Infant Mental Health Online Course

It's all about Relationships!: Early Parenting and Child Development from an Infant Mental Health Perspective (2 CEUs)

Young children need healthy early relationships in order to grow and thrive.  Parents and caregivers need support to nurture their young children.  This course will review the processes that support social-emotional development in the young child.  We will also review some of the central ways in which parents form and nurture their relationships with their young children.  For children, and parents, and communities, and social workers:  It's all about relationships!

For Infant Mental Health practitioners:

This course covers the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) Endorsement® competency areas of:

  1. Pregnancy & Early Parenthood, and
  2. Infant/Very Young Child Development & Behavior.  

While completion of this course will count toward an Endorsement® application or renewal, it may not fully satisfy a knowledge/skill area.


Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to identify the social emotional milestones that emerge in infancy and toddlerhood.

Participants will be able to describe how early relationships influence the social-emotional development of infants, toddlers, and young children.

Participants will be able to describe the social, emotional, and biological processes that contribute to the development of self-regulation in early childhood.  

Participants will be able to describe the meaning of internal working models as they apply to processes of early parenting.

Participants will be able to identify the emotion regulation strategies that are associated with each type of internal working model.

Participants will be able to describe the ways in which maternal internal working models have been shown to be associated with parenting outcomes.   


Presented by:

Carolyn Joy Dayton, Ph.D., LMSW, IMH-E®(IV) 

Katherine Rosenblum, Ph.D., IMH-E®(IV) 



The cost of the course is $25, and payment can be submitted before or after successful completion of the post-test and evaluation. The course is open to all licensed social work practitioners and is worth 2 Continuing Education Contact Hours. Click here to pay for this course.



(Please read before taking the Post Test and Evaluation) 

Infant social and emotional development: The emergence of self in a relational context

Communicating feelings: Links between mothers ' representations of their infants, parenting, and infant emotional development 

The child as held in the mind of the mother: The influence of prenatal maternal representations on parenting behaviors 


Post Test and Evaluation:

Pending a passing test score and payment in full, a CEU certificate will be e-mailed to you within 24 to 72 business hours.


Refund Policy:

If you pay for this course before taking it, you have up to 60 days after payment to complete this course. After that no refund or CEUs will be issued under any circumstances.

For questions or comments regarding this online email us at