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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 2018-2019 course listing.

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

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 who is struggling with depression, anxiety, or other emotional difficulties while caring for an infant or young child 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.


CEUs for some disciplines will be available.


Download the Maternal Mental Health course application. For more information, email your questions to

Reflective Supervision

Course Description

Reflective supervision is a key component in infant and early childhood mental health work. It is a proven model to increase self-awareness and effectiveness for supervisors and staff who are engaged in relationship-based practice. Reflective supervision is a collaborative process that provides the supervisee with an opportunity to identify, explore, and reflect on their own as well as the family’s experience.

This course will integrate theory and skill-building, with an emphasis on the practice of reflective supervision using present case material. Using supervisory challenges from their own practice, course participants will engage in group reflective process to identify, explore, and reflect on new ways to guide and support their supervisees. This course is intended for participants from a variety of workplace settings.

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 from various disciplines that provide services to children and families: Clinical SW, psychology, LMHC; allied health professionals, Early Intervention providers, maternal health/mental health providers.

Day and Time

Meets for nine Wednesdays
October 16 - December 18, 2019
(No meeting November 27)
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.


JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA


$900 for nine sessions
CEUs for some disciplines will be available.


Download the Reflective Supervision course application. For more information, email your questions to or call 781-693-5652.

For more information, contact us at or 781-693-5652.
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