Foundations in ICAMH 1: Infant Mental Health

Estimated Duration: 
3 hours

This course is part of the series: Foundations in Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health. They are an introduction for primary-level professionals who want to improve their knowledge, skills and attitudes for working with infants, children and adolescents with, or at risk of having, mental health, alcohol or drug issues.

There are four courses in the Foundations in ICAMH series. In each course you will learn about normal childhood development as well as common issues and problems related to each stage of a child’s life.

  • Foundations in ICAMH 1: Infant Mental Health 
  • Foundations in ICAMH 2: Child Mental Health  
  • Foundations in ICAMH 3: Adolescent Mental Health
  • Foundations in ICAMH 4: Supporting the Mental Health of Infants, Children and Adolescents.

These courses are all available in the Goodfellow Learning catalogue.

You may view each course individually and complete all or individual courses.

Additionally, you may choose to complete all four courses then a separate 30 minute end-of-course assessment to gain Werry Centre Accreditation. When you answer over 80% of these questions correctly, you will receive a final certificate stating that you have achieved a level of knowledge equivalent to the Werry Centre's Primary Level of Real Skills Plus.  This may be useful as evidence of your clinical knowledge during future workplace based competency evaluations and performance appraisals.

Welcome to Foundations in Infant (0–5 years) Mental Health. 

This course provides an overview of: developmental milestones; developmentally appropriate practice; common mental health issues; ways to identify parental mental ill-health.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Compare and contrast the brains of infants and children.
  2. Define several theoretical concepts of the social, emotional and cognitive development of infants.
  3. Define attachment and describe secure attachment in an infant. 
  4. Identify the four main types of attachment. 
  5. Compare and contrast infants’ temperaments and comment on how stable temperament is across infancy, childhood and adolescence. 
  6. Describe effective parenting and recall four types of parenting styles. 
  7. Understand how the ‘rouge test’ can be used to establish theory of mind, and identify why theory of mind is important in emotional development.
  8. Describe the impact of families and systems, and how these directly influence the health and wellbeing of infants. 
  9. Understand ways to support infants who have parents with mental illness and other disorders (e.g. children of parents experiencing mental ill-health and/or addictions – COPMIA).
  10. Define common mental health disorders seen in infancy and early childhood (in particular problems with feeding, sleeping and autism spectrum disorders).

At any time you can log out of the course. When you return, use the orange navigation buttons on the right hand side of the screen to select a page to return to.


Following this course you will find a short quiz designed to help consolidate your learning. After completion, hit the 'Submit' button to get your certificate for three hours of CME.


This content has been developed by the Werry Centre, a research, teaching and workforce development centre for child and adolescent mental health, situated within the Department of Psychological Medicine and Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health, one of the five Schools within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.


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