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.

Upcoming sessions

  • Register for Spring 2019 (March 18 to May 20, 2019). Register by March 11. Early bird rate if you register by December 15! 

What to expect

  • Gain an understanding of the philosophies and theories associated with early childhood education and infant and early childhood mental health.
  • Learn intervention strategies for children with varying needs, including typically developing children, children with disabilities, and children who have experienced trauma.
  • Learn how to develop and maintain positive relationships with children and colleagues.
  • Identify environments and experiences that enhance a child’s development.

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).

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.


  • Earn 42 clock hours
  • Early bird rate of $395 until December 15, 2018 for the spring 2019 session! Purchase required textbook.
  • $435 registration fee plus required textbook

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