Infant Mental Health: Theory to Practice©

A eleven-week, multidisciplinary training on the theory and practice of Infant Mental Health. Focus on attachment and psychodynamic theoretical foundations, reflective capacity, trauma, separations and loss, assessment, intervention and the social/emotional/attachment development from ages 0-3 years. Training is both didactic and reflectively experiential.

Training sessions are typically offered three times per year (Winter, Summer, and Fall), virtually and/or in-person. This results in 17 hours of face-to-face training and includes approximately 6 hours of independent learning (e.g.: assigned readings, learning exercises) outside of meeting times. Please note that Continuing Education Units are not available for readings and learning activities.

DC: 0- 5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood
The DC:0-5 Training is for clinicians and leaders from fields of mental health, health and early intervention. This training meets for three, 4-hour sessions, and provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, approaches in diagnosis from an Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health perspective which is developmentally informed, relationship-based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well as understand the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders. SPCC’s IECMH Training (11 or 7 session IMH: Theory to Practice) or equivalent is a prerequisite for the DC:0-5 Training.

Customized Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training
The Mary Ellen Institute is available to customize IECMH-related training for teams and organizations that range in length and intensity. Some examples of training available include Introduction to IECMH; Trauma in Infancy & Early Childhood; Grief & Loss in Infancy & Early Childhood; Assessment; Clinical Interventions; Infant Mental Health Diversity Informed Tenets; IECMH & the Perinatal Period; Attachment; Self-Awareness, Reflection & Self-Care.