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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Certificate Program

Institute of Child Development
Center for Early Education and Development
Irving B. Harris Foundation
University of Minnesota

Announcement

The application period for the IECMH Certificate Program for the fall 2016 cohort has closed. Thank you.

Program Description

The University of Minnesota Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Certificate Program is an intensive, interdisciplinary post-baccalaureate training program for professionals and students in domains of mental health, health, education, and early care. The program is designed to enhance the understanding of infant and early childhood mental health and promote the skills necessary to support the social emotional development of young children ages birth to five.    

The program serves to deepen the knowledge and skills of individuals working in prevention, intervention, program administration, and policy development and to prepare individuals to provide leadership in expanding the breadth and depth of relationship-based services and policies. The learning objectives of the program are aligned with the infant mental health practitioner competencies identified in the Infant Mental Health Endorsement program of the Minnesota Association of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (MAIECMH). The IECMH Certificate Program does not train individuals to become clinical professionals; it prepares practitioners to embed infant and early childhood mental health principles within their existing professional roles and practice settings. 

The IECMH Certificate Program is founded on a set of core theoretical principles of infant and early childhood mental health practice, asserting that services to families should be relationship-based, culturally sensitive, grounded in an understanding of developmental theory and research, with special attention to the effects of trauma, and supported by reflective practice. The program emphasizes the strong links between research and practice fostered at the Institute of Child Development and Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota, integrating the work of seminal researchers with the expertise of experienced field faculty from clinical and community-based settings.

The IECMH Certificate Program has its academic home at the Institute of Child Development (ICD), University of Minnesota.

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