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Infant/Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate - Program Courses

Next program starts fall 2014

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) may be taken individually with instructor permission

Course Credits Fall Winter Spring Summer
*CI 592 Dynamic Models of Infant/Toddler Development 3 X      
*Coun 597 Strengths, Risk Factors, and Disturbance in Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families 3   X    
*SPED 594 Assessment Methods and Classification in Infant Mental Health 3     X  
SPED 595 Prevention and Intervention in Infant Mental Health 3       X
COUN 520 Collaborative Partnerships to Support Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families 3  X 1cr   X 2cr   
Coun 507 Professional Development in Infant Mental Health 6 X 1cr

X 2cr

  X 2cr
Total credits 20        

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Course Descriptions

SPED 594 Assessment Methods and Classifications in Infant Mental Health (3 credits)
Develop knowledge and skills to complete the assessment process through multiple sources of information within a culturally relevant context. Topics include selection of tools and methods for information collection, methods for screening and assessment, and use of classification systems.

COUN 520 Development and Utilization of Collaborative Partnerships to Support Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families (3 credits)
Gain understanding of the family and cultural contexts in which child development occurs. Identify cultural, political, and socioeconomic biases within which mainstream research and theory have emerged. Understand and apply system-of-care concepts and values as they engage in relationship-based consultation. Content includes information about the roles and knowledge bases of specific disciplines as they apply to infant/toddler social/emotional development (e.g., child care, pediatrics, nursing, early intervention, mental health, allied health, child welfare). Learn about the roles and knowledge bases of informal family and community supports as they apply to infant/toddler social/emotional development. Gain knowledge and training related to infant/toddler key transitions from one setting to the next (e.g., from home to community child care, child care to preschool).

CI 592 Dynamic Models of Infant/Toddler Development (3 credits)
This course provides information on typical infant/toddler mental health development and strategies for working with young children and their families within a culturally sensitive context. Content includes prenatal, perinatal and postnatal development, brain development as well as theories of development, including attachment, resiliency, and self-regulation. Course reading and handouts reflect recommended practices across disciplines when working with young children and their families. Learn to gather and document intake information from families of various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Become a link for families to community resources.

SPED 595 Prevention and Intervention in Infant Mental Health (3 credits)
Develop an appreciation of the concepts of early intervention and prevention. Examine the range of interventions used in the field of infant mental health. Emphasis is on the importance of treating infants and toddlers in the context of their families and communities. Discuss intervention strategies, including those targeted at children with psychosocial/relational and developmental disturbances as well as those determined to be at risk. Review international, national, and regional programs, established and pilot, in early intervention and prevention. Improve ability to assess and critically evaluate the current science around treatment efficacy of various interventions.

Coun 507 Professional Development in Infant Mental Health (5 credits total)
Focus on the roles and challenges of being an infant mental health practitioner. Understand ethical and boundary issues within the infant mental health field. Use self-reflection and dialogue with peers to understand yourself better as you interact with infants, toddlers, and their families in a professional capacity. Present, document, and analyze field observations to further understanding of typical development and its variations in infants, toddlers, and their families. Learn to promote reflective practices in others.

Coun 597 Strengths, Risk Factors, and Disturbance in Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families (3 credits)
Focus on infants, toddlers and their families, and how they cope successfully with life tasks and external stressors. Examine what happens when coping breaks down and problems emerge in families with young children. Be able to:

  • Identify relevant strengths and resiliency factors for infants, toddlers, and their families
  • Understand developmentally relevant risk factors, especially parental mental health issues, and their potential impact on infants, toddlers, and their families
  • Gain knowledge of major forms of psychopathology within infant/toddler mental health