina.