Santa FE, NM -- (ReleaseWire) -- 10/25/2012 -- They may be too young to voice their concerns, but prevailing wisdom indicates mental health issues that present in infants can cause expensive or even dangerous problems later in life. However, by treating early, it is possible to prevent the negative side effects from infant attachment and trauma. It is with prevention in mind that Southwestern College in Santa Fe is crafting an advanced certificate program for Infant Mental Health.
Infant Mental Health is a burgeoning field and one that has gained extensive attention internationally, nationally and statewide in New Mexico. The study and the direct application of decades of research form the basis for a series of advanced clinical seminars that will be offered through the college. In these sessions, participants will learn about infant mental health, and the science and research regarding assessment and intervention formulations. The lectures will build on the foundations of infant mental health to explore evaluation and treatment approaches that address infant disorders and dyadic dysfunction.
To offer this series of lectures the school has been working with Infant Mental Health experts Deborah Harris and Jane Clarke. They have also been coordinating with Soledad Martinez from the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department. The goal is to have a partially state-funded program for training available through the college, as well as a certificate-granting curriculum in the field. Southwestern College is co-sponsoring this series with the NM Children, Youth and Families Department, Optum Health, and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and Training.
The seminars that are planned will address many of the New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health competencies, and include such topics as Attachment, Meaning-Making, Caregiver-Child Dyadic Interaction, Parental Appreciation of Infant Mental States, The Neurobiology of Trauma, Developmentally-Informed Interventions as well as other topics. The classes will take place over four extended weekends in 2013 from January through April. Participants are expected to attend the entire series and applications are required as space will be limited. Scholarship opportunities are available, with a discounted rate available to those who do not qualify for full scholarship.
Successful completion of the series will earn attendees an “Advanced Clinical Certificate in Infant Mental Health”. The seminars can also count toward the “Childrens Mental Health Certificate Program” offered through Southwestern College. For more information please see: http://swc.edu/applying-to-certificate-specialty-programs/childrens-mental-health-certificate/advanced-infant-mental-health-certificate/
Southwestern College is a progressive, holistic, and integrative graduate institution in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Students undergo advanced academic coursework that follows national standards for the Counseling and Art Therapy professions, all while being immersed in a holistic healing environment and benefitting from small class sizes. Studies range from the transformational to the clinical. Students are exposed to hands on work in their field while also doing deeply self-reflective work, such as vision quests, to increase their self-awareness.
Now in its 33rd year, Southwestern College’s mission is “Transforming Consciousness though Education”. Southwestern is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the American Art Therapy Association (AATA).
About Southwestern College
Southwestern College can be reached by phone at 877-471-5756 or online at http://www.swc.edu. Go to Infant Mental Health Certificate for more information.