I370 – Foundations of Infant Mental Health

2 Credit Hours

This course will provide an historical, theoretical, and
empirical overview of the field of infant mental health. The
different definitions and parameters of infant mental health
will be explored, from promotion to prevention, intervention
and treatment. Classic literature will be revisited, including
the evolution of the concept from early infant psychiatry to
the pioneering work of Selma Fraiberg to modern conceptions
that focus on the promotion of social-emotional well
being in the early years. The empirical basis to practice
will also be examined, focusing on how important theories of social development (e.g., attachment, temperament) are
applied to infant mental health work. Emphasis is placed
on how infant mental health principles provide a foundation
for work with infants, toddlers, and families across all settings
and disciplines.

Programs that require this course: