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

Fall 2019 (September 23 to November 25, 2019). Register by September 16. Instructor: Londa Wagner

Cost: Early bird until August 12: $455, plus required textbook  | After August 12: $475 registration fee, plus required textbook.

Register for Fall 2019

Spring 2020 (February 17 to April 20, 2020). Register by February 10. Cost: $475 registration fee, plus required textbook. Registration opens soon. Instructor: TBD

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 areas

The early childhood competencies are those used by MN – ACHIEVE’s knowledge and competencies framework.

  • 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, MS, 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, MS, 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.

Questions?

Contact Karen Anderson, online course manager, at ander352@umn.edu or 612-625-6617.