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Infant Mental Health Certificate

Become a highly-skilled practitioner working from an infant mental health lens.

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Support Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Their Families

Learn how to support their social, emotional and relational development in a range of settings with infant mental health training.

Guide parent-child relationships through promotion, prevention, intervention, or consultation services. Support parents and children experiencing relationship challenges. Work with young children with social and emotional behavioral concerns and their caregivers. Learn to support infants, young children, and caregivers who have experienced trauma.

Online Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program Highlights

Work With an Internationally Recognized Infant & Early Childhood Faculty

18 Credit Hours

2 Years

Fall Term Start


$775 Credit Hour

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For Experienced Infant, Family and Mental Health Professionals Like You  

If you have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and three to five years of experience in a field related to child development or mental health this infant mental health certificate can deepen your practice and open doors for you.

You’re well-suited for this infant mental health training program if you work with infants and toddlers as a:

  • Licensed mental health clinician
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Supervisor or administrator
  • Consultant
  • Credentialed early intervention (EI) provider
  • Child development specialist
  • Family support specialist
  • Home visitor
  • Early childhood educator
  • Health professional (occupational therapists speech and language pathologists, pediatricians, nurse practitioners)

Hear from Our Alum

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Zenia Haynes
Infant Mental Health Certificate 2022
“ When I first entered the Erikson Infant Mental Health Certificate/Credential program, I did not perceive how the work I currently do could be impactful to the field of infant mental health. The beauty of the program is that it meets the student where they are, and using strength-based approaches and reflection, helps students to see what they can contribute to make the world a better place. ”
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Endorsement Crosswalk

As part of the Infant  Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program you will have the opportunity to obtain an Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health® supported by the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health (Alliance).

The Alliance and Erikson Institute have partnered to develop a co-branded crosswalk across the Infant Mental Health Certificate Program curriculum and the Competency Guidelines. This crosswalk provides a guide that will allow professionals to apply for a category of Endorsement that most aligns with their scope of practice, in a manner that is streamlined and efficient.


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Harris Scholarship covers 33% of Tuition Costs for 20 IECMH Students

Named in honor of businessman and philanthropist Irving B. Harris, one of Erikson’s founders. Harris scholarships are intended to encourage and support students who are most likely to have a significant impact in infant mental health.


  • Admitted to the Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate program for Fall 2024 term only
  • Submission of the matriculation fee
  • Open to U.S. and international students
  • Additional criteria may apply


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Look Into Erikson’s Robust Financial Support & Scholarship Options

With dozens of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, our team is here to help you make your graduate education more affordable.

Based on your unique professional goals, we can help you understand tuition and expenses, and identify possible financial support opportunities.

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Mary Reynolds, IECMH Certificate 2012, talks about filling the gap of early childhood development knowledge.

“I learned so much that filled in gaps of things that I needed to know — and knew I needed to know — but didn’t know where to find.”