Jessica M Cowan is a Licensed Social Worker through the Board of Social Work Examiners in the state of New Jersey and is currently pursuing clinical social work licensure. Jessica received her bachelor's degree in Social Work from West Chester University and her master's degree in Social Work from Monmouth University. Throughout her social work career thus far, Jessica has worked in various roles working with young children, families and other professionals in both state level policy work and clinical mental health roles. She has held positions within the NJ Department of Children and Families, Child Care Resource and Referral, and most recently as a Lead Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Specialist.
As an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, Jessica works within various state systems to bring infant mental health principles and practice to other professionals, such as early childhood educators, home visitors and doulas. She utilizes her expertise in infant and early childhood mental health to engage with families in innovative ways, bringing the family history, dynamics, and whole systems perspective to the therapeutic relationship. Jessica is also endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist by the New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health (NJAIMH). She also is an active Board member for the NJAIMH. For the past four years, Jessica has also completed intensive education and training in the field of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health from the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair State University. Through this experience, Jessica has obtained training and expertise in trauma-informed care, family systems approach to care, biopsychosocial assessments, developmental and relational assessments of early childhood, and neurodevelopment. She is currently pursuing her postpartum doula certification through DONA International and has training in postpartum care and support. Jessica is excited to support individuals, families and groups through a strengths-based, infant and early childhood mental health lens, offering a full spectrum of therapeutic approaches.