I372 – Infant Mental Health Practice: Developmental Intervention
As a foundation for infant mental health practice across settings, this course reviews a range of approaches to developmental intervention with young children with social/emotional, behavioral and developmental concerns and their families and addresses how the child’s and family’s strengths and vulnerabilities inform the intervention process. Emphasis is placed on the Developmentally Informed, Individual Differences Based, Relationship Focused Intervention (DIR) paradigm and floor time strategies as a comprehensive approach covering developmental capacities of the child, children’s individual differences in sensory, motor, and reactivity and the relationships that support development. Participants will learn to observe functional emotional developmental levels, understand individual sensory profiles, and implement floor time strategies indifferent settings. Participants will also learn to integrate behavioral strategies as needed to assist parents with their child’s development and with common behavior problems and regulatory issues such as sleeping, feeding, toileting, discipline, and coping with stress. The course is accompanied by a clinical seminar and can be credited toward a DIR Certificate.