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Training Approach

 2018-2019 Harris Program Fellows 

Our Philosophy & Goals

    • Based on strong belief that there is an important role for highly trained infant mental health specialists to provide services to programs that serve infants, toddlers, and their families
    • Intended for advanced practitioners in mental health and related early childhood fields
    • Key components: assessment, differential diagnosis, intervention, and academic scholarship
    • Includes intensive clinical experience with infants and young children, extensive didactic seminars on core issues of infant mental health, and clinical supervision in groups and individually
    • Train professionals who teach and consult to infant programs and their staff as well as conduct direct intervention
    • Expected to work in academic and training settings, teach, supervise, consult, and pursue clinical research


  • Taught through didactic seminars, group supervision of clinical cases, and “hands on” experience conducting assessments
  • Includes exposure to standardized infant and parent-infant assessment tools, discussing observations of infants and their families, and viewing videotapes of sessions with infants
  • Use a family-centered and family-strengths perspective as well as understand the difficulties, challenges, and disorders that afflict infants and their families diagnostically
  • Use DC:0-3R to assess all areas of functioning (e.g., emotional, developmental, biologic, temperamental, and interactional capabilities) for a thorough evaluation of the child and family
  • In-depth training on the numerous problems seen in infancy through didactic seminars, presentations by visiting experts, and clinical group supervision
  • Focus on what is known about the cause and phenomenology of disorders, what assessment tools and pathognomonoic signs can help identify a disorder, and what is known about the natural history and treatment experiences of infants with various problems
  • Actively involved in planning and evaluating seminar curricula
  • Expected to become critical consumers of clinical and developmental research, and the research information is integrated and applied to interventions and philosophical thinking about infants and infant mental health
  • Opportunities also available to pursue clinical research training