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Infant-Preschooler Mental Health Certificate

The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University offers integrated, interdisciplinary training in the highly specialized field of infant preschooler mental health. There is a critical need for professionals who can support, evaluate, intervene early, and treat the mental health needs of young children and their families in many settings, including primary health care, early care and education, foster care, and home-visiting services.

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California has developed a comprehensive system of guidelines for the mental health training of all providers who work with infants and very young children and their families - the Infant-Family/Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement. Alliant’s IPMH Certificates are based on and exceed these guidelines. The program is designed for adult learners who are working full-time; most courses meet on evenings or weekends or are online.

There are two training tracks for the Infant-Preschooler Mental Health Certificate with overlap in curriculum coursework:

  • The Specialist Track is for post-graduate mental health practitioners and affiliated professionals as well as graduate students engaged in a program of study leading to a clinical practice degree. There are two certificates available – the Fundamentals of Infant Preschooler Mental Health Certificate (6 credits, 135 CE hours) and the Infant Preschooler Mental Health Specialist Certificate (12 credits, 270 CE hours).
  • The Early Intervention Track is for Transdisciplinary Practitioners who are providing early intervention and are post-baccalaureate and above. The Certificate in Infant Preschooler Early Intervention is 6 credits (135 CE hours).  See above IPMH Certificates Overview  document for details about the specific coursework for each certificate.

Elective Coursework for Graduate Degree Students

CSPP graduate students in MFT or Clinical Psychology degree programs and other Alliant degree programs may take IPMH coursework as clinical electives, contingent on approval of their specific program.

Location of Classes

Courses are currently available in Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco, with plans for future cohorts in other locations in California and beyond. Some coursework is available through web-based instruction that can be taken from any location with Internet access.

Cost of Courses

$400 per unit. Tuition costs do not include costs of books for courses.

Continuing Education/Endorsement

All courses receive graduate credit and are approved for continuing education credit for psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs and RNs in California. Some courses also meet play therapy continuing education credit through the Association for Play Therapy.

Coursework and training experiences are designed to meet the requirements forCalifornia’s IFECMH Specialist Endorsement. However, actual Endorsement requires application to and approval by the California IFECMH Endorsement Committee.

Admission to IPMH Certificates Program & Enrollment in IPMH Coursework

Contact IPMH Admissions: ipmhadmission@alliant.edu
Initial application fee is $65. 

Additional Information and Questions

Coordinator of Southern California Region: Dr. Lily Cosico-Berge, lcosico-berge@alliant.edu or 858.220.5657
Coordinator of Northern California Region: Dr. Beth Limberg, blimberg@alliant.edu or 916.215.1893

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