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Introduction to Infant Mental Health

Earn 42 clock hours

Next Session: June 5 to August 7, 2017

This course is designed for professionals interested in an introduction to the field of infant mental health and intervention with infants, toddlers, and their parents. Readings, video, and observational tasks are included to familiarize students with the foundations of infant mental health and direct work with infants and parents. While not a clinical class, this course introduces the role and function of the infant mental health specialist and the use of relationship and reflection in work with families.

International students are welcome!


Module 1: Introduction to the Infant Mental Health Principles

Module 2: Birth to Three is a Unique Period of Development

Module 3: Risk and Protective Factors that Influence Development

Module 4: Usng Observation and the Importance of Relationships

Module 5: The Need for Multiple Lenses and Collaboration

Module 6: Unique Experiences of Infants and Caregivers

Module 7: Reflective Practice as a Way of Being

Module 8: Group Care of Infants and Toddlers

Module 9: Infant Mental Health is an Integrative, Multi-disciplinary Field of Research and Practice


For 42 clock hours: $400 registration fee plus required textbook

Registration Information

To register for clock hours:

  1. Please read important information in About Online Courses.
  2. Register and pay online. You will receive a confirmation of registration.
  3. You will be emailed getting started instructions, including how to access the course site, on the Friday before the session begins.

Required Textbook

Please purchase the required textbook prior to the start of the session:

  • Shirilla, J., & Weatherston, D. (Eds.)(2002). Case Studies in Infant Mental Health: Risk, Resiliency, and Relationships. Washington, DC: Zero to Three.

Tracy Schreifels, Instructor

Tracy SchreifelsTracy Schreifels, MS., LMFT, IMH-E® (III) is the Mental Health Specialist for Reach Up Inc., a Head Start agency in St. Cloud, MN. In this position, she provides support to children, parents, and staff to promote social and emotional development for children birth-5. Prior to this position, she taught as a preschool teacher and has had experience working in a day treatment program for preschool children with significant mental health disorders. Tracy has extensive background knowledge in challenging behaviors and early childhood development.


Testimonials from Past Participants

  • "This is an excellent course. I will highly recommend it to my peers."
  • "I learned much more than I expected and found the variety of professionals taking the class interesting. It is a great way to gain information when working full-time. I would definitely take another online course from CEED."
  • "The video segments were very, very much appreciated. They helped bridge the difference between a conference and learning via computer or book."
  • "Great information and I have recommended this course to others with whom I work."
  • "I enjoyed the course. It offered information and guidance that I could apply to my job. I thought that the readings were interesting and the observation activities gave me insight on the skill that is required for Infant Mental Health providers."
  • I want to thank you for all of your effort in making [this course] a positive experience. In addition to the help in my professional life, the article "Angels in the Nursery" was incredibly helpful for me in my personal life. So, I wanted to let you know what an impact your efforts had on me."
  • "I am so excited to have had the opportunity to participate in this wonderful learning experience."
  • "I enjoyed the class and feel as though I had real live conversations with both of you, the other students and, most of all, the parents in the book. This class experience is already enhancing my home visits in the Birth to three early intervention program."

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Upcoming Sessions

  • Summer 2017: June 5 to August 7, 2017
  • Fall 2017: October 2 to December 4, 2017


Contact Karen Anderson, CEED Online Course Manager, at or 612-625-6617.

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