Catalog 2012-2013 
    Apr 24, 2018  
Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Infant-Preschooler Mental Health Certificate

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CSPP offers two certificates that provide an in-depth, systematic and integrated curriculum in infant and preschooler mental health. The courses are offered both as post-graduate certificate coursework (IPM courses) and as elective coursework for graduate clinical students in the CSPP and CFT programs on several Alliant campuses (PSY courses). Only PSY courses count as elective credit towards the CFT or clinical doctorates. All courses (PSY and IPM) count towards the IPMH Certificates. Continuing Education credit is also provided for IPM coursework.

The Fundamentals in Infant-Preschooler Mental Health Certificate includes four courses that provide the fundamental bases of infant and preschooler mental health from an ecosystemic theoretical perspective. These courses are:

PSY7606 / IPM8501 Fundamentals of Infant Mental Health (3 units)
PSY7607 / IPM8502 Fundamentals of Preschooler Mental Health (3 units)
PSY8500 / IPM8503 Diagnostic Systems in Infant- Preschooler Mental Health (1 unit)
PSY8500 / IPM8504 Parent-Child Relationship Assessment (1 unit)

The Certificate in Infant-Preschooler Mental Health requires four additional classes, which, combined, satisfy the coursework standards for the California Endorsement set by the 2009 California Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health, Revised ( These courses are:

PSY8500 / IPM8505 Risk & Resiliency in IPMH (2 units)
PSY8500 / IPM8506 Biopsychosocial Factors in Prenatal & Infant-Preschooler Mental Health (2 units)
PSY8500 / IPM8507 Advanced Infant & Preschooler Mental Health (2 units)
PSY8500 / IPM8509 Reflective Process Seminar (Ethics & Professional Issues in IPMH) (1 unit)

Supplemental courses are also available, including Diversity Strategies in IPMH Practice, IPMH & Child Protective Services, Early Intervention in Perinatal Mood Disorders, and Reflective facilitation groups. Availability of courses in specific campus locations is dependent upon sufficient course enrollments. Several courses are available in a distance learning modality or a weekend format.

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