Understanding Early Social and Emotional Development

Using an infant mental health framework deepens our understanding of the social and emotional development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers within their circles of care. In this course, learn how early experiences – positive, stressful, and traumatic – may impact social and emotional development at different ages and over time. Learn to use an infant mental health framework in observations and your professional work with young children and families.

What to expect

  • Understand the social and emotional developmental needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  • Understand the role relationships play in a young child’s development with a special focus on attachment theory.
  • Gain an understanding of the different kinds of stress a young child may experience.
  • Learn how different kinds of stress may impact development and how we can help children build resilience in the face of stress.
  • Become familiar with and able to describe ways to apply an infant mental health framework in professional work.
  • Learn to use an infant mental health framework in observations of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Who should register

  • Early childhood educators
  • Special education educators and practitioners
  • Social workers
  • Nurses
  • Pediatricians
  • Home visitors
  • Others working with young children ages birth to five

Meet the instructors

Mary HarrisonMary Harrison

Mary Harrison, Ph.D., LICSW, IMH-E® (III-C) works for the Center for Early Education and Development and specializes in infant mental health and reflective supervision/consultation.

Alyssa MeuwissenAlyssa Meuwissen

Alyssa Meuwissen, Ph.D., works for the Center for Early Education and Development and specializes in child development and executive function.

Cost

  • For 84 clock hours: $795 registration fee plus required textbook

Required text book

Landy, S. (2009). Pathways to Competence: Encouraging Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children, 2nd Edition. Brookes Publishing Co: Baltimore, MD.

Upcoming sessions

Spring 2018: March 12 to May 14. Register by March 7. (Registration opens at a later date)