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Babies and young children grow at an amazing rate, and learn and change daily. Sometimes, though, they have mental and/or physical development issues that cause them and their families to struggle. If you work in a childcare, nursing, or counseling environment and want to better understand how to help these families, earning a certificate might be for you.
Do I need an infant mental health certificate?
Your infant mental health certification is optional. Earning a certificate does, however, show your dedication to the field, add sparkle to your resume, and give you credibility. It may also result in a pay increase and open doors to other positions.
There are varying degrees of certification available. However, most programs target those who already work with children in some way. For example, certificates are available for those who work in pediatric nursing. Other certificates are offered if you work in counseling or teaching.
Certificates are often further broken down depending on your level of education. While some list a bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite, others require you to be working at the graduate level.
Regardless of the type of certificate you work towards, the coursework focuses on identifying and understanding mental health conditions in babies and children from the prenatal stages to ages three to six (depending on the program).
Typical classes cover child development, assessments and diagnosis, intervention techniques, attachment issues, and family interactions. Most programs take about one year to complete.
With your certificate neatly framed on the wall (and added to your resume), you can hunt down better job opportunities, ask for a raise, or just take pride in your accomplishment.