The Yale-Riggs Infant & Family Mental Health Training Program Learning Objectives

Friday, April 10

Seminar One: What is Infant Mental Health?    

  • To define the scope of infant, toddler, and preschool mental health
  • To use  the ecological framework to develop an understanding of infants and young children within their families.
  • To describe brain structures and how the developing brain influences and is influenced by early experiences with caregivers,
  • To describe the impact of trauma on the developing brain

Seminar Two: The Interface of Adult and Child Mental Health During the Adjustment to Parenthood    

  • To describe mutual influences in parent infant interactions and regulatory functioning
  • To discuss current research regarding the links between adult mental health-parent child interactions-child mental 
  • To explain the concept of reflective functioning at the interface of adult and child mental health
  • To observe the baby’s communications during parent-infant interactions

Saturday, April 11

Seminar One: The developmental Trajectory: Inner and Outer Worlds in Perinatal Life and Infants, Toddlers and Preschool Children 

  • To summarize current theory in relation to infancy and early years’ normative psychosocial development and mental functioning
  • To discuss the understanding of mutual influences in parent infant interactions and regulatory functioning
  • To discuss the changes in parent-child interaction through toddlerhood and preschool years

Seminar Two: Trauma and Risk 

  • To outline the interrelationship between the lenses of trauma and attachment in understanding and assessing risk
  • To identify skills in assessment in the context of risk
  • To increase practitioners’ sensitivity and skills in working with traumatized parents and infants/young children 

Sunday, April 11

Seminar One: The Practitioner-Client Relationship

  • To summarize theories that explicate the practitioner-client relationship as a central influence in effecting change in the parent-infant relationship
  • To explain the interpersonal processes that support or interfere with the engagement and positive alliance with the adult and infant/young child
  • To outline systemic and cultural issues that may affect practitioner-client relationships

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