University Course: Introduction to Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
This course runs semester long from Jan. 11 - May 7, 2021. The last day to add the course is January 15 but 2-3 days are required to complete registration process.
Day 1:
Monday, January 11, 2021
Day 2:
Friday, May 7, 2021
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
Cost Range
The course costs $750 and includes 3 academic credits, either graduate or undergraduate. It is not available for free or as an audit course though non-degree seeking students may take it.

Host And Instructor

University of Northern Colorado
Noelle Hause, EdD, LPC, IMH-E®-Clinical Mentor


Academic Credit: 3.00

Training Overview Description


This semester-long course is taught online at the University of North Colorado in the School of Special Education. It is available for both undergraduate or graduate credits and may be taken by non-degree seeking students. The fee of $750.00 provides 3 academic credits and is required regardless of degree-seeking status.

This course allows participants to integrate the foundations of infant and early childhood mental health into their own work with infants, young children and their families. The course combines readings, reflective writing, and application of knowledge to a case study. Most of the material is studied independently but online discussion is facilitated as well. This course is letter graded. More details about course outcomes and requirements are available in the syllabus for the courses (graduate and undergraduate) at the course website.


  • social and emotional development
  • screening, assessment and intervention
  • brain development
  • effects of toxic stress and trauma on brain development
  • the role of responsive caregiving as a mitigating factor for adverse conditions
  • professional areas of development such as reflective practice and infant mental health endorsement.


The course runs January 11 through May 7, 2021. The last day to register for the course is January 15. The registration process can take several days. The last day to drop the course is January 25 and March 8 is the deadline to withdraw.


Noelle Hause, EdP, LPC, IMH-E® (IV)-Clinical Mentor, is an adjunct faculty of the University of Northern Colorado. Her areas of concentration include infant and early childhood mental health and development, trauma-informed care, secondary traumatic stress, reflective supervision, clinical services, program development and systems building. Noelle is committed to promoting infant and early mental health practices as a trainer, consultant, and reflective supervisor. She volunteers countless hours on workforce development activities, both at the state (Colorado) and national levels. Noelle serves as the Chair of the Training Committee at the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health where she has spearheaded the development of a reflective practice tool to support training providers in developing/delivering content. The purpose of the tool is to ensure that training opportunities adhere to core principles and best practices for professional development in the field of infant and early childhood mental health.

Competencies & Endorsement

This course is mapped by the instructor to the infant mental health Competencies® used by multiple states' professional associations of infant and early childhood mental health. To learn more about these Competencies®, please visit the Alaska Association of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (AK-AIMH). The Competencies® support professional attainment of the Endorsement for Culturally Responsive, Relationship-based Practices Promoting Infant Mental Health®.

Upon completion of the course, the instructor will provide information specifying the Competencies® covered in the material.

Event-specific Details

The Alaska Association of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (AK-AIMH) has listed this training for the benefit of Alaska's professionals as part of our three-year initiative Project Compass: Leading the Way to Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Workforce Development. Project Compass is funded by AK-AIMH members and donors, the Alaska Children's Trust, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

Registration Information

Contact the University of Northern Colorado School of Special Education directly for more information about this course. While the last day to register is Jan 15, the UNC online registration process can take several days to complete so it is advisable to begin the process no later than Jan. 11.