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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 six sessions, participants will explore relationship-based principles and practices  and dig deeper into attachment and its impact on brain development, children's development across domains, school readiness, and relationships across the lifespan. The course includes 18 hours of instructor-led classwork and 10 hours of required work, for a total of 28 hours. The course fee includes all required digital reading materials.

Credentialing

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 28-hour course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from VCU 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 six and their families/caregivers and providers.

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Attendance and Participation

You are required to have your camera on during these sessions to allow for verified engagement. VCU expects that students limit outside distractions, remain in one location for the duration of the session (no driving/errands), and actively participate in group discussions and activities. Participants must attend the full workshop to receive a certificate of completion.

Workshop Requirements

Participants are expected to attend all sessions, complete assigned reading and materials prior to sessions, participate in reading-based group discussions, and complete a reflection journal and group project.

Digital Course Materials

Participants will have access to course materials through VCU Canvas Catalog. This includes complimentary access to a digital course pack containing all course readings with a value of over $200.

Certificate

After your facilitator confirms you satisfied the workshop requirements, VCU will send you a link for you to certify your participation and receive your electronic certificate. Your certificate will be immediately available for download and automatically emailed to you.

Expectations

In this course you will:

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for early childhood and other professionals working with children birth to age six 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 VCU Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322.

Location

Synchronous live online

Our Zoom sessions are in real-time and offer an opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants.

Continuing Education Units

Participants have the option to earn 2.8 CEUs for completing the 28-hour course, which includes 18 hours of instructional time, with the remaining time spent on outside readings and projects in the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). If you would like to earn CEUs, select this option at registration. There is an additional fee of $30.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

You may cancel your registration up until the date listed on the registration page, and receive a full refund minus a $35 credit card processing fee. (Processing fees are being waived through 6/30/2022.) Cancellations must be received via email at ocpe@vcu.edu.

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.

Transfer Policy

Workshop registrations may be transferred to a different person if requested in writing via email at ocpe@vcu.edu by the date listed on the registration page. The participant must meet all prerequisites or qualifications required by the program.

Questions?

For registration questions, contact VCU Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or call (804)-828-1322. For questions regarding the course content, or the Virginia Endorsement for Infant Mental Health, please contact Jackie Robinson Brock, MSW at robinsonjb3@vcu.edu.

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