Infant and Early Child Mental Health
|Duration:||2 Semesters (8 Months)|
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Graduate Certificate|
This two semester Ontario College Graduate Certificate prepares front line service providers with the skills and qualifications to provide mental health support to infants, children, and their families. The combination of theoretical and practical course content provides students with the knowledge, skills, and judgment to contribute to positive mental health when working with infants, children, families, or in community settings.
The program is designed for front line service providers or recent graduates of programs such as, early childhood education, child and youth worker, health practitioners, community and social service workers, and recreational therapists working with infants, children, and families who wish to obtain a specialization in mental health to better support infants and their families. The program provides students with applied courses in infant and children's mental health, family dynamics, community mental health, therapeutic approaches, and crisis intervention in addition to exploring prevention, detection, and supportive programming for infants, children and their families. Students are also exposed to the practical applications of current research in the field of infant mental health and develop an understanding of risk and protective factors, and early intervention applications.
- Ontario university or college degree, or three-year college diploma or equivalent.
- We will consider applicants with a two-year college diploma and six months of work experience in the field of early childhood development or a related discipline. Résumé and references must be provided.
- English Proficiency at the postsecondary level.
The early years have a unique and formative impact on development, relationships, functioning and overall health outcomes throughout life. The robust body of research and literature on early childhood development, including early mental health confirms that adversities such as: abuse, neglect, trauma can have a profound and devastating effect on brain development, emotional functioning and physical and mental health outcomes. The certificate in infant mental health will increase knowledge and skill for those wanting to work with vulnerable young children and their families. You will be prepared to work in settings such as child protection agencies, early intervention, children’s mental health, child welfare, infant development, family support, settlement programs.
The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.
Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.
Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.
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2016/2017 Academic Year
|EAD104||Human Development - Part I|
|IMH101||Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health|
|IMH102||Foundations of Mental Health Practice|
|IMH103||Dynamics of the Family|
|EAD306||Children with Special Needs|
|EAD510||Emotional Well Being in Young Children|
|IMH201||Understanding and Responding to the Challenging Behaviour of Young Children|
|IMH202||Contemporary Issues: Connecting Brain Development and Early Mental Health|
|IMH203||Health Promotion and Education|
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Daniela Zarpellon
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55016
|International Admissions Advisor:||Lerna Francisco
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
|Registration & Records Advisor:|
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55016
|Program Coordinator:||Jennifer Lewis
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55204
|Program Chair:||Mary Fisher
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22040
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