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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.

Perinatal Mental Health

Course Description

Maternal depression is the number one complication of birth, and yet there is much misinformation and misunderstanding around what this condition really is, what it looks like, and how to help. What we may know about Postpartum Depression, or PPD, often overlooks the vast range of individual experiences, clinical nuances, and cultural considerations.

This course will examine the spectrum of how mood and anxiety symptoms may manifest in the perinatal period, which encompasses the fertility process, pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum. Considerations of intersectionality will be paramount in assisting participants in understanding the unique and diverse experiences of their clients, as well as helping inform clinicians in responsive and trauma-informed care.

About the Faculty

Dr. Lauren Brown is a licensed clinical psychologist and maternal mental health advocate with a private practice in Concord, MA. She counsels individuals on fertility and family planning, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum health, and work-life transition.

Dr. Brown has specialized training in the treatment of trauma and reproductive psychology and holds a certification in Perinatal Mental Health from Postpartum Support International, where she is a member of the Executive Committee. She has presented at national conferences and to general audiences on the topics of prenatal and postpartum mental health, gender identity, countertransference, and suicide prevention. Dr. Brown has also served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Hartford, Psychology Department.

Day and Time

Fridays, February 2021 (2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26)
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. 


Online, via Zoom video conferencing. 


CEUs are available for some disciplines. 


Download the Perinatal Mental Health Course application. Please send the completed application and a copy of your résumé to The $300 tuition deposit can be paid using our online bill pay system or via check payable to JF&CS and mailed to Gabrielle Jacobs, Infant-Parent Training Institute, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451. Balance of tuition is due by the first class.

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

Reflective Supervision in Early Education & Care

Course Description

Supervisors in early education and care settings are often teachers and staff who have been promoted to supervisory positions without specific supervisory training. They face multiple challenges in their new roles as they try to maintain the right balance of motivating staff and holding them accountable.

Reflective supervision offers a structure that enables supervisors to help teachers and staff think about their work, set goals, and become more effective at their jobs. It is a collaborative process that provides 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, 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.

Course topics include: 

  • Building tools as a supervisor
  • Exploring goals and challenges in supervision
  • Supporting supervisee’s professional development
  • Responding to the intense feelings brought up by the work
  • Preventing burnout

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 within early education and care settings

Day and Time

Meets for eight Wednesdays
September 23 – November 18
(No meeting November 11)
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.


This course meets online, via Zoom video conferencing.


$875 for eight sessions


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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