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Graduate Certificate in Advance Practice Nursing- Infant Mental Health

Contact: 206-543-9200

Core Function: Technical Assistance and Outreach Training

The Graduate Certificate in Advance Practice Nursing in Infant Mental Health (GCPAPN-IMH) is a four-quarter, part-time, interdisciplinary graduate certificate program with its academic home in the School of Nursing. The program addresses the increasing need for professionals with expertise in clinical and consultation services in infant and early childhood mental health. This expertise includes promoting awareness about the importance of infant mental health, practicing in diverse settings serving infants and families, and conducting assessment and parent-infant psychotherapy with caregivers and infants experiencing significant distress. Cornerstones of the program include relationship-based and culturally sensitive practice, reflective practice and supervision, and leadership training.

Trainees learn how to infuse infant and early childhood mental health principles into daily practice while expanding their professional networks. Earn transcripted graduate credits upon completing the certificate. Apply knowledge to enhance your clinical practice.

The program welcomes enrollment of community professionals as well as advanced graduate students from a variety of training backgrounds, including nursing, education, primary care, early intervention (including occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology), psychology and social work. Students must possess a graduate degree (or be in the process of obtaining one at the University of Washington) to apply. Applications for this one year certificate are accepted every year (application deadline is May 1). The program is designed to enroll 12 – 16 students each year.

Program Website

University of Washington • Center on Human Development and Disability Box 357920 • Seattle WA 98195-7920 USA • 206-543-7701 •

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