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Infant-Parent Training Institute

The Infant-Parent Training Institute (IPTI) is the leading institution in New England offering integrated clinical and theoretical training in infant mental health.

training classOur courses offer a range of training opportunities to explore the intersection of theory and clinical practice, develop new skills, and build a collegial network through the exploration of the earliest relationships of infants, parents, and caregivers. Central to all of our offerings are opportunities for observation and reflection and an understanding of the connection between development and relationships, community, and culture. 

We provide training to professionals from multiple disciplines including social work, psychology, counseling, psychiatry, pediatrics, early education/child care, nursing, and allied health fields. Training with IPTI will allow you to integrate the core concepts of early relational development and intervention into your work whether in direct care, supervision/consultation, teaching, or policy. 

Our training program is part of the Center for Early Relationship Support® (CERS), the home for a range of direct service programs for new parents and young children. The connection between IPTI and CERS mirrors our commitment to linking state-of-the-art knowledge with high quality service delivery. Common to all our programs and trainings is the belief that nurturing, reflective relationships promote optimal learning and growth.

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IPTI services include:


Infant Mental Health Fellowship

Intensive, two-year, post-graduate certificate program encompassing coursework, clinical practice, and supervision to build expertise in infant mental health and attachment.

Infant Observation and other Courses

Post-graduate courses on infant and maternal mental health and other issues impacting infants and parents, including the year-long Infant Observation course.

Master Classes

Professional development seminars for clinicians and others working with infants and parents on a range of topics facing families and young children.

Professional Training, Consultation, and Supervision

Training and support to integrate knowledge and practice and meet the needs of professionals, and public and private organizations working with infants, young children and families.

Why study with IPTI?

  • Exceptional faculty with expertise in clinical work with very young children and parents
  • Immersion in the latest research from fields of attachment, development, neurobiology, and trauma with emphasis on integration with practice
  • Reflective mentoring and supervision
  • Opportunities for clinical experience in infant-parent psychotherapy
  • Community of colleagues with common interests and diverse perspectives
  • Infant observation as a core experience 

The Infant-Parent Training Institute is a Training Affiliate of the Cambridge Health Alliance Department of Psychiatry, which is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

For more information, contact us at ipti@jfcsboston.org or 781-693-5652.

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