Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program

Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program


you the Napa Infant Parent Mental Health Fellowship was actually created to help professionals advance their learning in working with children 0 to 5 and their families. Our Fellowship is really known around the world as one of the highest quality training programs in the field. One of the benefits of our program is that it’s designed for working professionals. Individuals can come in, typically we meet Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8 to 5 once a month and individuals come into the Napa Valley do their work and will return to work on Monday, so it’s a wonderful program for individuals who want to continue to work and also incorporate the concepts into their practice. Our faculty are amazing and we have thought leaders from around the world who have joined our faculty and have great passion for training.We divide our program into three parts— the first part of the program is where we’re coming in with basic skills. After that we go into learning with luminaries, where we spend weekends intensely examining a particular lens or theory through an individual’s perspective and then finally in the last portion of what we call it integration, how I’m going to take what I’ve learned and been exposed to and actually incorporated into my practice. All of our fellows participate in both group and individual mentoring, or we would call it reflective practice support. Another important aspect of our program is that our fellows leave the training either certified or in some cases exposed to and trained in several different important models for our field. One of those would be Kathryn Barnard’s NCAST parent-child interaction scales, fussy baby work, Brazelton’s touchpoints model, Connie Lillas’s neurorelational framework, Bruce Perry’s neurosequential model of therapeutics and George Downing’s video intervention therapy, in addition to Fonagy’s mentalization process. One of the wonderful aspects of our program is we meet in California’s Napa Valley and our fellows typically enjoy dinners together during the weekend and they can also have some time to tour the Napa Valley, and it’s a lovely setting for us to reflect on our work and to learn together. Most of our graduate fellows say it’s literally an explosion of learning and many of them tell us it was the finest professional experience they’ve ever had in their career.

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  1. This is an excellent program and I use so many of the concepts and tools in my work with expectant couples and new parents to promote the bonding and attachment relationships, throughout systems of care, to enhance the physical and social/emotional health of us all.

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