Chatham University

Low-Residency Graduate Certificate in Infant Mental Health

Promote Future Wellbeing

Infant Mental Health (IMH) addresses the social and emotional wellbeing of very young children and their caregivers by building and strengthening secure, nurturing relationships. Chatham University was the first institution in the state of Pennsylvania to recognize and respond to this need.

Infants are not small adults. Expertise in facilitating care for them is increasingly important–and increasingly relevant–as our understanding of infant neuroscience advances. Few therapeutic interventions offer the opportunity to make such a long-lasting impact on the lives of others. This expertise–gained from a solid grounding in theory and significant supervised field experience–is well-recognized.

IMH practitioners must be aware of and attuned to the details that can provide game-changing insight into a relationship between a child and a caretaker. They must also be familiar with the challenges that may arise or be present at the outset. And to be optimally effective, they must be aware of their relationship to their own practice.

Our Programs

In our IMH programs, you'll apply your learning to real infants, toddlers, and their families through practicum and internships in a variety of settings, followed by deepening your insight through reflective consultation with your IMH faculty.

All of Chatham’s IMH programs share two commonalities:

  1. a set of core courses, all offered online:
    • Essentials of Infant Mental Health Infant Development
    • Foundations of Counseling Psychology Infant Assessment
    • Practices and Principles of Infant Mental Health
    • Infant Attachment – a Dual Relationship
  2. the opportunity to attend the annual Pennsylvania Infant Mental Health Conference, which we sponsor. Here, you can learn from experts in the field and have the chance to present your own research or clinical experiences.

IMH Certificate Program Structure (18 Credits)

The IMH certificate program focuses on relationship-based training in order to promote optimal development of infants and families. The coursework includes academic and applied training based on the most current research to prepare students for work with infants and their families. Training will emphasize service learning and experiential opportunities.

Six of the courses are taught in an online distance learning format.

The certificate program is open to degree-seeking students as well as to individuals in the Infant Mental Health field who desire to take courses to satisfy continuing education requirements.

Students may choose to enroll in these courses at a rate of $980 per course on a not-for-credit or certificate basis. Enrollment in the program on a credit basis will cost standard university graduate rate per credit.

Admission Requirements

Individuals in a health- or child care-related disciplines, including but not limited to counseling, education, psychology, social work, nursing, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, child welfare managers, juvenile court judges, foster/adoption agencies, drug treatment staff who work with pregnant/new mothers, correction officers with pregnant inmates, crisis pregnancy staff, those who work with teen mothers and high risk families, and any other related disciplines, may enroll in the IMH Certificate program without being admitted to Chatham University as a graduate student. A bachelor degree is required.

Applicant Must:

Admissions Materials may be submitted to:
Chatham University
Berry Hall/CCPS Admission
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Fax: (412) 365-1609

Additional Information

Participants in Chatham University’s Master's of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) program may concentrate in IMH and participate in special field placement opportunities upon completion of IMH coursework. Practicum and Internship I and II training opportunities will include evidence-based treatment and specialized supervision working with infants and their families. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of children at risk for developmental problems including attachment difficulties, failure to thrive, pervasive developmental disorders, and multiple-etiology behavior problems. Students interested in enrolling in the IMH program as a focus within their MSCP degree should contact Robert Gallen, Ph. D. at or 412-365-1110.