Masters of Science Programs in Infant Mental Health
Chatham’s Infant Mental Health Masters programs focus on the personal and professional growth of students, preparing them to promote infant-caregiver relationships.
The MS in Infant Mental Health Counseling (60 Credits) is designed for counseling students who will specifically focus their studies in the infant mental health field. The MS in Infant Mental Health (36 Credits) is an advanced degree for students who want to enter the infant mental health field.
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.
In our master's 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:
- 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
- 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.
The members of our faculty are experienced practitioners who are committed to supporting our students in two ways: their work with clients, and their experience of the work itself. It's a unique approach drawn from the relational foundation that drives IMH at its core.
Our program graduates work with infants and caregivers in a wide a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, social services, and non-profit services. Job titles held by our graduates include:
- Certified Teacher, Infant Room Clinical Director
- Developmental Specialist
- Early Childhood Development Coordinator
- Early Childhood Mental Health Project Manager
- Early Intervention Birth-5 Case Manager
- Early Intervention Consultant
- Group Supervisor, Toddler Room Head Infant Teacher in a Child Care Classroom
- Intake Specialist
- Mental health coordinator
- Occupational Therapist
- Part-time Instructor teaching introductory and advanced child development courses
- Pediatric Psychologist
- Pediatric Therapy Coordinator
- Service Coordinator
Our Master's programs also prepare you for a doctorate or master's in social work or early childhood education.