About Our Program

The IPMHPCP is committed to inter-disciplinary training with a philosophical belief that young children and their families who seek treatment are best served within the context of professional relationships where referral and consultation are used to address specific issues while maintaining a comprehensive care approach. The IPMHPCP will enhance Fellows understanding of infant-parent mental health concepts and in the developing skills, relevant to their scope of practice, that support infants, children and their families in optimal social, emotional development through:

  1. Preventive interventions and programs,
  2. Direct interventions
  3. Interdisciplinary collaboration,
  4. Research,
  5. Consultation to providers and caregivers serving children, and,
  6. Advancement of public policy related to infant-parent physical, social, emotional and mental health.

The theoretical framework of the program is Tronick’s Mutual Regulation Model, ideas on meaning making, his work using dynamic systems theory and the dyadic expansion of consciousness hypothesis, in addition to other relational and neurodevelopmental models of infant social and emotional development (Brazelton, Perry, Siegel, and others). Therefore, throughout the IPMHPCP, the principal focus will be the infant-to-parent relationships and factors impacting these relationships. Learning will focus on the development of the infant-parent relationships and optimizing the functionality and resilience of these relationships through preventive interventions, assessment, monitoring, support, and treatment. Fellows will gain exposure to a range of assessment tools for diagnosing social-emotional, developmental, attachment-relationship, and regulatory conditions in infants and young children, and in screening for conditions in the parent and child that require referral for specialized assessment or treatment.

The following topics are a sampling of what will be covered in this program, representing a balance of theory, assessment and intervention:
The IPMHPCP is a program dedicated to the task of training practitioners to effectively treat the disorders of infancy and early childhood within the milieu of relationship and family. We believe it is the most exciting of challenges, and one that will have a long-term and profound impact on infants, parents and providers everywhere.

  • Dyadic Infant-Parent Psychotherapy
  • Regulatory Disorders of Infancy (Sleeping, Feeding, Crying)
  • Therapeutic Use of Videotape
  • Developmental Risk and Resilience
  • Neuro-relational Models of Development
  • Development of Mentalization and Mentalization-Based Therapeutics
  • Disorders of Relating and Communicating (Autism Spectrum Disorders)
  • Effects of Trauma on Infants and Young Children
  • Postpartum Depression and Infertility
  • Thinking about Difference; Influence of Culture
  • Issues related to Adoption
  • Sensory Processing Problems
  • Family Systems Thinking and Interventions
  • Neonatal Assessment
  • Diagnostic Classification System for Birth to Three

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 will be available in spring 2017. 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.