The Online Certificate in Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Family Leadership prepares caregivers of young children as front-line peer support and community health workers. The coursework is designed to strengthen students’ understanding of early childhood mental health and family development through various methods of instruction from experienced instructors and national experts.
Students will gain practical experience by integrating coursework content with hands-on experiences, ranging from individual self-care to service delivery, so they are better prepared to support and empower other caregivers and work equitably in the communities they serve. Students will leave this program with the skills, knowledge, and motivation to effectively promote and support early childhood mental health and family resiliency with their peers as community health workers.
Ideal for: Caregivers of young children
Caregivers of young children
Duration: 9 months
Semester of Entry: Fall
Semester of Entry
Upon successful completion of the certificate, you will be able to:
Identify certificate program requirements and expectations for completion.
Describe the roles of community health workers and peer support.
Articulate a foundational knowledge of infant and early childhood mental health and development.
Discuss developmental milestones from prenatal to age 8.
Explore the broader cultural and community contexts within which early childhood development occurs.
Identify strategies for self-care and coping with stress (e.g., breathing exercises, journaling, walking, mindful eating, mindful driving, etc.).
Conduct motivational interviews and utilize other verbal/non-verbal communication skills.
Identify ways to apply key concepts of racial equity and anti-racist practices in your role as a peer supporter.
Identify different types of trauma.
Identify and understand strategies to engage and assist families in care coordination.
Apply knowledge and skills gained in the course to actual work situations relevant to early childhood mental health and development within relevant settings.
Testimonials from current students and alumni.
This certificate program values the lived experience of families, while also bridging the gap between community needs and the workforce pipeline. Core components of this evolution include flexibility, experiential learning, practical skill-building, and a common language to discuss ways to promote health equity in communities.
Matthew Biel, M.D.
Certificate in Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Family Leadership
During the Fall 2021 semester, professional development and certificate classes will be offered in two formats: Live Online and Online. 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 on which format is best for you, please contact Program Support at email@example.com.
The Certificate in Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Family Leadership 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 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?
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.
Matthew Biel, MD, MSc, is Professor, Vice Chair, and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Biel has clinical interests ... Read more
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How to Apply
Application Opens—Jan 1
The Certificate in Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Family Leadership is a cohort-based, competitive program with a 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
Please review the refund policies in our Student Handbook before completing your registration.
You must hold a high school/general education diploma with lived experience. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree or higher are also encouraged to apply as the educational space is blended with educators, family engagement specialists, social workers, and infrastructure builders from diverse professional settings.
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 Certificate in Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Family Leadership has received a grant award from the Perigee Fund for the Fall 2021 term. The application is free and applicants are not obligated to pay tuition by applying to the program. Approved applicants will be contacted to discuss scholarship availability.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 687-2500.
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