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Infant and Early Child Mental Health

Available: Fall

Program Description

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.

Note: There is a mandatory field placement in either first or second semester. Students will be required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Police Check, an up to date medical form, and Standard First Aid and CPR. The documents will be validated by a third party.



2 Semesters (8 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Your Career

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.

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • 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.

Prior to Beginning of Class

  • Current immunization report and report of chest x–ray or tuberculin skin test.
  • A valid Standard First Aid Certificate (16 hours).
  • A valid CPR "C" Certificate.
  • Vulnerable Sector Police Reference Check.
    • Applicants living in the city of Toronto can expect to wait a minimum of 8-12 weeks to receive a Police Check.

Program Costs

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Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

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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Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 55013

Student Recruitment

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416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Jennifer Lewis 416.491.5050 ext. 55204

Program Chair

Mary Fisher 416.491.5050 ext. 22040

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network