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Developmental Care CNE Module 8 -  Develop Care & Infant Mental Health: Strategies for Social-Emotional Care of NICU Families

Developmental Care CNE Module 8 - Develop Care & Infant Mental Health: Strategies for Social-Emotional Care of NICU Families

Developmental Care CNE Module

Module 8: Develop Care & Infant Mental Health: Strategies for Social-Emotional Care of NICU Families 1.5 CNE contact hours

Enhance your developmental care studies with this online CNE learning module, which serves as a supplement to the Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants: A Guide for Health Professionals, second edition. Developed by the editors and authors of Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants: A Guide for Health Professionals, second edition, this module reinforces the most relevant and important aspects of developmental care.

If you are a nurse seeking to obtain the CNE contact hours, you should have read or studied the relevant portions of Developmental Care of Newborns and Infants, participated in another related course of study in developmental care, or draw upon your professional experience. Some learners may choose to use this learning module as a self-assessment tool. This self-study module includes a PDF with a brief written overview of one aspect of developmental care, a list of the related developmental care standards, several "points to remember," recommended supplemental readings, one or more reflective exercises, and one or more case studies. The learner must complete a post-test and an evaluation in order to receive the designated contact hours. This module is intended for nurses and occupational, physical, respiratory, and speech therapists.

This module is an aid and does not include an in-depth description of the subject matter. Instead, serves as a study guide that augments and builds on what learners are reading and studying or upon their professional experiences in developmental care as a means to promote understanding and retention.

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Developmental Care CNE Module

Module 8: Develop Care & Infant Mental Health: Strategies for Social-Emotional Care of NICU Families 1.5 CNE contact hours
Contact hours available through July 31, 2017.

This product includes a PDF overview of the module as well as a post-test and evaluation the learner will complete to receive the designated contact hours. This module is an aid and does not include an in-depth description of the subject matter. Instead, should be used as a study guide to augment and build on what learners are reading and studying or upon their professional experiences in developmental care as a means to promote understanding and retention.

Authors
Gay Gale, MS RNC-NIC, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Berkeley, CA, and Children's Hospital and Research Center at Oakland, Oakland, CA
Mary Claire Heffron, PhD, Children's Hospital and Research Center at Oakland, Oakland, CA

Module Summary
Infant mental health refers to interventions that support healthy social and emotional development in children from birth to 3 years of age. Interventions are provided within three service modalities: promotion of wellness and positive parent-child engagement, prevention or reduction of risks related to a child's health and development and/or parental factors, and psychotherapeutic treatment for dysfunction in the parent-child relationship.
Key concepts in infant mental health correspond to concepts of relationship-based developmental interventions that support positive infant-parent interactions in the NICU. Developmental care strategies that overlap with strategies used in infant mental health include support for parent-infant co-regulation, attunement, and attachment; recognition of the primacy of the parent in the child's life, use of relationship-based interventions that support a child's social-emotional development, use of a collaborative parent-staff approach, and creation of opportunities for parents to appreciate and enjoy their infant and feel competent. Although not considered a traditional developmental intervention, encouragement for lactation and breastfeeding during a NICU stay may have long-term benefits for social-emotional development for infants, especially those whose mothers have numerous risk factors.
The concepts of parallel process and reflective process also are key to infant mental health. Parallel process refers to the nurturing relationship that forms between the parent and the mental health specialist or clinician, which in turn supports the parent in nurturing his or her infant. The reflective process refers to development of awareness of the self (one's feelings, reactions, and motivations, for example). The reflective process is used to help parents become aware of their thoughts and feelings and those of their infant during interactions.

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