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Institute for Parenting


MS in Infant Mental Health-Developmental Practice

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 program spans five years to include four cohorts of graduate students, and will complete its fourth cohort in August, 2020.

About the Program

Mom Kissing InfantThe Adelphi University Infant Mental Health-Developmental Practice (IMH-DP) Training Program is a 15-month federally-funded and tuition-free training program for accepted, enrolled, or current first year students attending graduate school for Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology) and School Psychology. Students will be trained to provide infant and early childhood 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 program includes lectures, courses, clinically based learning experiences and integrative seminars that broaden candidates’ learning.

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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 program. The curriculum spans a continuum of services that includes Promotion, Prevention and Intervention. 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 in a range of service delivery systems.

Internship sites may be in preschool or early learning classrooms, hospital or pediatric clinics, and a community-facing clinic. Each internship provides a range of experiences (e.g., consultation, home visiting).

IMH-DP Training Program Structure

The IMH-DP training program is a collaboration between the Institute for Parenting 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 Infant Mental Health through the New York State Association of Infant Mental Health.

IMH-DP Training Program Overview and Requirements:

  • 15 month training program (May 2019 to August 2020, 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 assistant director and a previous IMH-DP graduate throughout the duration of the program.
  • Candidates must complete 18 courses and 3 semesters of internship (Fall, Spring, and Summer) with a grade of B or better.
  • A summer experience at Adelphi’s Alice Brown Early Learning Center, focusing on developing observation, interaction and reflective skills.
  • A one-year internship (September 2019 to August 2020).
  • Complete a Cumulative Accomplishment Portfolio (CAP).
  • Weekly individual reflective supervision.
  • Weekly group reflective supervision beginning in the fall semester.
  • Interdisciplinary case conferences with faculty and practitioners from related fields.
  • Complete an Integrative Project Thesis and Presentation.
  • Sign an Exit Certification upon completion of grant-funded certificate.

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.


For more information , please contact:

Infant Mental Health-Developmental Practice (IMH-DP) Program
Adelphi University
Institute for Parenting
Linen Hall, LL Room 11
p – 516.877.3911
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