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Theories and Practices of Infant Mental Health

SW724, Section 001

This is an introductory course on the relationship between theory and practice in infant mental health. It is intended for graduate students in Social Work, Education, Nursing and Psychology. Its purpose is to furnish a conceptual framework, based upon attachment theory, for understanding how the emotional qualities of the infant-parent dyads influence the infant's development, the parent's capacity to give care, and finally the professional's state of mind regarding the family. Emphasis is given to how the experiences of early childhood persist over time, and how they are summoned up again by the presence of a baby. This understanding becomes in turn the basis for learning how to plan a treatment approach that takes into account the family's capacities for change. This course meets several educational components for students interested in post-graduate endorsement in infant-family practice.

Semester: Spring / Summer 2022
Instructor: Julie M. Ribaudo
U-M Class #: 64575
Time: Wed Wednesdays June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: B798 SSWB
Program Type: Residential
Format: In-Person
Credits: 1 Credit Hours

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Community ChangeGlobalInterpersonal PracticeManagement & LeadershipPolicy & PoliticalProgram EvaluationOlder AdultsChildren & Families
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