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Infant-Parent Training Institute


IPTI offers a range of courses that provide rich learning opportunities. 

students in classSmall class sizes for clinical social workers, psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, and allied health professionals, including addiction treatment professionals, visiting nurses, Early Intervention providers, and maternal health/mental health providers provide ample opportunity for discussion and integrating state-of-the-art knowledge with practice. See our Current Offerings for IPTI’s 2021 course listing.

Conversations and Controversies in Infant Mental Health

Course Description

This yearlong course combines guest lectures and small group discussions to explore foundational topics in infant mental health and the ongoing impact of historical trauma and social, educational, and health disparities on a baby’s development, relational health and wellbeing. Concepts of vulnerability and resilience, stress, trauma, emotional regulation and attachment will frame discussions of such questions as: How does a reproductive justice framework help us better meet the needs of vulnerable families in the perinatal period? What are the strengths and limitations of attachment theory?  The course includes examination of the complex intersectional effects of social and political power hierarchies, race, culture, and ethnicity on human development.

Each monthly meeting presents new opportunities for learning, group exploration, and discussion—all in an environment welcoming of diverse voices in the context of a shared commitment to ongoing growth and diversification in the field.

The series is appropriate for new practitioners as well as experienced professionals.

2021/2022 Dates

Sept 17
Infant Mental Health overview: Historical assumptions, Roots & Questions: Where do we stand today? A critical look at policy and science with presenters Caroline Phillips, Ann Epstein, Sarah Birss, and Aditi Subramaniam.

Oct 15
Disparities in infant mental health, maternal health, and post-partum care: Reproductive Justice as a framework for practice. Presented by Stefanie Belnavis.

Nov 19
Reflective supervision and practice: issues of power, difference. Presented by Aditi Subramaniam.

Dec 10
Re-examining Attachment Theory from a diversity-informed perspective: Integrating Historical Trauma and Infant Mental Health, with presenters Ann Epstein with Jessica Boyatt.

Jan 21
Supporting Fathers to Play a More Active Role in Early Development presented by Haji Shearer.

Feb 18
Immigration Trauma, Separation and Loss: The role of IECMH in disrupting the etches from the past. How structural racism affects young children in immigrant families and implications for IECMH practitioners. Presented by Carmen Rosa Noroña and Ivys Fernández-Pastrana.

Mar 18
Families in Recovery: an infant mental health lens, presented by Danya Handelsman with Tiffany Clark.

April 8
Autism spectrum disorders: the development of intersubjectivity in neuro-typical and neuro-atypical children with Tal Baz with Ann Epstein.

May 20
Intervention - Circle of Security, presented by Lisa McElaney with Laura Gomez Machiavelo.

Learn about our presenters


9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. EST


We will be applying for 13.5 CEUs from the NASW- MA chapter and MaMHCA.


$725 for the series.
In an effort to advance equitable access to training in Infant Mental Health, our donors have earmarked limited partial scholarship funds for students from racial and ethnic minority groups. Please contact IPTI for more information.


Zoom (Link will be sent once you register)


Download the Conversation and Controversies course application. For more information, email your questions to

Families Impacted by Addiction: Theory, Context, and Treatment

Course Description

Substance use, misuse, and dependence impact the perinatal and early parenting period significantly. Rates of substance use disorders continue to rise in the population of women of child-bearing age. Mental health professionals, medical providers, and allied health professionals increasingly come into contact with mothers, fathers, infants, and alternate care providers who can benefit from improved practices. This course will offer a review of the latest research on the links between attachment theory, neurobiology, and addiction; opportunities to learn about the various ways of supporting families; and a forum in which conversations about complex policies, practice choices, and ethical dilemmas can be rich opportunities for growth.


CEUs for some disciplines will be available.


Download the Families Impacted by Addiction course application. For more information, email your questions to

Maternal Mental Health

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.

Reflective Supervision in Early Education and Care

Course Description

Reflective supervision is an essential component of programs providing direct services to young children and families. It has become the gold standard of supervision within early education and care settings. Decades of research and practice have demonstrated that reflective supervision increases the quality of care, improves job satisfaction, and increases staff retention in early childhood programs.

The reflective supervision framework creates a supervision environment that supports staff capacity-building and professional growth, leading to improvements in staff learning, decision-making, and job performance. Through a collaborative process, reflective supervisors provide staff with an opportunity to identify, explore, and reflect on their experiences in their work, increasing their capacity to problem-solve and act intentionally.

In this virtual course from the Infant-Parent Training Institute of Jewish Family & Children’s Service, supervisors will learn the process of Reflective Supervision with opportunities to practice new skills using real-life supervisory challenges from their workplaces. The course will utilize direct instruction, readings, and discussion.

Required Text

Reflective Supervision and Leadership for Infant and Early Childhood (2011), by M. C. Heffron and T. Murch, Zero to Three Publishing.

Who Should Apply

Supervisors in management and leadership positions in early education and care programs, including program directors, assistant directors, and upper-level supervisors.

Date and Time

8 Tuesdays
October 5th- November 23rd, 2021
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST


Online via Zoom


$875 for the series


Procurement of MAAEYC Continuing Education Credits are in process.

MassAIMH IECMH Endorsement®
IPTI's Reflective Supervision in Early Education and Care course has been crosswalked with the Competency Guidelines® towards MassAIMH Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® and is available for use/reference within the state of MA.

The following are the competencies that this course fulfill:

Working with Others: Building and Maintaining Relationships- Supporting Others- Collaborating- Resolving Conflict- Empathy and Compassion

Communicating: Listening- Speaking- Group Process

Thinking: Analyzing Information- Solving Problems- Exercising Sound Judgement- Maintaining Perspective- Planning and Organizing

Reflection: Contemplation- Self Awareness- Curiosity- Professional/Personal Development- Emotional Response- Parallel Process

To learn about MassAIMH IECMH Endorsement®, please visit:


Download the Reflective Supervision course application

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