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.

Upcoming sessions

  • Register for Spring 2019 (February 18 to April 22, 2019). Register by February 11, 2019. Early bird rate if you register by December 15!
  • Register for Summer 2019 (June 3 to August 5, 2019). Register by May 27. Registration opens December 15, 2018.

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 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.

Cost

  • Earn 42 clock hours
  • $395 Early bird rate for spring session only if you register by December 15, 2018
  • $435 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.

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.