Online Courses

Our online courses help professionals hone their skills in key areas of early education and development. Courses may be taken for continuing education clock hours.

View the 2017-18 Online Course Schedule

Bridging Education and Infant Mental Health

42 clock hours 

Find the common ground between behavioral and therapeutic approaches to help professionals support the healthy social-emotional development of children while addressing challenging behaviors. Course material expands upon both functional behavioral assessments and relationship-based teaching and explores the causes of maladaptive behavioral patterns in children’s actions and interactions.

Infant / Toddler Movement and Brain Development: Understanding the Critical Connection

42 clock hours 

Movement is essential for laying a strong foundation for brain development. In this course, learn how physical activity affects a child’s cognitive and social-emotional world. Understand the physical activities that support a positive developmental trajectory for each baby and toddler.

Introduction to Infant Mental Health

42 clock hours

Are you a professional interested in knowing more about the field of infant mental health? In this course, learn about the role of infant mental health specialists and the use of relationship and reflective practice in your work with families. This is not a clinical class.

Introduction to Reflective Supervision / Consultation (short course)

21 clock hours

In this two-week online course, develop a foundation of knowledge about reflective supervision/consultation in infant mental health. The course uses the Reflective Interaction Observation Scale (RIOS) as a framework.

Parent-Infant Pathways: An Educator’s Guide to Support Parents

84 clock hours 

Gain training in early infant development, parent education, and parent-infant relationships. Learn how to empower parents and demonstrate support. This course is ideal for professionals in fields including early education, early intervention, parent education, nursing, pediatrics, social service, and health care.

Premature Babies and Their Parents: Information for Early Interventionists

84 clock hours

Learn about parent experiences around premature birth and early intervention. Gain an understanding of the infant’s behavior and development and how prematurity affects the parent-infant relationship. Acquire information and strategies you can use to support each family based on their needs.

Preschooler Movement and Brain Development: Promoting the Critical Connection

42 clock hours

Explore how physical activity impacts a preschooler’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development. Learn about current influences teachers and parents face regarding children’s play and physical activity. With this course, you will be able to facilitate physical activities that are fun for preschoolers and set a tone for a healthy lifestyle.

Supporting Stressed Young Children Through Relationship-based Teaching

42 clock hours

Are you an early childhood educator who works with troubled children in preschool, child care, or early intervention settings? Learn how relationships with caring adults provide context for the growth and learning of young children. Understand how relationship history and trauma impact development, as well as how to use “reflective teaching” and “reflective collaboration” to better understand young children and offer appropriate interventions.

Understanding Early Social and Emotional Development

84 clock hours

Learn how to use an infant mental health framework to understand the social and emotional development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Understand how different kinds of early experiences – positive, stressful, and traumatic – impact social and emotional development at different ages and over time. In this course, you’ll have an opportunity to apply what you learn in practice.

Working with Parents: Considerations for Special Populations

84 clock hours

Explore the role of parents and parent-child relationships on child development. Examine interdisciplinary childhood mental health principles and strategies for working with parents of young children. Learn how early childhood mental health research informs work with parents with mental illness, chemical dependency, trauma, cognitive delays, and those who face other adversities.