External Training in Infant Mental Health

A wide range of training opportunities exists for those who would like to develop their competence in working with infants, young children and their families.

Apart from AAIMHI events, Infant Mental Health courses are conducted at a number of tertiary institutions in Australia and internationally as well as through online courses. Please see details below:

Graduate and Postgraduate training in Infant Mental Health in Australia

1. Applied Mental Health Studies (Perinatal and Infant)    HETI
    Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) in NSW offers:
    Graduate Certificate
    Graduate Diploma

2. Infant Mental Health Advanced Training
    IMHAT mindful & the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne   

Additional Training

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) Learning Collaborative
by Berry Street
CPP is an intervention model for children aged 0-5 who have experienced traumatic events and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral problems.

Circle of Security
by Safe Sleep Space
Circle of Security® Parenting™ training is a DVD parent education program offering the core components of the evidence-based and internationally acclaimed COS protocol. This 4-Day seminar trains professionals to use an eight chapter DVD/USB and online materials to educate parents and caregivers. 

Online IMH training

Emerging Minds
Supporting Infants and Toddlers of Parents with a mental illness: 
The free introductory e-learning course helps mental health workers to identify and intervene when their clients are parents who experience mental illness and have dependent children.  Learn about the impact of mental illness on the family through the antenatal period, explains attachment and principles of sensitive communication with parents regarding the needs of their children, and parenting interventions and strategies to effectively support these families.

Emerging Minds
Keeping the Infant and Toddler in Mind
This free introductory online course for practitioners working with infants, toddlers and families, introducing a relationship-based framework that promotes the mental health of children aged 0-5 years. The course provides three interrelated practice positions of being an ally, being an advocate and the awareness of relationship.

University of Warwick
Babies in Mind: Why the Parent’s Mind Matters

This free online course is aimed at everyone who has an interest in promoting the well being of their own baby, or the parents and babies they work with. You do not need any prior knowledge of infant or child development, just a desire to learn about parents and babies, and the way that early interaction shapes later development. The course is based on the latest research in the field and you will be introduced to key concepts relating to infant psychology and attachment.

University of Warwick
Infant Mental Health Online Training
IMHOL has been created for professionals/practitioners. The course is the baseline requirement of a planned ladder of progression in expertise in infant mental health. There are 3 core themes that underpin the course: Neurophysiology and Biochemical Structure of the Brain, Social and Emotional Development, Ghosts and Angels in the Nursery. One of the aims of IMHOL is to promote your understanding of the concept and development of emotional regulation in the early years and the relationship between emotional regulation and dysregulation to psychopathology and what this means for your practice.

Wayne State University
It’s all about Relationships! Early Parenting and Child Development from an Infant Mental Health Perspective
Approved by Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health as an online training opportunity for Endorsement®. This course will review the processes that support social-emotional development in the young child. It will also review some of the central ways in which parents form and nurture their relationships with their young children.

University of Minnesota
Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) 
CEED offers a variety of online courses for continuing education and academic credit covering a variety of infant and early childhood related topics, including an introductory course on Infant Mental Health.

Kids Matter
Kids Matter provide free professional learning which caters for a variety of people working in early childhood services and takes into account educators’ different levels of qualification and experience, as well as varying group composition and size. They can be a starting point for those beginning to think about children’s mental health but also many opportunities for teams wanting to reflect more deeply about their practices, policies and assumptions.

The Minding the Baby (MTB) and The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health
Beginning in 2022, MTB training participants will have the opportunity to earn in-service training credits towards their endorsement applications and annual renewals, provided their Infant Mental Health association is a member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health
See upcoming trainings below: