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Introduction to Infant Mental Health

Earn a Continuing Education Certificate
- 42 clock hours

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.

The course is divided into eight modules:

Module 1: What is infant mental health?

Module 2: Infant mental health is an integrative, multi-disciplinary field of research and practice

Module 3: On being an infant mental health specialist

Module 4: Listening toward understanding: A cornerstone of working with infants and parents

Module 5: Observing infants

Module 6: Collaborations in infant mental health work

Module 7: Group care of infants and toddlers

Module 8: Relationship and reflection on infant mental health work

This training addresses competencies promoted through the Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®, Minnesota Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (MAIECMH).

This online course is also approved by the Minnesota Center for Professional Development to count toward career lattice steps and approved by the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) for their members (ICEA accepts a maximum of 24 clock hours per course).

Next Session: June 2 to August 4, 2014


$290 plus required textbook


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.

NOTE: If you desire a certificate for administrative clock hours, you must email a request to Karen Anderson at PRIOR to the start of the session. We must submit administrative clock hour requests to the Minnesota Department of Education and they will not accept requests after the course has begun.

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. Zero to Three.

Marit Appeldoorn, Instructor

Marit AppeldoornMarit Appeldoorn, MSW, LICSW, has a long-standing interest in infant and early childhood mental health, as well as interdisciplinary collaboration in group settings and working with families experiencing multiple levels of risk. She is on the adjunct faculty of the Augsburg College social work department, and has a private psychotherapy practice in Minneapolis. Marit is a 1996 graduate of Smith College School for Social Work.

Marit teaches CEED's online course Introduction to Infant Mental Health.


Comments 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 2014: June 2 to August 4, 2014
  • Fall 2014: This course will be on temporary hiatus until 2015.


If you have further questions or would like a copy of the syllabus, please contact Karen Anderson, CEED Online Course Manager, at 612-625-6617 or

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