Graduate Certificate Program in Infant Mental Health
Core Function: Technical Assistance and Outreach Training
The Irving B. Harris Graduate Certificate Program in Infant Mental Health is a six-quarter, part-time, interdisciplinary graduate certificate program. The program welcomes enrollment of community professionals as well as advanced graduate students from a variety of training backgrounds, including nursing, education, medicine, occupational/physical therapy, post-partum support, psychology, social work, and speech and hearing sciences. Students must possess a graduate degree (or be in the process of obtaining one) to apply.
Trainees will develop a knowledge base in infant mental health through a hybrid of campus-based training opportunities and distance learning coursework. In addition, in year 2 students complete an intensive clinical/capstone training experience in community-based direct service, consultation or leadership. During this clinical placement, students may chose to focus their training in one of three pathways:
- Promoting First Relationships Pathway. For graduate students and professionals from multiple disciplines who seek training in infant mental health consultation, reflective practice, and provision of relationship-based services to families. pfrprogram.org
- Infant-Parent Psychotherapy Pathway. For graduate students in mental health fields and licensed (or license eligible) mental health professionals from the community who plan to do intensive long-term therapeutic work and assessment with young children and their families.
- Leadership Pathway. For trainees with an interest in research, policy and systems work in infant mental health. Either higher level graduate students in fields like early childhood public policy, psychology or nursing or higher level administrators in community or state agencies may apply.
This advanced training in infant mental health provides a foundation of knowledge and practical experience for clinical, consultation and leadership services in infant mental health. We anticipate this experience will enrich students' current practice, help build specialty skills within their disciplines, and expand professional networks. We accept cohorts ever academic year, starting in the fall of 2012.
Trainees may opt to take just the first year of coursework to build their knowledge base in infant mental health. (Note: Certificates are only awarded for satisfactorily completing all program requirements which includes the second clinical year.)
Our priority application deadline was January 15, 2012. We will continue to accept applications until our program is filled. Please contact us if you anticipate applying. For more information on our application process
For more information see the CIMHD website: http://www.cimhd.org/training.html