The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded Adelphi’s Institute for Parenting the Related Services Personnel Preparation Grant for Early Intervention for Preschool Special Needs (CPSE). Applications are now being accepted.
About the Program
The Adelphi University Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice (IMH-DP) Training Project is a five-year grant-funded training project that will increase the quantity and competency of 40 (8 per year) multidisciplinary master’s level graduate students at Adelphi University from the fields of School Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Social Work, and Speech-Language Pathology. Candidates will be trained over 15 months to become IMH-DP specialists and will serve high-risk 0-5 year olds with social emotional challenges and other special needs and their parents. The training project consists of lectures, courses, clinically based learning experiences and integrative seminars that will broaden candidates’ learning.
Each IMH-DP project year, we will accept a cohort of eight graduate candidates who will participate in full-time training AT NO COST to the candidate.
IMH-DP training adheres to the scholar-practitioner model, in which candidates are immersed in rigorous study of conceptual and scientific foundations of the field, both historic and current. There will be an emphasis on ability to translate conceptual, empirical, evidence-based and best practice principles into clinical practice with young children who have disabilities, as well as their families.
A cross-disciplinary, cross-systems multicultural perspective informs the project. The curriculum spans a continuum of services that includes Promotion, Prevention and Intervention. Specifically, IMH-DP training prepares candidates to provide mental health or mental health informed related services to 0-5 year olds and their parents through Part C and B services, and to serve young children whose needs interface with the child welfare system (CAPTA), especially those with high-need social-emotional challenges and other special needs.
The IMH-DP project will accomplish these aims through immersing candidates in structured, systematic, sequenced and graded course work with rigorous instruction in theory, and supervised experience in evidence-based and clinically supported best-practice models of intervention and service delivery. The IMH-DP curriculum is an additional year of study embedded in between existing degree programs. All candidates representing Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, School Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology will meet together in many forums during their training. Content instruction will be complemented by a coordinated program of learning experiences including: interdisciplinary case conferences/integrative seminars; reflective supervision; infant, toddler and preschool observations; and a one-year supervised clinical internship with 0-5 year olds and caregivers.
Internship sites may be in early intervention, special needs preschools, integrated settings, medical homes in county hospital pediatric clinics or child welfare focused/clinical settings. Each internship provides a range of experiences (e.g., consultation, home visiting).
The project will include attendance at an interdisciplinary lecture series with visiting luminaries in the field of Infant Mental Health. IMH-DP candidates will meet the experts at a lunch or dinner.
The IMH-DP training project is an intra-university collaboration between the Institute for Parenting through University College and Adelphi graduate programs that have the capacity to prepare interested students to work as related services personnel: Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Speech-Language Pathology and School Psychology. The training spans 15 consecutive months. Candidates commence IMH-DP in May, directly following the first year of their SW, SLP or MHC programs or after the second year of SPSYCH. Candidates will temporarily leave their primary program to matriculate into the 15-month IMH-DP training project. They will then matriculate back into their primary program in September, graduating the following May being license-eligible in their degree program and having training as IMH specialists. This training will prepare candidates for positions working with 0-5 year olds and for Endorsement eligibility in IMH-DP through the New York State Association of Infant Mental Health.
IMH-DP Training Project:
All IMH-DP candidates will add one year to their graduation date but in return will enter the workforce with enhanced competencies and increased career opportunities for working with young children and their parents.
The first cohort started in June 2016; the second cohort will start their training in May 2017.
Existing graduate students who are:
Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis.
Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice Training Project 2016-2017 (Cohort 1)
Send your completed application, along with your resume and statement to:
What to Expect
|Summer – Term I
|Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice: Foundations|
|Observing and Understanding Infants and Toddlers (Adelphi University Alice Brown Early Learning Center on-site practicum)|
|Relational, Behavioral and Developmental Assessment|
|Observing and Understanding Infants and Toddlers Integrative Seminar|
|Fall – Term I
|Development in a Relational Context: Starting at Conception|
|Developmental Disorders, Formulation and Diagnosis|
|Evidence-Based Approaches to Work with Children, Parents and Providers|
|Intersession – Term I
|Working with Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their Parents and Caregivers|
|Child Parent Psychotherapy Training;|
|Spring – Term I
|Infant Mental Health/Trauma Treatment|
|Risk and Protective Factors: Parental Capacity to Parent|
|Summer – Term II
|Understanding and Intervening through Play|
|Leadership, Advocacy and Service Delivery Systems|
In addition, participants will take part in an internship two days/week during the Fall and Spring of Term I and Summer Term II.
To Complete the ProJECT
Nicole Trotter, LMSW
Institute for Parenting
Linen Hall, Room 9
p – 516.237.8513
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