Infant Mental Health
Infant mental health is an interdisciplinary field founded on the principle that early relationship-based intervention in the context of family, community, and culture can support normative emotional and behavioral development and help children at risk and their families prevent future developmental problems.
The Mills Infant Mental Health Program provides students with the skills and knowledge to become practitioners or researchers that specialize in working with children from birth through age five. Our program builds on a solid background in psychology, research methodology, and normative development. Graduate courses include advanced study of development, assessment, and special needs children, combined with fieldwork and a master's thesis. Each student works with an advisor to create a plan of graduate study that fits her/his goals.
In addition to entering careers in the early childhood field, graduate students may also use this program as a bridge to other graduate training, such as doctoral work in psychology, early childhood special education, or occupational therapy.
Mills also offers a one-of-a-kind BA/MA Accelerated Degree Program for undergraduate students that combines undergraduate and graduate course work and field placement with a broad background in the liberal arts and sciences. Students graduate in five years with a bachelor's degree in psychology and master of arts degree in infant mental health.
Learn more at one of our Information Sessions at the School of Education.
- Learn contemporary psychological and developmental principles.
- Learn the value of the scientific method as a way of thinking about questions concerning the causes of (and therapeutic approaches to) behavior, including the ability to find and comprehend research.
- Develop the ability to apply the scientific method to questions concerning the causes of and therapeutic approaches to behavior in order to be able to assess children for serious mental health and developmental problems in a culturally competent and developmentally appropriate way.
- Learn to link assessment information on individual treatment strategies that foster healthy emotional and relationship development.
- Develop the ability to communicate effectively and responsibly in writing in interpersonal contexts and learn to work in collaboration with others.