Infant Mental Health and Attachment

Course code:25-SS-006
Dates:September 5 - October 10, 2024 Alternate Course Dates
Meets:Th from 5:15 PM to 8:15 PM, 6 sessions
Location:Live Online via Zoom
Instructor:Tracy Walters
Fee: $400.00Fee Breakdown


Infant Mental Health and Attachment: Promoting Relationships in the Lives of Families and Young Children
This post-bachelor’s degree professional development opportunity is designed to enhance professional practice and understanding of early social and emotional development. In six sessions, participants will explore relationship-based principles and practices and dig deeper into attachment and its impact on brain development, children's development across domains, school readiness, and relationships across the lifespan. The course fee includes all required digital reading materials.


Instructor: Tracy E. Walters, M.Ed, IMH-E, ECSE, EOLD,is a team member in the Office of Child and Family Services at the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. She currently serves as Virginia’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Coordinator. Tracy has devoted 35 years of service to Early Childhood Education and Early Intervention with a focus on Mental Health for young children in the last 12 years.Tracy has served children and families in both the public and private sector throughout her career.

Some of Tracy’s engagements beyond her state appointment include serving as the Board President for the Virginia Association for Infant Mental Health, serves on the Virginia Mental Health Access Project advisory Board, and an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University. Tracy engages in Speaker appointments at both National and local conferences as an advocate for Infant and Early childhood mental health for our youngest citizens. Prior to her current engagement, she served as the Site Director for VCU Health Systems Family Care Services Unit for 28 years working with children, families and educators. Tracy’s work also encompassed studying the Reggio Emilia Schools in Italy and working for Richmond City and Chesterfield County public schools as an Early Childhood Special Educator. Tracy is truly passionate about providing information and education on the importance of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She views IECMH work as vital to a child’s overall health and development and believes that it serves as a leveraging tool for social justice. She resides in the City of Richmond and enjoys supporting local businesses and is a patron of the Arts.

Educational Journey:

  • M.ED, Special Education, Early Intervention, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University

Notable Endorsements:
  • IMH-II Leadership/Infant-Toddler Mental Health
  • IMH-E Infant Toddler Mental Health Specialist
  • Dementia Champion
  • EOLD /End of Life Doula

All sessions will be held live online via Zoom meetings.

Attendance and Participation
You are required to have your camera on during these sessions to allow for verified engagement. VCU expects that students limit outside distractions, remain in one location for the duration of the session (no driving/errands), and actively participate in group discussions and activities. Participants must attend the full workshop to receive a certificate of completion.

Workshop Requirements
Participants are expected to attend all sessions, complete assigned reading and materials prior to sessions, participate in reading-based group discussions, and complete a reflection journal and group project.

Digital Course Materials
Participants will have access to course materials through VCU Canvas Catalog. This includes complimentary access to a digital course pack containing all course readings with a value of over $200.

After your facilitator confirms you satisfied the workshop requirements, VCU will send you a link for you to certify your participation and receive your electronic certificate. Your certificate will be immediately available for download and automatically emailed to you.

Continuing Education Units
Participants have the option to earn 2.8 CEUs for completing the 28-hour course, which includes 18 hours of instructional time, with the remaining time spent on outside readings and projects in the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). If you would like to earn CEUs, select this option at registration. There is an additional fee of $30.

Cancellation and Refund Policies:
You may cancel your registration up two weeks before the course start date and receive a full refund minus a $35 credit card processing fee. After that date, no refunds will be given. Cancellations must be received via email at
In the unlikely event that this workshop is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including change or cancellation charges to include but not limited to airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

Transfer Policy:
Workshop registrations may be transferred to a different workshop or person if requested in writing via email at by the cancellation deadline. The participant must meet all prerequisites or qualifications required by the program.
Student/Participant Conduct:
Participants are subject to all university policies applicable to students, unless a specific university or VCU Continuing and Professional Education policy explicitly states otherwise. University policies governing students are available at including:
Student Code of Conduct
Honor System and Standards of Academic Conduct
Preventing and Responding to Discrimination
Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy-Interim
Sex-Based Misconduct Policy-Interim
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