Who is this certificate for?

Infant mental health — promoting mental, emotional, and social development during infancy — has become one of the most important fields in early childhood. Erikson’s Irving B. Harris infant studies program prepares experienced infant/family specialists and mental health professionals who will work to support the emotional health and development of infants, toddlers, and families in a range of settings.

This program trains you to support parent-child relationships via assessment, intervention, and consultation in infant mental health. You will also be prepared to implement a relationship-based approach and to mentor others in working with infants and their families.

The program is designed for a wide range of professionals, including licensed mental health clinicians, credentialed early intervention (EI) providers, child development specialists, health professionals, and family support specialists with three years of experience working with infants and toddlers in these fields.

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This two-year program includes course work taken primarily in the evenings, as well as an internship and clinical supervision.

The internship takes place in an infant mental health setting and is completed concurrently with the yearlong course I375 – Infant Mental Health Practice: Parent/Child Relationships. In the clinical seminar, students apply infant mental health concepts in work with two families.

To be accepted to the program, applicants must meet the admission criteria for all Erikson programs and have a minimum of three years of experience working with infants, toddlers, and families. Mental health clinicians must be licensed in the state in which they practice. Developmental specialists and family support specialists must have a master’s degree.

Course Work

Program Director: Linda Gilkerson, Ph.D.

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