Continuing Education Course in Infant Mental Health

The Foundations in Infant Mental Health continuing education course provides an introduction to Infant Mental Health.

This self-paced, 100% online course is for early care educators, early intervention providers, home visitors, social workers, and health providers, including occupational, physical, speech therapists, nurses, and medical doctors. The course is also for parents, caregivers, and anyone interested in promoting infant, toddler, and family wellbeing.

By completing this course, you will understand current research, theory, practice, and application of Infant Mental Health specific to supporting very young children and their important people.

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: Self-paced (most students report it takes 45-60 seat hours)
  • Course Format: 100% online
  • Time Commitment: Part-time
  • Term of Enrollment: Anytime. Simply pay online and begin today.
  • Application Deadline: None
  • Course Requirements: None. The course qualifies for Act 48 credits and serves as a prerequisite for the Certificate in Infant Mental Health in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. 
  • Price: $399

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Program Details

This continuing education ourse contains 15 modules aligned to meet educational criteria for Infant Family Associate and Infant Family Specialist tiers of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health®.

Modules include:

  • Introduction to Infant Mental Health
  • The Growing Brain
  • The Multicultural Practitioner
  • Factors that Affect Brain Growth and Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Attachment in Early Childhood Relationships
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Cognitive and Executive Functions
  • Understanding Infant and Early Childhood Behavior
  • The Critical Importance of Play
  • Birth, Parenthood and Risks
  • Early Childhood Stress, Maltreatment and Trauma
  • Working with Caregivers
  • The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Approach to Helping
  • The Reflective Early Childhood Provider



Additional Options

Students who complete this course have met a prerequisite toward our Certificate in Infant Mental Health.

More Information

For questions about the courses and program, please contact:

Robert Gallen, PhD, IMH-E
Applied Developmental Psychology Program Coordinator

Career Pathways

There are many career pathways in the field of Infant Mental Health, including the following positions:

  • Early Care Education Provider
  • Early Intervention Provider
  • Home Visitor
  • Any position promoting infant and early childhood mental health