Elliott Ingersoll, Certificate Program Coordinator
Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision, & Adult Learning
Early Childhood Mental Health counseling is a growing specialization in working with children ages 0-6, their families, and the providers employed in settings dealing with this age group. This certificate has two tracks, one for those delivering the actual interventions (counseling) and those in similar settings who are not directly delivering interventions but supervising those who do (consultation). Early Child Mental Health Services are supportive interventions designed to strengthen the optimal development of a young child within the context of the family and community. Young children and families served include premature, underweight, medically fragile or chronically ill babies; young children with identified disabilities or developmental delays; adolescent parents; depressed parents; parents who are unprepared or overwhelmed by the care of a baby/child; and parents at social or emotional risk in the care-giving role. This program is designed to be delivered in an online and weekend intensive format to draw students from across the state of Ohio.
The counseling and counseling psychology specialization faculty are involved in conceptual and applied research related to the neuroscientific and epigenetic correlates of childhood mental health problems as well as working with families in counseling and victim assistance following traumas. Research also includes the role of culture in mental health, understanding developmental lines, and coaching caregivers in their work with children.
Early Childhood Mental Health is a specialization with a growing need for professionals in Ohio. Based on Governor Ted Strickland’s Early Childhood Health Initiative, the specialization will play a growing role across the state.
Admission to the certificate program counseling track is open to current students in counseling, social work, and counseling or school psychology, or those with a license for mental health practice in the state of Ohio. Admission to the certificate program consultation track is open to current students in education, public health or behavioral science programs as well as those holding degrees in these areas. Application materials should be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office.
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For further information, contact:
Education Student Services Center
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Julka Hall 170
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: (216) 687-4625 Fax: (216) 687-9284