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Fellowship in early relational health


2025-2026 UMass Chan Fellowship In Early Relational Health:

The University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School Fellowship in Early Relational Health is now accepting applications for its 2025-2026 program schedule to begin in early 2025. Join this exceptional and highly acclaimed hybrid training program designed to advance the quality of health care services for infants and young children in the context of their earliest relationships. Formerly at UMass Boston, the UMass Chan Fellowship in the Early Relational Health has been redesigned in a hybrid format, including both in-person and remote-learning sessions, requiring 6 intensive four-day retreats in Worcester, MA, in addition to 12 interspersed remote learning weekends, over the course of 20 months. This part-time learning experience, including approximately 300 learning hours, supports professionals to integrate their learning into their current work settings.  Participants earn an Advanced Postgraduate Certificate in Early Relational Health.

The mission of the Fellowship is to enhance the knowledge base of professionals supporting society's most vulnerable children and families, understanding cutting edge assessments and 2-generation dyadic relationship-based interventions that improve the mental health and well-being of caregivers and close the gap in young children's development and provide relational resilience to overcome adversities from trauma, poverty, and systemic racism. Graduates frequently earn positions of leadership in their communities and systems of practice and have had incredible worldwide impact in community-based programs supporting vulnerable families from birth, developed as a direct result of their participation in this Fellowship.   

Internationally recognized as the gold standard of training in the early relational health field, Fellows learn directly from Chief Faculty Ed Tronick and other world luminaries who in the past have included Bruce Perry, Stephen Porges, Marva Lewis, David Willis, Charles Zeanah, Joy Osofsky, Brenda Jones Harden, Beatrice Beebe, Bessel van der Kolk, Barry Zuckerman, Peter Fonagy, Alicia Lieberman, George Downing, Arietta Slade, Alice Carter, Barbara Stroud, Deborah Weatherston, Christopher Watkins, Catherine Lord, Rachel Yehuda, Lynne Murray, Peter Cooper, Colwyn Trevarthen, and many more.  Moreover, Fellows are supported in the integration of their learning to their clinical practice/policy/educational settings by a dynamic interdisciplinary Core Faculty who guide and support Fellows throughout the program.

Open to a full range of interdisciplinary professionals, including physicians, psychologists, nurses, psychotherapists, educators, social workers, SLPs, OTs, PTs, developmental and clinical researchers, policy advocates, and others working with young children 0-6 and their caregivers, Fellows benefit from the rich exchanges between a diverse group of professionals, all aiming to support early relational health and overcome systemic barriers to health equity.  The program attracts both mid-career and senior-level clinicians in each discipline from countries all around the world and across the United States and has consistently positioned participants in leadership positions within their scope of practice.