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.

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Earn 42 clock hours

Cost: Early bird until January 11: $495; after January 11: $525. The purchase of the textbook is additional.

February 8 to April 12, 2021. Register by February 3.

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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

Tracy SchreifelsTracy Schreifels

Tracy Schreifels, MS., LMFT, IMH-E (III) is an Infant Mental Health Specialist and Executive Director at Ellison Center. She provides outpatient clinical services to families with young children as well as reflective consultation services to early childhood and home visiting programs across Minnesota. Her past experiences of teaching and providing mental health consultation in Head Start, working in a preschool day treatment program, and her clinical work with parents and children serves as a foundation for her trainings. Tracy also teaches online for the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota and provides trainings around the Midwest. In addition, Tracy serves as the Co-Chair of the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health-Infant and Early Childhood Division Advisory Board. She is passionate about sharing her background knowledge in challenging behaviors and early childhood development with caregivers of young children.

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, Minnesota. In this position, she provides assessment and support to children and parents, and works with early childhood staff to promote social and emotional learning and development for children ages birth to five. She has extensive experience in the field of mental health within schools, as well as in the community.  She has experience providing community outpatient family therapy, and currently works in a private practice providing in-home family therapy to children and families who have experienced complex trauma. Londa provides reflective consultation to several different groups of professionals that work with young children. She is a founding member and serves on the Board of Directors of the Ellison Center in St. Cloud, MN.

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 in book form or digital form on the Zero to Three website.

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.

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