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Infant and Early Child Mental Health

Infant and Early Child Mental Health

Program Code:IMH
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

This two semester Ontario College Graduate Certificate prepares front line service providers with the skills and qualifications to provide mental health support to infants, children, and their families. The combination of theoretical and practical course content provides students with the knowledge, skills, and judgment to contribute to positive mental health when working with infants, children, families, or in community settings.

The program is designed for front line service providers or recent graduates of programs such as, early childhood education, child and youth worker, health practitioners, community and social service workers, and recreational therapists working with infants, children, and families who wish to obtain a specialization in mental health to better support infants and their families. The program provides students with applied courses in infant and children's mental health, family dynamics, community mental health, therapeutic approaches, and crisis intervention in addition to exploring prevention, detection, and supportive programming for infants, children and their families. Students are also exposed to the practical applications of current research in the field of infant mental health and develop an understanding of risk and protective factors, and early intervention applications.

Note: There is a mandatory field placement in either first or second semester. Students will be required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Police Check, an up to date medical form, and Standard First Aid and CPR. The documents will be validated by a third party.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario university or college degree, or three-year college diploma or equivalent.
  • We will consider applicants with a two-year college diploma and six months of work experience in the field of early childhood development or a related discipline. Résumé and references must be provided.
  • English Proficiency at the postsecondary level.

Prior To Beginning Of Class:

  • Current immunization report and report of chest x–ray or tuberculin skin test.
  • A valid Standard First Aid Certificate (16 hours).
  • A valid CPR "C" Certificate.
  • Vulnerable Sector Police Reference Check.
    • Applicants living in the city of Toronto can expect to wait a minimum of 8-12 weeks to receive a Police Check.


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Your Career

The early years have a unique and formative impact on development, relationships, functioning and overall health outcomes throughout life. The robust body of research and literature on early childhood development, including early mental health confirms that adversities such as: abuse, neglect, trauma can have a profound and devastating effect on brain development, emotional functioning and physical and mental health outcomes. The certificate in infant mental health will increase knowledge and skill for those wanting to work with vulnerable young children and their families. You will be prepared to work in settings such as child protection agencies, early intervention, children’s mental health, child welfare, infant development, family support, settlement programs.

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2017/2018 Academic Year

Semester 1
IMH102 Foundations of Mental Health Practice
IMH103 Dynamics of the Family
IMH105 Integrating Attachment and Brain Development
IMH106 Human Development
IMH107 Children with Diverse Abilities
Semester 2
IMH201 Understanding and Responding to the Challenging Behaviour of Young Children
IMH203 Health Promotion and Education
IMH204 Advanced Practice in Infant and Early Child Mental Health
IMH205 Screening and Assessment: Infants, Young Children and Families
IMH206 Promoting Resilience in Infants and Young Children Impacted by Stress and Trauma
IMH207 Field Placement IMH

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAD104 Human Development - Part I
IMH101 Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
IMH102 Foundations of Mental Health Practice
IMH103 Dynamics of the Family
IMH104 Health Psychology
Semester 2
EAD306 Children with Special Needs
EAD510 Emotional Well Being in Young Children
IMH201 Understanding and Responding to the Challenging Behaviour of Young Children
IMH202 Contemporary Issues: Connecting Brain Development and Early Mental Health
IMH203 Health Promotion and Education

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Daniela Zarpellon
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55016
International Admissions Advisor: International Admissions
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22364
Registration Advisor:
  Daniela Zarpellon
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55016
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Jennifer Lewis
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55204
Program Chair: Mary Fisher
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22040
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