Professional Development Resource Library

Welcome to the HealthySteps (HS) Professional Development (PD) Resource Library! This is a living and growing resource that we hope you will both benefit from and contribute to. 

Below are links to a wide range of articleswebsiteseLearning courses, and other training materials spanning topics related to infant mental health and early childhood development. We have selected these resources to support HS Specialists of diverse disciplines. While our goal is to offer free or low-cost materials, we have included some higher-cost training courses that are foundational or when few (or no) other options are available.


The resource library is divided into categories based on the HS Specialist Competencies plus two additional categories:

Table of Contents

*Area 7 – The HS National Office is not included in the PD Library

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This resource was developed and is maintained in partnership with the Montefiore Medical Center’s HealthySteps Program. Please note that the HS National Office is not responsible for the content within these resources.

Last updated July 2024

Area 1: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access, & Belonging (DEIAB)

External Resources

Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth
Diversity Science offers several e-learning courses on effective and feasible strategies for ensuring culturally responsive, high-quality, bias-free patient care in an increasingly diverse world. The pregnancy course is free on the HS LEARN page (link above), and the full course catalog is available on the their website.
Website • Diversity Science • Competency 1-K6, 1-S1, 3, & 5

Early Childhood Integrated Behavioral Health: A Promoter of Equity in Pediatric Care
Journal article on how HS promotes equity.
Article/Book • Society of Pediatric Psychology • Competency 1-S13 • FREE

Words Matter: AAP Guidance on Inclusive, Anti-biased Language
Guidance from the AAP on anti-biased language.
Website • AAP • Competency 1-S3 & 10 • FREE

Area 2: Child Development and Well-Being

HealthySteps Resources

From Tiny to Toddler
Developed by the HS National Office, this 12-module course guides HS Specialists through pediatric well-baby checkups, reviewing pertinent information on development, anticipatory guidance, and positive parenting to support HS Specialists in conducting team-based well-child visits.
Learning • HealthySteps • Competency 2K-1 • FREE

External Resources

Keystones Curriculum
Guide to well-baby checkups and early childhood social/emotional development. This course was developed for pediatric residents but is ideal for HS Specialists as well. eLearning • Mt. Sinai Parenting Center • Competency 2-K1 • free for HS Network*
*access it for free by clicking “My Program Has a Token” and entering the code: ZTT-HSS-2019

Addressing Early Childhood Emotional and Behavioral Problems
Technical report on treatment options for mental health concerns in early childhood.
Article/Book • AAP • Competencies 2-K1, 2-K4, 2-S1 • FREE

Autism Navigator
This website offers resources for both professionals and caregivers about how to identify autism risk in young children. They have many free resources as well as some paid offerings.
Website • Autism Navigator • Competency 2K-4, 2S-4 • FREE

Brain Story Certification
The University of Oxford, in partnership with the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, is working to share knowledge about the science of brain development with families and professionals. This information is important for everybody to understand how our earliest experiences can affect our long-term mental and physical health.
Lifelong health is determined by more than just our genes: experiences at sensitive periods of development change the brain in ways that increase or decrease risk for later physical and mental illness, including addiction. That finding is the premise of the Brain Story, which puts scientific concepts into a narrative that is salient to both expert and non-expert audiences. The Brain Story synthesizes decades of research and reflects a body of knowledge that experts agree is useful for policy-makers and citizens to understand.
The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) has developed an online course to make Brain Story science available to professionals and the public. Brain Story Certification is designed for those seeking a deeper understanding of brain development and its consequences for lifelong health.
eLearning • Alberta Family Wellness Initiative • Competency 2-K5 • FREE

Learn the Signs. Act Early.
This website works to improve the early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, by facilitating parent-engaged developmental monitoring and promoting developmental screening. The program has three components: Health Education Campaign, Act Early Initiative, and Research and Evaluation.
Website • Centers for Disease Control • Competency 2-K1 • FREE

Early Childhood Health and Development
Check out the AAP’s wealth of resources related to early childhood. You can find links to information on a wide variety of topics including the power of play, early literacy, safe environments, developmental surveillance and screening, maternal mental health and more.
Website • AAP • Competency – broad range • FREE

Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Comprehensive review of autism spectrum disorder.
eLearning • American Academy of Pediatrics • Competency 2-K1, 6-S2 • FREE

Recognizing Early Motor Delays
Website with specific developmental milestone resources and more. Appropriate for HS Specialists and caregivers as well.
Website • Pathways • Competency 2K-1 • FREE

What Is Early Childhood Development? A Guide to the Science (ECD 1.0)
Healthy development in the early years (particularly birth to three) provides the building blocks for educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, strong communities, and successful parenting of the next generation. What can we do during this incredibly important period to ensure that children have a strong foundation for future development? The Center on the Developing Child created this Guide to Early Childhood Development (ECD) to help parents, caregivers, practitioners, and policymakers understand the importance of early childhood development and learn how to support children and families during this critical stage.
eLearning • Harvard University Center on the Developing Child • Competency 2-K5, 2-K7, 2-S9, 3-K4 • FREE

Area 3: The Caregiving Relationship

HealthySteps Resources

Babies, Toddlers, and Sleep
These two 1-hr webinars are discussions with pediatric sleep specialists (MDs) specifically about how HS Specialists can support caregivers regarding sleep.
Webinar • HealthySteps • Competency 3-K8 • FREE

Focus on Feeding in Pediatrics: Promotion, Problems, and Positive Practices
Five-session overview of feeding, 25-120 min per session.
Symposium • ZERO TO THREE/HealthySteps  • Competency 3-K8, 3-S5 • FREE

External Resources

2 Month-5 Early Relational Health Developmental Milestone Timeline
Developmental milestones specifically for early relational health.
Website • AAP • Competency 2-K1, 2-K9 and 10, 2-S1, 4 & 6 • FREE

Baby Sleep
Support for caregivers in navigating baby/toddlers sleep challenges. Appropriate for providers and caregivers as well. Content available in 17 languages!
Website • Pediatric Sleep Council • Competency 3-K8 • FREE

Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator
Research-based reflective model to guide caregivers on connecting with their children contingently; “training providers with many different backgrounds and from many different disciplines to help caregivers connect with the children in their lives.”
Live Virtual Training • Circle Of Security International •  Competency 3S-6, 3-S7 • $

Early Relational Health in Practice
Short videos for primary care providers focusing on promoting early relational health in practice.
eLearning • AAP • Competency 3-K1 & 3, 3-S8, & 4-K7 • FREE

Healthy Children
Website created by the AAP with information for caregivers.
Website • AAP • Competency 3-K6, 3-K9 • FREE

Lactation Counselor Training
The Center for Breastfeeding’s Lactation Counselor Training Course.
Live In-Person Training • Center for Breastfeeding • Competency 3-K8 • $

PCIT Webcourse, UC Davis
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Training – this e-learning course is an introduction to PCIT principles through 11 modules (10 hours).
eLearning • PCIT UC Davis • Competency 3-K9 • FREE

Perinatal Mental Health: Culturally Informed Approaches to Screening, Assessment And Treatment
Two-part pre-recorded webinar; CE available.
Webinar • Postpartum Support International (PSI) • FREE

Period of PURPLE Crying Training for Implementation
This course will educate and prepare providers to deliver the evidence-based Period of PURPLE Crying® education and materials to caregivers.
eLearning • Natl. Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome • 3-K8 • FREE

Selecting Appropriate Toys for Young Children in the Digital Era
Clinical Report with guidance for caregivers on encouraging early relational health and development through play.
Article • AAP • Competency 2-K10, 2-S7 • FREE

The Tantrum Survival Guide: Tune in to your toddler’s mind (and your own) to calm the craziness and make family fun again
Focus on connection and caregiver self-regulation; offers concrete recommendations and fun to read.
Book • Rebecca Schrag Hershberg • Competency 3-K6, 9, 3-S10 • $

Training in Post Partum Parenting
PREPP: Practical Resources for Effective Postpartum Parenting is a dyadically-oriented protocol for the prevention of postpartum depression. It uses targeted psychotherapy and infant behavior interventions in a brief and accessible model in conjunction with routine perinatal medical visits.
Live Virtual Training • Perinatal Pathways – The Lab of Dr. Catherine Monk at Columbia University Irving Medical Center • Competency 3-S11, 3-K12 • $ (inquire)

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program
Training courses for both providers and parents. Triple P goffers simple and practical strategies to help caregivers build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behavior and prevent problems developing. Triple P is used in more 30 countries and has been shown to work across cultures, socio-economic groups and in many different kinds of family structures.
Live Virtual Training • Triple P International • Competency 3-K6, 3-S5 • $

Area 4: Caregiver and Family Well-Being

External Resources

Don’t Hit My Mommy! A Manual for Child-Parent Psychotherapy With Young Children Exposed to Violence and Other Trauma
Book about child-parent psychotherapy to learn about and treat trauma in dyads.
Book • Alicia Lieberman • Competency 3-K9, 4-K7 • $

Incorporating Recognition and Management of Perinatal Depression Into Pediatric Practice
Best practice for screening and addressing perinatal depression in primary care pediatrics.
Article • AAP • Competency 3-S11, 4-K9, 4-K10, 4-S13, 4-S14 • FREE

Maternal Mental Health Now
Multiple courses for primary care providers, practice staff, and HS Specialists on addressing postpartum depression (including screening guidance and interventions with caregivers).
eLearning • Maternal Mental Health Now • Competency 3-K10, 3-K12, 3-S11, 4-K10, 4-K11, 4-S13 • $

Perinatal Mental Health
Provides educational and support services addressing perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMADS).
Website • Postpartum International • Competency 3-S11 • FREE

Preventing Childhood Toxic Stress: Partnering with Families and Communities to Promote Relational Health
AAP policy statement on toxic stress.
Article • AAP • Competencies 6-S2, 2-K13, 4-S10 • FREE

Trauma Informed Care in Child Health Systems
AAP policy statement and overview of trauma-informed care.
Article • AAP • Competency 1-K5, 4-K7, 4-S10, 6-K3 • FREE

Trauma-Informed Care
Clinical report on infusing a trauma-informed lens on primary care pediatrics.
Article • AAP • Competency 1-K5, 2-K13, 2-S9, 3-K9, 4-K7, 4-S10 • FREE

Area 5: Health Care Systems

External Resources

Breaking down Silos with a Butter Knife: Lessons Learned from Integrated Pediatric Behavioral Health
The Montefiore team describes program components, lessons learned, a clinical case, and evaluation results from their initial years of integrated behavioral health in pediatrics.
Article • Briggs, German, and Schrag • Competency • available on request via [email protected]

HealthySteps for Young Children: Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care for Young Children and their Families
Multiple book chapters on HS including “Integrated Early Childhood Behavioral Health in Primary Care” and “Stories from the Exam Room”
Book  • Springer Publishing • Competency • available on request via [email protected]

Maternal Mental Health Now
Multiple courses for primary care providers, practice staff, & HS Specialists on addressing postpartum depression (including screening guidance and interventions with caregivers.)
eLearning • Maternal Mental Health Now • Competency 3-K10, 3-K12, 3-S11, 4-K10, 4-K11, 4-S13 • $

Area 6: Community and Early Childhood Systems of Care

External Resources

Help Me Grow
Help Me Grow is a system of support for pregnant women, caregivers with new babies, and families with young children with developmental delays and disabilities.
Website • Help Me Grow • Competency • FREE

Area 8: Supervision of the HS Specialist

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Reflective Practice

HealthySteps Resources

Mindfulness For HS Specialists
There are two modules in this eLearning course. The first provides an overview of adding mindfulness in a pediatric health care setting and the second explores how HS Specialists can utilize mindfulness techniques with the children and families they work with.
eLearning • HealthySteps • FREE

External Resources

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Relationship Foundation for Lifelong Health
This course, designed for primary care pediatric providers, aims to increase learner knowledge and confidence in building strong relationships with families and skills to help families be attuned to their young children in order to better address social-emotional/mental health concerns. Faciliating Attunded Interactions (FAN).
eLearning • American Academy of Pediatrics • Competency 4-K5, 4-S8, 5-S5, 5-S6 • FREE (use code SAVE5)

HealthySteps Clinical Skill-Building

External Resources

Parent-Child Care (PC-CARE)
Parent-Child Care (PC-CARE) is a six-session dyadic treatment program for families that are interested in improving caregiver-child relationships and are willing to learn new child behavior management strategies. It serves families with children ages 1 to 10 years. A wide range of caregivers can participate, including biological parents, foster and kin caregivers, and adoptive caregivers. PC-CARE can be provided by mental health clinicians as a mental health intervention, and paraprofessionals as a prevention service.
Live Virtual Training • UC Davis • Competency 3-K6, 9, 3-S10 • FREE until 2027, then $