Objectives & Goals

The IPMHPCP consists of 12 intensive 3-day weekends of training in the form of interactive and dynamic-didactic/classroom hours, taking place over a two-year time period. Each session will address larger topic areas within the field of Infant-Parent Mental Health and include theoretical foundations and research, assessment, and video-tape observation with a heavy emphasis on clinical application of the material and dyadic parent-infant psychotherapy.

Course Objectives

The IPMHPCP intends to have an immediate and lasting impact on communities through an intense involvement of Fellows in programs serving children age 0-5. The Course Objectives are to train an interdisciplinary group of professionals to:

  • Support and employ promotion, prevention, and early intervention strategies to optimize social-emotional and cognitive development, and the relationship of infants and their caregivers;
  • Provide consultation and advocacy in a variety of settings, including schools, child care, pediatric practices, home visiting programs, etc.;
  • Forward, support, and develop policies that address the primacy of early relationships as fundamental to lifelong individual and community health, well-being, and learning;
  • Improve access within communities to a wider range of assessment and intervention modalities through professionals that are skilled and qualified to administer and interpret assessments, and plan and implement interventions;
  • Increase awareness of the dynamics involved in comprehensive assessment of infants, children and their caregivers, including development, mutual and self-regulatory capacities, and the attachment relationships, and in the development of comprehensive service plans to address prevention, early intervention, and treatment needs;
  • Within the scope of the provider’s discipline and licensing, treat infants, young children and/or parents with various emotional, social and constitutional disorders;
  • Use the Diagnostic Codes for 0-3 (DC:03R), DSM-IV, and ICLD diagnostic codes in the evaluation and diagnostic process and,
  • Develop community-based interdisciplinary teams able to provide preventive interventions, screening and comprehensive evaluation and assessment, develop and implement intervention plans for children 0-5 and their parents, and influence policy development related to IPMH.

Learning Goals

The IPMHPCP goals are to prepare individual professionals who:

  • Are highly skilled and invested in infant-parent work;
  • Have an integrated understanding of infant-parent relationships, regulatory, and social-emotional/mental health concepts and theories;
  • Have an understanding of the major theorists, researchers, and clinicians in the area of social-emotional development, infant-parent mental health, and infant-caregiver relationships;
  • Are invested in an interdisciplinary approach to promotion, prevention, screening, assessment, treatment, monitoring, and policy development; and,
  • Are able, within their scope of practice, to provide promotion, prevention, screening, assessment, treatment, and monitoring of children age 0-5, their parents and other caregivers.

Join our next cohort in January 2018!

The next IPMH fellowship will begin in January 2018. If you're interested in joining the cohort, please email Applications are now available. We will accept fellows on a rolling basis until the class is filled, after which time, a waiting list will be compiled of qualified applicants. Click here for application. Read More