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Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice Training for Graduate Students

Specialized IMH-DP training for graduate students in Related Services disciplines.

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). This grant-funded project spans 5 years to include 5 separate cohorts of graduate students. Applications are now being accepted.

About the Program

The Adelphi University Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice (IMH-DP) Training Program is a 15-month federally-funded training program for students interested in attending or currently attending graduate school for Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Speech-Language Pathology and School Psychology. Students will be trained to provide Infant Mental Health services to high-need, at-risk birth through five-year-old children with social emotional challenges, developmental disabilities, or other special needs and their families. The training program 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 up to eight graduate candidates who will participate in full-time training AT NO COST to the candidate.

» What Is Infant Mental Health?

» What Is Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice?

Conceptual Framework, Philosophy and Innovative Attributes

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.

IMH-DP Training Project Structure

The IMH-DP training program is a collaboration between the Institute for Parenting through University College and Adelphi graduate programs of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Speech-Language Pathology and School Psychology. 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 Program Overview & Requirements:

  • 15 month training program (i.e. May 2017 to August 2018, detailed course schedule below)
  • Participate in a two-day orientation prior to beginning the program in May (dates are provided upon acceptance)
  • Sign a Pre-Scholarship Agreement outlining the two-year service obligation.
  • Candidates will receive academic advisement, support and mentoring from the project manager throughout the duration of the program.
  • Candidates must complete 18 courses and internship with a grade of B or better.
  • A practicum experience at Adelphi’s Alice Brown Early Learning Center, focusing on developing observation, interaction and reflective skills.
  • A one-year internship (i.e. September 2017 to August 2018)
  • Complete a Cumulative Accomplishment Portfolio (CAP).
  • Weekly individual reflective supervision
  • Weekly  group reflective supervision beginning in the Fall semester
  • Monthly interdisciplinary case conferences with faculty from (SLP, SW, SPSYCH, MHC and visiting faculty from OT, PT, Developmental Pediatrics, Nursing, Child Nutrition, Early Childhood Education).
  • Complete an Integrative Project Presentation.
  • Sign an Exit Certification.
  • Continued bi-monthly reflective supervision group to deepen and synthesize skills during the year following completion of IMH-DP.

All IMH-DP candidates will add one year to their graduation date but in return will enter the workforce with an enhanced range of practice and increased career opportunities for working with young children and their parents.

IMH-DP Training Project Schedule

The first cohort started in June 2016; the second cohort will start their training in May 2017.

Summer – Term I
Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice: Foundations
Using Observation with Young Children Seminar (with Alice Brown Early Learning Center on-site practicum experience)
Evidence-Based Approaches to Consultation and Intervention
Observing Infants and Young Children
Child Parent Psychotherapy: An Introduction (4-day Intensive Course)
Fall – Term I
Development in a Relational Context: Starting at Conception
Reflective Supervision
Relational, Behavioral and Developmental Assessment
Risk and Protective Factors: Parental Capacity to Parent
Internship I
Intersession – Term I
Autism Spectrum Disorders: Young Children and their Caregivers (4-day Intensive Course)
Spring – Term I
Infant Mental Health and Trauma Treatment
Reflective Supervision for Trauma Treatment
Developmental Disorders, Formulation and Diagnosis
Becoming a Reflective Supervisor
Internship II
Summer – Term II
Understanding and Intervening through Play
Reflective Supervision for Play Therapy
Leadership, Advocacy and Service Delivery Systems
Reflective Supervision Termination
Internship III

PROGRAM PATHS

All candidates begin the program in the summer semester (i.e. May 2017). There are multiple opportunities for candidates to participate in the IMH-DP Training Program.

There are two options for candidates attending Social Work, Speech-Language Pathology or Mental Health Counseling to participate in the IMH-DP Training Program.

These are: 

  1. Before entering their primary masters program
    OR
  2. After completing their first (foundation) year of their program

There are two options for candidates attending School Psychology to participate in IMH-DP. These are:

  1. After their first (foundation) year
  2. After their second year

For School Psychology, 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 for their advanced year in September, and graduate the following May.

All graduates of IMH-DP will be license-eligible in their degree program and having training as Infant Mental Health specialists.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR CURRENT Adelphi STUDENTS

Applicants must be:

  • Interested in working with 0-5 year olds and their families
  • Interested in receiving specialized training to enhance your skills and career opportunities
  • In good academic standing in your primary discipline

Once accepted, scholars must:

  • Sign a pre-scholarship agreement/two-year service obligation which you will receive upon acceptance.
  • Participate in a two-day orientation prior to the start of classes each May (information will be provided upon acceptance).
  • Submit an up-to-date transcript at the end of the Spring Semester demonstrating you are in good standing to enroll in the project.

How to Apply

Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis.

Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice Training Program 2017-2018 (Cohort 2)

  1. Application cover sheet (available below)
  2. Current resume
  3. A copy of your undergraduate and graduate transcript (unofficial) (if multiple schools, please include all locations)
  4. Letter from current degree program director that describes your strengths and vulnerabilities, and confirming you are on track for successful completion of the current year
  5. One letter of recommendation from a first year instructor
  6. One of the following:
    • A letter of recommendation from your current clinical supervisor (Students who are not yet in the field, please substitute a letter of recommendation from a different instructor).
    • A letter of recommendation from a current or previous employer in which you worked with children and families. Your employer would need to address your role, experiences and competence with children and families.
  7. Statement about your interests, what you hope to gain from this program, how you feel you can contribute to the program and any other information about yourself that you believe can help us decide if you are a good fit (not more than 3 pages)

Please note: Applications will not be considered until ALL materials are submitted.

Send your completed application, along with your resume and statement to:

Nicole Trotter, LMSW
Project Manager
Adelphi University
Institute for Parenting
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530

» Download the IMH-DP Application Form

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR INCOMING Adelphi STUDENTS

Applicants must be:

  • Interested in working with 0-5 year olds and their families
  • Interested in receiving specialized training to enhance your skills and career opportunities
  • Good academic standing in your undergraduate program

Once accepted, scholars must:

    1. Sign a pre-scholarship agreement/two-year service obligation which you will receive upon acceptance.
    2. Participate in a two-day orientation prior to the start of classes each May (information will be provided upon acceptance).
    3. Submit an up-to-date transcript at the end of the Spring Semester demonstrating you are in good academic standing to enroll in the program.

How to Apply

Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis.

Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice Training Program 2017-2018 (Cohort 2)

  1. Application cover sheet (available below)
  2. Current resume
  3. A copy of your undergraduate transcript (unofficial) (if multiple schools, please include all locations)
  4. A copy of your graduate transcript if transferring from a different school (if applicable)
  5. One letter of recommendation from current degree program director that describes your strengths and vulnerabilities, and confirming you are on track for successful completion of the current year
  6. One letter of recommendation from an undergraduate instructor
  7. One of the following:
    • A letter of recommendation from your current clinical supervisor (Students who are not yet in the field, please substitute a letter of recommendation from a different instructor).
    • A letter of recommendation from a current or previous employer in which you worked with children and families. Your employer would need to address your role, experiences and competence with children and families.
  8. Statement about your interests, what you hope to gain from this program, how you feel you can contribute to the program and any other information about yourself that you believe can help us decide if you are a good fit (not more than 3 pages)

Please note: Applications will not be considered until ALL materials are submitted.

Send your completed application, along with your resume and statement to:

Nicole Trotter, LMSW
Project Manager
Adelphi University
Institute for Parenting
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530

» Download the IMH-DP Application Form


For more information, please contact:

Nicole Trotter, LMSW
Project Manager

Adelphi University
Institute for Parenting
Linen Hall, LL Room 11B
p – 516.237.8511
e – ntrotter@adelphi.edu

 
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