Overview of Infant Mental Health: Neurobiology, Regulation and the Developing Brain 20 CEC contact hours / 2 quarter units
This course provides students with an overview and introductory understanding of Infant Mental Health, including working definitions and essential professional infant mental health competencies. Participants will engage in activities that will foster observation and reflection skills while increasing knowledge about brain development, sensory and regulatory systems, neurobiology of attachment, relationship formation, caregiver capacities, attachment and developmental trauma and its effects on the growing infant/toddler, caregiver-child dyad, and family system.
Focus on Attachment and Development: Use of Self, Theoretical Foundations, and Reflective Practices 20 CEC contact hours/ 2 quarter units
This course incorporates knowledge of neurobiology, attachment and development through use of the essential reflective component of infant mental health practice. Participants will be presented with an overview of attachment theory, domains of infant/child development, relationship formation, concepts of reflective supervision and parallel process. Students will become familiar with theoretical foundations, reflective practice, and the use of self in the context of infant mental health services. Participants will acquire skills in observing, listening, theorizing, and reflecting through multi-modal expressive arts activities.
Relationship as Client: Child-Caregiver Dyadic Interaction and the Family System 20 CEC contact hours/ 2 quarter units
This course offers an opportunity to deepen understanding and assessment of child-caregiver dyadic interaction as well as intervention and treatment approaches to providing services for this vulnerable population and their families. Participants will cultivate skills including observation and communication of relational assessment and interaction patterns within the child-caregiver dyad in the family system. Students will develop skills related to observation and reflection through examination of video, discussion, and expressive arts activities.
From Reflection to Action: Reflective Practice, Intervention, and Treatment 20 CEC contact hours/ 2 quarter units
This course offers knowledge and skills development related to exploration of reflective practice, trauma-informed interventions, treatment planning, and cultural awareness. Participants will become acquainted with methods of assessment, intervention and treatment. Students will explore and reflect upon skills development related to infant mental health competencies, such as multiple perspectives and diversity, and how to further incorporate and apply knowledge and skills in various settings. Knowledge and skills acquisition will proceed through expressive arts activities and discussion.