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IMH-DP Paths for MA in School Psychology Candidates

Students accepted by the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies for the Master of Art’s in School Psychology degree program have two options to participate in the Infant Mental Health-Developmental Practice (IMH-DP) program.

Students can participate in the IMH-DP program between their first and second year, or between their second and third year. It is recommended that students contact the Project Manager of the IMH-DP program to further discuss the pathway to obtaining a Master’s in School Psychology and Master’s in IMH-DP.

Derner MA in School Psychology (Required Courses)

Fall I
Proseminar in School Psychology
Multicultural Issues in Psychology
Intellectual Assessment I
Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents
Spring I
Principles of Behavior Theory
Psychodynamic Perspectives in Working with Children
Intellectual Assessment II
Personality Assessment I
Summer I
Tests and Measurements
Electives (any of the following): Family Cultures and Learning, School Systems, Emotional Life of Child
Fall II
Neuropsychological Bases of Learning
Counseling Techniques with Children and Parents
Case Conceptualization of Behavior Difficulties
Practicum I
Spring II
Evaluating Students with Learning Difficulties
Practicum II
Consultation in School Settings
Implementing School-Based Prevention Programs
Summer II
Research Design
Electives (any of the following): Counseling Children with Asperger’s, Diagnosis and Intervention for Students on the Autism Spectrum, Counseling and Assessment of the Multicultural Child
Fall III
Internship I
Clinical Interventions in School Settings
Spring III
Internship II
Students can complete the IMH-DP Training between their first and second year of the school psychology program, or between their second and third year. 

IMH-DP Program Requirements

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 (counts toward elective in MSW program)
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 (counts toward elective in MSW program)
Reflective Supervision
Relational, Behavioral and Developmental Assessment
Risk and Protective Factors: Parental Capacity to Parent (counts toward elective in MSW program)
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

For more information, please contact:

Nicole Trotter, LMSW
Project Manager

Adelphi University
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