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Didactic Seminars

The seminars cover a variety of topics, including normal infant and early childhood development, temperament, normal pregnancy and pregnancy loss, high-risk infants and parents, developmental psychopathology (including attachment disorders, failure to thrive, and behavior problems), the impact of child abuse and neglect, developmentally appropriate assessment, diagnosis and treatment of infants and toddlers, the treatment of infant-parent psychopathology, and mental health consultation in early childhood settings.

 Survey of Infant and Early Childhood Assessment

A 4-week training that provides a background on developmental assessment, how to approach the consultative process, and training on the Mullen Scales of Early Development with ongoing supervision.


 Clinical Case Conference

Weekly supervision attended by Harris fellows to share clinical experiences from their primary training sites as well as to present and discuss difficult cases with faculty supervision. 2

 Perinatal Seminar

Focuses on bonding, attachment, high-risk perinatal status, developmental care, pregnancy loss, and consultation to the NICU.3

 Core Reading Seminar

Provides an overview of child development, diagnosis and disorders, and clinical treatment issues in the first 5 years of life. 4

 Mental Health Consultation and Supervision in Early Childhood Seminar

Provides an introduction to the concepts of mental health consultation for early childhood settings (i.e., childcare, primary care, developmental early intervention programs and early childhood education settings). Includes training and readings on reflective supervision.


 Survey of Dyadic Assessment and Treatment Tools

Provides information on different assessment and intervention techniques to use with parents of young children.


 Diagnostic Case Review

Discussion of clinical cases from trainees’ clinical sites, focusing on diagnostic and treatment issues and using the Diagnostic Classification system (DC: 0-3R) to develop diagnostic formulations.


 Infant Mental Health Topics

Provides more in-depth information on certain infant mental health topics that were briefly covered in the other seminars and exposes fellows to local resources that offer specialized services to parents and young children.


 Diversity-Informed Practice in Infant Mental Health

Topics include religious diversity, LGBT families, poverty, discrimination, babies with special health care needs, fatherhood, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, and  transcultural issues with attachment, childbirth, feeding, sleeping, and crying. 


 Training Committee

Monthly meetings between Harris Program directors and fellows to discuss various issues related to the training program and the fellows' experiences. 10