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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

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, May 1, 8, 15, 22
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. 


Due to the COVID-19 situation, this course is being offered online via Zoom video conferencing. 


CEUs are available for some disciplines. 


Download the Maternal Mental Health course application. Please send the completed application and a copy of your resume to A tuition deposit of $300 (checks should be made payable to JF&CS) can be mailed to Gabrielle Jacobs, Administrative Coordinator, Infant-Parent Training Institute, JF&CS, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451. The deposit can also be paid online. Balance of tuition is due by the first class.

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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