This web-based lecture series brings world renowned experts in infant mental health learning and practice to you in an economical and flexible format that can be easily integrated into staff engagement and continuing professional education.

View Recorded Lectures on Demand for 2 full years of access.

Register today to gain essential knowledge for supporting infants and families.


It is imperative that practitioners working with young children and families have a solid understanding of the needs of infants and toddlers in order to promote healthy social emotional development in the early years and reduce the likelihood of poor mental and physical health outcomes in the later years.

The early years have a unique and formative impact on development, relationships, and functioning throughout life. The literature on early childhood development overwhelmingly confirms that poor parenting, abuse and neglect in the first three years of life have profound and devastating effects on brain development and emotional functioning. These infants soon become the children in our school system who may already lag behind their peers, and are also more vulnerable to a host of health and emotional problems throughout their lifespan including depression and addictions. Research shows that many adverse outcomes can be prevented when parents are provided with support and information that enables them to be optimally responsive to their infants and young children. When there are identified risks and disorders in young children or in family functioning, well planned and evidence-informed intervention can promote optimal outcomes. The science is clear – early experiences in the first three years impact the architecture of the brain – this impact can be life-long and profoundly positive or negative depending on the quality and consistency of the experiences.

This training program aims to increase knowledge about infant mental health among all staff within community-based agencies in order to affect a culture shift, to empower individuals to be agents of change in their roles and to ensure that every child served by their organization has access to the best mental health outcomes possible.The inclusion of infant mental health promotion, prevention, and treatment as a key focus of practice within community based health and/or social service organizations will lead to enhanced:

  • Understanding of just how critical early mental health is for a child, a community, and society at large;
  • Understanding of risk and protective factors that contribute to early mental health and development;
  • Promotion of infant mental health practices within a community agency that can be shared with families and other community agencies;
  • Integration of practices that focus on the prevention of infant mental health trauma;
  • Embedding of screening practices to identify when a child may be experiencing poor mental health in the first three years of life; and
  • Integration of interventions that can be provided to a child who is experiencing poor mental health or at risk of experiencing poor mental health within the community.

Training Format:
Each participating organization would purchase a license which would allow all staff within their organization/ site to access the training which will include:

  • 13 training sessions (recorded between January and August 2020), 2 hours per session (approximately 30 hours total).
  • Access the training at your own pace, in team meetings or individually.
  • Access to session notes, slides, and applicable handouts. 

Audience may include all program staff who has contact with infants and families including those involved in:
  •  Home visiting
  • CAPC/CPNP programs
  • Head Start
  • Public Health Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Intervention Services
  • Infant Development Programs
  • Family Support
  • Pre- and Post-natal Care
  • Early Learning and Care Settings
  • Early Years Centres and Family Literacy Centres


Questions? Problems? Consult our Frequently Asked Questions. Still unsure? Contact us at imp.mail@sickkids.ca.





Certificate of Completion

In order to obtain an individual certificate of completion for a given lecture series, each participant must 1) be registered with registration fees covered (either by themselves, by their organization, or by an agreement with IMHP), 2) complete all surveys, including the Feedback Survey and Session Quiz after viewing EACH session. Please note that each lecture series has its own surveys. 

All Session details, Handouts and Links will be available to registrants through this site.
See ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS tab for more details.


  • Where

  • The Hospital for Sick Children
    SickKids PGCRL 686 Bay St.
    Multimedia Room
    Toronto, Ontario M5G 0A4
    416-813-7654 x 207205

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