Bridging Education and Mental Health (BEAM): Blending Frameworks to Create Child-Specific Interventions

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. It explores the causes of maladaptive behavioral patterns in children’s actions and interactions and provides strategies to address them.


Earn 42 clock hours

Cost: $435 registration fee plus required textbook

Early bird rate of $395 until December 15, 2018 for the spring 2019 session! Purchase required textbook.

  • Spring 2019 (March 18 to May 20, 2019). Register by March 11. Early bird rate available.

Register for Spring 2019

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • compare and contrast the different philosophies explaining why children engage in challenging
    behavior and the origins of intervention
  • overview typical social/emotional development
  • describe the philosophies and theories associated with the BEAM module
  • explore relationships between teachers and their colleagues and the families with which they
  • explore tools to support emotional literacy
  • examine functional behavioral assessment, including specific definitions of terminology and
    process for gathering and summarizing the information

Who should register

  • Early childhood professionals

This online course is approved by the Minnesota Center for Professional Development to count toward career lattice steps. It also is approved by the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) for their members (ICEA accepts a maximum of 24 clock hours per course).

What to expect

  • The course is instructor-led with feedback and interactions provided.
  • All activities and assignments for this course are asynchronous and online. Nothing takes place in real time.
  • You have access to the course site 24/7 and can fit your work on the course into your schedule.
  • Activities and assignments include readings, videos, discussion board, recording videos using an online tool called FlipGrid, and reflection papers.
  • You are expected to participate fully and abide by weekly submission due dates for assignments and activities.

Knowledge and competency framework areas

  • Child development and learning
  • Creating positive learning experiences
  • Promoting cognitive development
  • Observing, recording, and assessing development
  • Assessing and using information to plan

Meet the instructors

Headshot of Cynthia CroftCynthia Croft

Cynthia Croft is director of the Center for Inclusive Child Care at Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn., where she also serves as faculty in the College of Education. She is adjunct faculty at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College and teaches for the Minnesota online Eager To Learn program. She has her M.A. in education with an early childhood emphasis. She has authored The Six Keys: Strategies for Promoting Children’s Mental Health in Early Childhood Programs and co-authored Children and Challenging Behavior: Making Inclusion Work with Deborah Hewitt. In addition, she has edited two children’s books series, Helping Youth with Mental, Physical, & Social Challenges for Mason Crest Publishers.

Christopher Watson Head shotChristopher Watson

Christopher Watson, Ph.D., IMH-E®(IV), focuses on professional development, particularly reflective supervision, to support practitioners working with young children and their families. Dr. Watson was director of the Minnesota Infant Mental Health Project and conducted the Minnesota Infant Mental Health Feasibility Study, interagency initiatives funded by the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services. Dr. Watson holds Level 4 Endorsement in Infant Mental Health (IMH-E®[IV]) from the Minnesota Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and is a certified Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) trainer.

Required textbook

Koplow, L. (Ed.)(2007)(second edition). Unsmiling faces: How preschools can heal. New York: Teachers College Press.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation before Day 1 of the session: Full refund less $35 administrative fee
  • Cancellation Day 1 Week 1 through Day 1 Week 2: 75% refund less $35 administrative fee
  • Cancellation Day 2 Week 2 forward: No refund will be provided.

To cancel, send an email to Karen Anderson at

CEED reserves the right to refuse/cancel a registration due to low enrollment, a prerequisite not completed, or other circumstances making the registration nonviable. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants have the option to receive a full refund OR to transfer the registration to the same course held in a future session. CEED will accept substitutions for attendees.