Infant/Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate
The graduate certificate in Infant/Toddler Mental Health: A Relationship-based Approach is designed for professionals who are working with families who have children from the prenatal period to 36 months of age. This program is appropriate for professionals who are mental health, special education, child welfare, and social service providers; home visitors; teachers; child-care providers; and health care professionals. It is also appropriate for supervisors of these direct-service providers.
Participants become knowledgeable about current research and interventions from the field of infant mental health:
- Dynamics of infant and toddler development
- Protective factors in family environments
- Risk factors for mental health problems in family environments
- Social, emotional, and developmental difficulties of infants, toddlers, and their families
- Early screening and assessment
- Theories of treatment
- Home- and community-based intervention
- Diagnostic classification systems for mental health disorders in young children
- Collaborative service approaches
Twenty-five graduate credits are accrued over six quarters of on-line and face-to-face instruction. Participants begin as a cohort and participate through the entire program together. An interprofessional team of faculty plans the curriculum content and provides mentoring support during the program. An individually tailored practicum experience is part of the program.
For students not seeking the graduate certificate, some courses can be taken individually with instructor permission.
Highlights of the program
- Interprofessional collaboration: Participate in an interdisciplinary model designed to provide optimal services to infants, toddlers, and their families.
- Practical experience: Apply classroom ideas to actual field practice through an individualized professional development practicum plan.
- Experienced instructors: Learn from mental health practitioners and Portland State University and Oregon Health & Sciense University faculty currently implementing and studying aspects emphasized in the program.
- Collegial environment: Network and support colleagues more effectively by participating in the entire program as an educational community.
- Distance delivery: For partially online courses, decide when to study and interact with your professors and classmates—days, evenings, or weekends—anywhere there's a personal computer and an internet connection. Campus meetings are held on one weekend per term.
Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a Graduate Certificate in InfantToddler Mental Health.
Length of Program
Intended time to complete: 6 terms
% of graduates who completed on time: 92%
Jobs related to this program
Special Education Teachers, Preschool: 25-2051
Special Education Teachers, All Other: 25-2059
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