Applications for the 2017 – 2018 Program are now available.

Apply by March 24, 2017 for first consideration for admission and scholarships.

Participation is by application; enrollment is limited.

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin, Department of Psychiatry, Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate Program.

Nearly one-quarter of children aged birth through five years show signs of some mental health problem. Here in Wisconsin, we have an urgent demand for mental health professionals who can effectively evaluate and treat mental health disorders in infants and young children. The Capstone Certificate in Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health from UW-Madison is a program that will prepare you to meet those demands. You will be knowledgeable in culturally sensitive, relationship-based, and reflective practices that support the development of healthy attachment relationships for families who face multiple stressors.

Employment of mental health professionals is projected to grow nearly 30% in the next decade, as more people are covered for mental health counseling through their insurers. Many of our students currently work in mental health, health, social services, or education fields. Like you, they want to better assist families in the prenatal and postpartum periods, as well as children aged birth through five years.

Through our program you will gain an enhanced understanding of mental health issues in infants, children, and parents, and build the skills to support children’s social and emotional development. You will also acquire the knowledge and competencies to pursue Endorsement as an Infant Family Specialist, Infant Mental Health Specialist, or Infant Mental Health Mentor through the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health (WI-AIMH).

Our courses are taught by nationally recognized experts and state specialists in the field. We provide a small group setting where you receive reflective mentoring, discuss cases, and participate in a Mindfulness Class. You will also build relationships with people who work in this specialty area and who share your goals and interest in working with infants, young children, and their families.