SW 727 Infant Mental Health (Online Course)

3 credits

Infant Mental Health is a rapidly growing field that emphasizes the importance of supporting the developing parent-infant relationship and promoting secure attachments. This course will provide a foundation and overview of the important theories and assumptions underlying infant mental health, the evidence-based practices with infants, toddlers and families, and identification of appropriate interventions based upon the infant and family’s needs, cultural histories and capacities. Students will critically examine trauma-informed and human rights perspectives on how experiences of early childhood persist over time and how they may be summoned up again by the presence of a baby. The course will highlight the importance of self-reflection and self-awareness of one’s own experiences of early childhood, as well as cultural histories and capacities.