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Graduate Certificate in Advance Practice Nursing- Infant Mental Health

Contact: Susan Spieker, 206-543-9200

Core Function: Technical Assistance and Outreach Training

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice Nursing—Infant Mental Health (GCAPN-IMH) is a four-quarter, 15-credit, 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 early relationships for healthy development, practicing in teams in diverse settings serving infants and families, and conducting assessment and interventions 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 develop a knowledge base in infant and early childhood mental health through coursework and a year-long infant observation experience. 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 program are accepted every year by 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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