The Certificate in Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health is a comprehensive program for professionals seeking to deepen their clinical knowledge and experience working with parents and young children. Participants will have the opportunity to review, discuss, and synthesize cutting-edge materials and learn from luminaries in the infant mental health field.
With a combination of monthly live presentations, reflective dialogue, and asynchronous learning, participants will engage in dynamic discussions with thought leaders and peers from around the country. Central to the program is an anti-racist approach when working with families and children. Additionally, the program intentionally integrates diversity, equity, and culture throughout the program. The program provides networking opportunities, leveraging connections that have been built among the faculty with infant and early childhood mental health professionals across the country and in the Washington, D.C., area.
Ideal for: Mental health clinicians and educational professionals
Mental health clinicians and educational professionals
Duration: 9 months
Format: Live Online
Semester of Entry: Fall
Semester of Entry
Upon successful completion of the certificate, you will be able to:
Analyze the history, theory, and critical concepts in infant and early childhood mental health.
Understand child development from birth to five, symptoms that emerge during this time period, and risk factors for atypical development.
Identify assessments and screeners available to use during early childhood; learn the diagnostic categories for 0-5-year-olds and how to apply them through case discussion and real-world experience.
Identify opportunities for prevention of mental and neurodevelopmental disorders and interventions that are used in early childhood to mitigate outcomes with an emphasis on the early effects of trauma.
Recognize areas of need and how to deliver culturally competent care, and gain insight into multiple systems that interact with infants and young children.
Recognize how parent-child interactions and ecological systems shape brain development.
Testimonials from current students and alumni.
This certificate program provides varied opportunities for learners to gain important insights and learn from leaders at Georgetown and their national partners. The program is in the vanguard of bringing together theory with an understanding of community partnerships and family engagement as well as real world practical applications to help young children and their families flourish.
Emily Aron, M.D.
Certificate in Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health
Beginning in the Fall 2023, the IECMH clinical certificate will be offered using two formats: Live Online (synchronous) and Online (asynchronous). Live Online classes are taught in real-time by Georgetown instructors using Zoom video conferencing. Online classes are taught using Canvas, our learning management system, and can be completed at your own pace. Both formats are designed to provide our professional learners with a high-quality, engaging educational experience. For more information about these learning experiences please contact Program Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Certificate in Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health is offered in a Flex Learning environment using live Zoom video conferencing to mirror a more traditional classroom with regular interaction, engaging activities, and the dynamic exploration of topics and concepts.
You must successfully complete the required course for a total of 18.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which is equivalent to 180.0 contact hours. The course must be completed within the 9-month time frame.
What Is Live Online Learning?
Georgetown faculty deliver exceptional educational experiences based on a human-centered approach that integrates the needs of professional learners and the possibilities of technology. Live online classes are kept small to support interactive engaged learning and collaboration.
Emily Aron, MD, is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with a particular interest in infant and early childhood mental health. After completing her general residency at the Icahn School ... Read more
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How to Apply
Application Opens—May 1
The Certificate in Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health is a cohort-based program with a competitive selective admission process. An application is required to enroll in the program. A completed application will include the following documents:
Completed application form
Statement of Purpose
A minimum of a master's degree in mental health (counseling, social work, psychology, family therapy, etc.) preferred.
At least two years of supervised clinical experience (during mental health graduate training or post-graduate).
Currently working in the mental health or related field.
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You must hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in order to enroll in our certificate programs. For each cohort, an application review committee offers admission to a diverse group of students to enrich the classroom experience.
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International students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in certificate courses. However, Georgetown University cannot sponsor student visas for noncredit professional certificate programs.
A TOEFL examination is not required for non-native speakers of English but students are expected to read, write, and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program.
Students from most countries may register for our online certificate programs, however, due to international laws, residents of certain countries are prohibited from registering.
Tuition & Funding
The application is free and applicants are not obligated to pay tuition by applying to the program. There are a limited number of scholarship funds available. If you are interested in applying for scholarship funding please indicate so in your application. Approved applicants will be contacted to discuss scholarship availability and need.
Noncredit professional certificates do not qualify for federal financial aid, scholarships, grants, or needs-based aid. However, several finance and funding options do exist, as listed below.
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Eligible Georgetown employees may use their Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) benefits to fund 90% of the certificate program tuition—employees will be invoiced for the remaining 10% of tuition and must pay any other charges associated with their certificate program. Employees using TAP benefits may work directly with the HR Benefits Office to ensure payment prior to the start of any course. This payment option is only valid if registration occurs at least 10–14 business days prior to the start date of the first course. Any fees incurred due to course withdrawal are the student’s responsibility and are not funded by Georgetown University TAP. For questions regarding TAP benefits, please contact the HR/Benefits Office at email@example.com or (202) 687-2500.
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The professional certificate programs offer an interest-free payment plan for certificate programs that are more than one month in duration and for which the total tuition is greater than or equal to $4,000. The payment plan is structured in the following manner:
Payment #1: A down payment of 25% of the total tuition balance must be paid online (within 72 hours after you register and select Payment Plan) via the Noncredit Student Portal. Please submit your down payment as soon as possible.
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Some students choose to finance certificate programs with private education loans. Students are responsible for contacting lenders directly to find out if a noncredit professional certificate program is eligible for a loan. While Georgetown University will not recommend specific lenders, it will certify loans for eligible programs from approved lenders.
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