Feb 03, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Infant-Family Mental Health Graduate Certificate

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Application deadlines - http://www.grad.usf.edu/cert

This fully online graduate certificate program is designed for individuals who are interested in gaining knowledge, skills and connections to become powerful change agents for infant-family mental health in the systems and communities where they live and work.  It is a 12-hour certificate appropriate for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, criminology, human development, early childhood education, nursing or other social science-related fields, and will benefit practitioners in allied health professions and social and behavioral sciences. The program does not provide specialized clinical training in specific forms or modalities of intervention but rather provides broad coverage of knowledge necessary for informed and competent work in early childhood mental health, prenatal and health-related positions, child protection and child welfare positions, and other fields working with families of infants and toddlers. Program emphases include theoretical/conceptual and applied issues relating to:

  • Coparenting
  • Cultural Diversity and Humility
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Triadic and Family-focused Intervention
  • Risk and Resiliency
  • Reflective Practice
  • Systems and Community Change



Admission Requirements

Must meet University Graduate Admissions and English Proficiency requirements.

Applicants must satisfy the following:

  • Prior undergraduate course work in ethics and in child development (requirement will be waived with permission of program faculty for practicing professionals working with families of children aged 0-3 with at least one year of prior direct service).
  • A 1,000-word statement of intent for seeking a certificate in Infant-Family Mental Health, including discussion of your motivations; your background (especially the academic and professional aspects); the specific community, professional, policy or scholarly issues in which you have an interest; how your background has prepared you to excel in the Infant-Family Mental Health Certificate program; and how you intend to apply your education when you complete the certificate program.
  • Three letters of recommendation from qualified people who are familiar with the nature of the work required of graduate students in the social sciences, and who can address your ability to excel in this type of work.
  • Two examples of professional or academic writing.

Curriculum Requirements

This Certificate Requires 12 Credit Hours

Core Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Credit Toward Graduate Degree

Time Limit / Average Time to Completion

Time Limit - 5 years


Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/cert

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