Introduction to Infant Mental Health

Upcoming sessions

  • This course will next be offered fall 2018.

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.

What to expect

  • 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

Meet the instructor

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.


  • For 42 clock hours: $395 registration fee plus required textbook

Required textbook

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