Infant Mental Health: Clinical Practice With Very Young Children and Their Families

By Carolyn Joy Dayton, Carla C. Barron, Ann M. Stacks, and Johanna C. Malone
Edited by Jerrold R. Brandell

Developed in collaboration with social workers Carolyn Joy Dayton, Carla C. Barron, Ann M. Stacks, Johanna C. Malone, and Jerrold R. Brandell, this course helps participants better understand infant mental health and provide families with exceptional interventions and care.

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  • Self-Paced
  • 1.5 Credits
  • Timely Material
  • Expert Faculty

About the Course

After taking this course, you will be able to:


  • Describe infant mental health (IMH).
  • Identify interventions for the relationships between infants and their primary caretakers.
  • Describe early attachment and attachment theory in the context of infant mental health (IMH).

You will earn 1.5 credits by completing this course.

Please note: Accreditation not available in New York, New Jersey, or West Virginia.


Carolyn Dayton is an associate professor of social work and associate director of the Infant Mental Health Program at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute at Wayne State University. Her research focuses on early parenting processes in urban-dwelling families.


Carla Barron, PhD, IMH-E® is the clinical coordinator for the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute’s Infant Mental Health Program at Wayne State University. Carla has worked as an infant mental health home visitor, individual and group reflective supervisor/consultant, trainer, and researcher.


Ann M. Stacks is the director of the Infant Mental Health Program at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, Wayne State University. Her work focuses on dimensions of caregiving, in both parental and nonparental caregivers, that support the social-emotional development of children living in at-risk environments.


Johanna C. Malone, Ph.D. is a lecturer in psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. She is a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Jerrold R. Brandell is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Wayne State University School of Social Work, where he taught from 1992 -2020, and also served in several administrative roles, including interim dean. A practicing psychotherapist-psychoanalyst, he is (founding) editor-in-chief of Psychoanalytic Social Work. He has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters and 16 books in the discipline.