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Overview of Virginia’s Infant Mental Health Endorsement

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Infant Mental Health and Attachment: Promoting Relationships in the Lives of Families and Young Children

Course description

This post-bachelor’s degree professional development opportunity is designed to enhance professional practice and understanding of early social and emotional development. In five Saturday sessions, participants will explore relationship-based principles and practices as well as dig deeper into attachment and its impact on children’s overall development and school readiness.

The course fee includes all required reading materials.


This course meets competencies required for the Virginia Association for Infant Mental Health Endorsement for Culturally-Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health. Upon successful completion of the 25-hour course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from the VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education and Early Childhood Mental Health Virginia Initiative (ECMHVA)* based at the VCU Partnership for People with Disabilities.

*ECMHVA is a statewide initiative focused on the development, implementation and sustainability of a comprehensive and coordinated early childhood system of care for infant and early childhood mental health serving children birth through age five and their families/caregivers and providers.


10 a.m.-4 p.m. with one hour for lunch on your own

January 11, 2020 Session 1: Infant Mental Health Principles, History, Endorsement and Introduction to Attachment Theory & Practice
January 25, 2020 Session 2: Development & Attachment
February 15, 2020 Session 3: Brain Development, Attachment, Culture & Trauma
February 29, 2020 Session 4: Attachment’s Long-Term Impacts, Reflective Practice/Supervision, Indicators of Attachment Difficulties, Referral
March 7, 2020 Session 5: Promoting Attachment

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Who Should Attend

This course is designed for early childhood and other professionals working with children birth to age five in any discipline. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required.

Professionals appropriate for this course include early care and education teachers; home visitors; developmental specialists; occupational, speech or physical therapists; social workers; counselors; medical practitioners; early interventionists; special education teachers; university faculty; policymakers, and administrators.

If you have questions about whether this course would be beneficial to you, please contact the VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education at or (804) 828-1322.


This course is held at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU Virginia Treatment Center for Children, 1308 Sherwood Avenue, Richmond VA 23220. Parking information: Enter the Brook Road Campus via Sherwood Avenue. The entrance is on the Sherwood Avenue side of the building.

Continuing Education Units

Participants have the option to earn 2.5 Continuing Education Units (25 contact hours) for successful completion of the course for an additional fee of $30. If you would like to earn CEUs, select this option at registration.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

You may cancel your registration up until December 13, 2019, and receive a full refund minus a $35 credit card processing fee. After that date, no refunds will be given. Cancellations must be received via email at

In the unlikely event that this workshop is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including change or cancellation charges to include but not limited to airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

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Transfer Policy

Workshop registrations may be transferred to a different person if requested in writing via email at by December 13, 2019. The participant must meet all prerequisites or qualifications required by the program.


For registration questions, contact VCU OCPE at or call (804)-828-1322.
For questions regarding the course content, or the Virginia Endorsement for Infant Mental Health, please contact Bonnie Grifa at

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