Working with Parents of Young Children:
Considerations for Special Populations
Earn a Continuing Education Certificate (84 clock hours) or 2 Academic Credits
Participants will examine the transactional role of parents and parent-child relationships in child development as well as interdisciplinary childhood mental health principles and strategies for working with parents of young children. Participants will understand special considerations of how infant mental health research informs work with parents with mental illness, chemical dependency, trauma, and cognitive delays, as well as adolescent parents, foster, adoptive and kinship parents, and parents of children with special needs. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their professional role in the interdisciplinary field of early childhood mental health and how strategies and principles will inform their professional role.
Course Learning Objectives
In addition to the learning objectives above, participants will:
- Be introduced to the concept of adult attachment, the theory of intergenerational transmission of attachment, and its application to working with parents.
- Understand elements of “psychological reorganization” and neurobiological correlates of parenting which characterize the transition to parenthood.
- Understand parenting as a developmental construct paralleling the child’s development, the needs of parents at different stages of development, and the influence of culture and environmental factors on relationships and childrearing practices.
- Know the theoretical basis and skills for holding multiple perspectives in relationship-based practice and the need to consider the unique strengths, challenges, and needs of individual families.
This online course is approved by the Minnesota Center for Professional Development to count toward career lattice steps.
Next session: September 7 to November 9, 2015
Instructor Jane Ellison
Jane R. Ellison, LMFT, IMH-E®, is a community leader in early childhood mental health. She has more than thirty years experience working with young children and their families, including clinical work in private practice, parent education in Early Childhood Family Education, home visiting, family literacy, child abuse and neglect prevention programs and a domestic violence shelter. Ms. Ellison holds licensure in parent education, early childhood education, and Marriage and Family Therapy, a certificate in infant and early childhood mental health from the University of Minnesota and holds Clinical Level IV Infant Mental Health endorsement through MAIECMH. She is presently holding several positions, including clinical work with children birth through age five and their families in her private practice ‘Nurturing Possibilities,’ where she also provides reflective consultation and training. Ms. Ellison also currently hold positions as Project Manager for Greater St. Cloud Area Thrive, Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist for the Sauk Rapids/Rice ECFE, adjunct faculty at St. Cloud State University and within the University of Minnesota Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program.
Jane is CEED Affiliate Faculty in the area of Infant Mental Health. Jane authored and instructs the online course Working with Parents of Young Children: Considerations for Special Populations.
Instructor Michele Fallon
Michele Fallon, LICSW, IMH-E® (IV), Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, and co-chair of the Minnesota Association for infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, is a licensed clinical social worker endorsed at Level IV in infant and early childhood mental health through the MN Association of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (MAIECMH), of which she is currently co-chair. With 40 years of experience with young children and families across a variety of settings, Michele currently provides infant and early childhood mental health reflective consultation, supervision and training for home visitors, early care and education providers, foster parents, early childhood special education, and others working with young children and their families.
Michele authored and instructs a CEED online course called Working with Parents of Young Children: Considerations for Special Populations.
For 84 clock hours: TBD
For 2 academic credits: $800
To register for clock hours:
- Please read important information in About Online Courses.
- Register and pay online. You will receive a confirmation of registration.
- You will be emailed getting started instructions, including how to access the course site, on the Friday before the session begins.
To register for academic credit:
There is a two-step registration process. You must complete both steps in order to fully and completely register for this course. You will be emailed getting started instructions, including how to access the course site, on the Friday before the session begins.
- Degree-seeking students currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota may not use our for-credit courses toward their degree program. Should a currently enrolled student choose to register for academic credit, the student may be subjected to additional University fees.
- Degree-seeking students enrolled in schools other than the University of Minnesota wishing to use our course as an elective must directly seek prior approval from their degree program.
- Please read important information in About Online Courses.
- Register online.
- Complete and submit the Registration Request for Graduate Credit form. Closely follow the instructions on page 1 since they differ from what is listed on the form and the instructions on page 1 streamline the process for you. To register for fall session: This form must be received in CEED's office no later than August 24, 2015. CEED will obtain the appropriate approval signatures and forward your form to One Stop Student Services.
- When the University processes your request form, you will receive a confirmation from One Stop Student Services with information regarding your student account and payment. You must activate your student account for both payment and to use in logging into the course site.
- On the Friday before the session begins, you will be emailed getting started instructions, including how to access the course site.
Please purchase this textbook:
- Zeanah, C. (2009). Handbook of Infant Mental Health (3rd Edition). New York: The Guilford Press.
- Fall 2015: September 7 to November 9, 2015
Comments from Participants
- "This class was by far the most helpful class I have ever taken and I plan to share more with my colleagues to effect some significant changes in our programming and collaboration with other organizations."
If you have further questions or would like a sample syllabus, please contact Karen Anderson, CEED Online Course Manager, at 612-625-6617 or email@example.com.