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Infant-Parent Training Institute

Maternal Mental Health

The Maternal Mental Health course is offered through the Infant-Parent Training Institute (IPTI) of the Center for Early Relationship Support® of JF&CS.

In addition to this course, IPTI offers an Infant Mental Health Fellowship Certificate program, Infant Observation Seminar, six-session course related to the Emotional Journey of Pregnancy, eight-session course on Families Impacted by Addiction, and half-day Master Classes.

Course Description

A mother's mental health affects her own sense of self, the well-being of her children, her close relationships, and the functioning of the family. A mother of an infant or young child who is struggling with depression, anxiety, or other emotional difficulties faces multiple challenges in coping and parenting. This course will examine the profound emotional transformation of becoming a mother, the influence of culture on maternal mental health, and the impact of mental health on the parent-child relationship. Included in the class sessions are issues of trauma, intergenerational parenting patterns, research on maternal depression, and mothering under special circumstances. Use of video and opportunities for exploring case material will be provided.

Time and Date

Next session TBD.


JF&CS Headquarters

1430 Main Street, Waltham



CEUs for some disciplines will be available.


Rachel Kalvert, LICSW, is a Supervisor in the Visiting Moms Program. Before moving to Greater Boston in 2011, Rachel maintained a private practice in Seattle that focused on working with new moms who were having difficulty with the transition to motherhood. Also in Seattle she served as a Group Leader and Supervisor for the Listening Mothers program that provides mothers with an eight-week group to help understand the emotional changes that occur between a mother and baby in the first year. Rachel trained at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and graduated from its Analytic Program. She holds an MSW from New York University and a BA from Smith College.


  • Download the Maternal Mental Health course application.

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