The Online Certificate in Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) provides advanced training for mental health clinicians in the specialized role of consulting in early childhood settings. You’ll learn approaches to promote mental health in the early childhood years and how the role of consultant is unique from other mental health clinician roles, as well as how consultation aims to build the capacity of early childhood professionals, settings, and systems to support young children’s mental health.
You’ll engage with national experts in the field of IECMHC and instructors from Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development, home of the Center of Excellence in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation. All faculty have created, implemented, and guided national IECMHC programs. You’ll leave the program equipped with the knowledge needed to effectively support well-being for young children, families, and professionals in early childhood settings in the consultant role. You will also develop a network in the field to promote and support your professional development.
Ideal for: Early childhood mental health consultants
Early childhood mental health consultants
Duration: 9 months
Class Times: Live one Friday per month & asynchronous online
Live one Friday per month & asynchronous online
Semester of Entry: Fall
Semester of Entry
Upon successful completion of the certificate, you will be able to:
Identify infant and early childhood mental health consultation frameworks and theories of change and how they are different from one-on-one therapy; describe the history of infant and early childhood mental health consultation and why it is needed.
Describe the current evidence base for infant and early childhood mental health consultation, childhood developmental milestones, and developmentally appropriate behavior.
Recognize areas of consultation focus at the child, classroom, and programmatic levels.
Recognize how to document consultation work so it can be quantified and develop a plan for sharing it with others, how assessment is integrated into and supported by consultation work, and develop an assessment plan.
Describe how culture (beliefs, values, attitudes, biases, and experiences), equity, and environment shape relationships and behaviors, and how they influence settings and communities in important and meaningful ways.
Identify supervision requirements for infant and early childhood mental health consultation beyond what is required for clinical licensure and describe approaches to supervision utilized in infant and early childhood mental health consultation.
Testimonials from current students and alumni.
Georgetown has been the national leader in infant and early childhood mental health consultation for decades and participants benefit from the faculty’s extensive experience in delivering and evaluating consultation services. Completion of this certificate recognizes a student’s specialized training in both promoting mental health for young children, as well as the unique role consultation plays in building the capacity of early childhood settings.
Neal Horen, Ph.D.
Certificate in Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
During the Fall 2023 semester, professional development and certificate classes will be consist of Live Online class and asynchronous Online assignments. Live Online classes are taught in real-time by Georgetown instructors using Zoom video conferencing. Asynchronous online assignments are completed through Canvas, our learning management system, and can be completed at your own pace. Certificate programs are designed to provide our professional learners with a high-quality, engaging educational experience. For more information, please contact Program Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Certificate in Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation 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 10.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which is equivalent to 100.0 contact hours. The course must be completed within the 9-month time frame.
What Is Live Online Learning?
Live online instruction is enhanced by incorporating various instructional practices and technology tools. Features such as Zoom video conferencing, breakout rooms, and chat allow for real-time interaction and collaboration among learners. Tools like Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Canvas Groups facilitate teamwork and information sharing within the learning community. Polling, surveys, and threaded discussion boards promote active engagement and the expression of opinions. It is important to foster social respect, privacy, and incorporate Jesuit values to create a supportive and inclusive online environment. By utilizing these practices and tools effectively, live online instruction can be engaging, interactive, and conducive to meaningful learning experiences.
Neal Horen is a Research Instructor at the Center for Child and Human Development and Director of the H.O.Y.A. clinic at the Center for Child and Human Development. He is ... Read more
How to Apply
Application Opens—Jan 1
The Certificate in Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation is a selective program with a competitive admissions process. For each cohort, an application review committee offers admission to a select and diverse group of students to enrich the classroom experience. A completed application will include the following documents:
Completed application form
Statement of Purpose
In order to ensure a baseline of knowledge and experience of professional learners in the cohort, applicants should have the following prerequisites:
A minimum of a master’s degree in a mental health field (e.g., psychology, counseling, social work) OR
Enrolled in a mental health field graduate program
Mental health licensed or license-eligible (e.g., enrolled in graduate program with prior clinical experience)
At least two years of supervised clinical experience (during mental health graduate training or post-graduate)
Currently working in mental health or related field.
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