Introduction to Infant Mental Health

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.

Note: Take this course as a stand-alone course or apply it to the Supporting Early Social and Emotional Development Credential.

Register

Earn 42 clock hours

Cost: $435 registration fee plus required textbook

Early bird rate of $395 if you register for Spring 2019 by December 15. 

  • Spring 2019 (February 18 to April 22, 2019). Register by February 11, 2019. Early bird rate if you register by December 15!

Register for Spring 2019

  • Registration for Summer 2019 (June 3 to August 5, 2019) opens December 15, 2018. Register by May 27.

Learning objectives

  • Get an introduction to infant mental health principles.
  • Learn about the risk and protective factors that influence development.
  • Examine the role and function of an infant mental health specialist.
  • Gain an understanding of the unique experiences of infants and caregivers.
  • Explore using observation and reflective practice in work with families.

Who should register

  • Professionals interested in the field of infant mental health and intervention with infants, toddlers, and families

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
  • Promoting social and emotional development
  • Relationships with families
  • Promoting cognitive development
  • Observing, recording, and assessing development
  • Assessing and using information to plan

Meet the instructors

Headshot of Tracy SchreifelsTracy Schreifels

Tracy Schreifels, M.S., LMFT, IMH-E® (III), is the mental health specialist for Reach Up Inc., a Head Start agency in St. Cloud, Minn. In this position, she provides support to children, parents, and staff to promote social and emotional development for children ages birth to five. Prior to this position, she was a preschool teacher and worked in a day treatment program for preschool children with mental health disorders.

Londa WagnerLonda Wagner

Londa Wagner, M.S., LMFT, IMH-E® (III), is the mental health specialist for the St. Cloud Area School District early childhood programs in St. Cloud, Minn. In this position, she provides support to children, parents, and staff to promote social and emotional development for children ages birth to five. Prior to this position, she worked as an outpatient and in-home therapist in a community mental health agency.

Required textbook

Shirilla, J., & Weatherston, D. (Eds.)(2002). Case Studies in Infant Mental Health: Risk, Resiliency, and Relationships. Washington, D.C.: Zero to Three.

Note: This book is available through Barnes & Noble and Gryphon House.

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 ander352@umn.edu.

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.