Working with Parents: Using Infant Mental Health Principles to Support Special Populations
Former Title: Working with Parents of Young Children: Considerations for Special Populations
Earn 84 clock hours or 2 Academic Credits
Next session: February 13 to April 17, 2017
The primary caregiver/child relationship is a strong predictor of a child’s overall developmental outcomes. It is crucial for professionals working with young children and their primary caregivers to incorporate principles and strategies that are informed by Infant Mental Health Research and Practices. Students will explore the impact of the relationship of parents with mental illness, chemical dependency, trauma, cognitive delays, adolescent parents, foster, adoptive and kinship parents, parents of children with special needs. Students will have an opportunity to explore their professional role in the interdisciplinary field of early childhood mental health in order to further support children and their families.
Course Learning Objectives
In addition to the learning objectives above, participants will:
- Be introduced to the concept of adult attachment, the concept of attachment patterns being passed down through generations, and its application to working with parents.
- Understand the biological response between primary caregiver and their child.
- 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 importance of self reflection within relationship-based work and the need to consider the unique strengths, challenges, and needs of individual families.
- Explore their professional role in the interdisciplinary field of early childhood mental health, boundaries and indicators for referrals to other professional fields, and how principals in the course will inform their professional role
This online course is approved by the Minnesota Center for Professional Development to count toward career lattice steps.
International students are welcome!
Instructor Tracy Schreifels
Tracy 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.
Tracy teaches the CEED online courses Introduction to Infant Mental Health and Working with Parents: Considerations for Special Populations.
Instructor Angie Klinefelter
Angela Klinefelter, MS, is a licensed teacher of parents and children. She has a Masters Degree in Child and Family Studies and Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently working as a Parent Educator and home visitor for the St. Cloud School District Early Childhood Family Education Program. She has 20 years of experience working with children and families. Angela has specialized in the area of social emotional development of young child and the enhancement of parent child relationships.
Angie co-teaches the CEED online course Working with Parents: Considerations for Special Populations.
For 84 clock hours: $800 registration fee plus required textbook
For 2 academic credits: $800 tuition plus required textbook
- Spring 2017: February 13 to April 27, 2017
- Summer 2017: June 12 to August 14, 2017
- Fall 2017: September 18 to November 20, 2017
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. Complete the highlighted sections (e.g., do NOT register via OneStop; send your Grad Credit Request form to CEED, not the University.) Questions? Contact Karen Anderson at email@example.com). Please submit this form as soon as possible. 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 to make your payment.
- 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.
Testimonials 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."
Contact Karen Anderson, CEED Online Course Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-6617.