2014 Infant Development & Supported Child Development

Registration for 2014 is now closed. View the 2015 program.

Summer Institute Prematurity: Childhood outcomes and effective family interventions for behaviour and mental health 

This intensive course will describe the developmental course and range of cognitive, behavioural and motor outcomes among children born very prematurely. The child will be tracked from a multidisciplinary perspective, through the perinatal and neonatal periods, infancy, preschool years and school age.

Topics will include some of the common medical conditions and treatments that very premature babies experience in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the impact of the NICU stay on families, as well as research on neonatal pain and stress, parent stress and effects of parent involvement in neonatal care. An overview of the literature on prematurity and attachment will be given and interventions for a variety of ‘at-risk’ conditions from the time of discharge through to school age will be covered.

Timing of assessment and diagnosis will be debated alongside timing of interventions for skill acquisition in language, cognition, behavioural regulation and g executive functions. This will be followed by a focus on therapies and parent-child interventions that will support the family, parent and child adapt optimally from a behavioral and mental health standpoint.

Topics will be delivered using both lecture format and through experiential learning using self-discovery methods such as reflection and journaling, as well as small-group interactions and role-play.

Dr. Julie Petrie Thomas

As Developmental Clinical Consultant in the Psychology Department at BC Children’s and Women’s Hospitals, Dr. Julie Petrie Thomas is a full-time staff member in the Neonatal Follow-up Program (NFUP). Dr. Petrie Thomas’ primary clinical role is to provide ongoing assessment of ‘high-risk’ children recruited at birth from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In this context, Dr. Petrie Thomas provides consultation to families regarding emerging and established patterns of their child’s cognition, learning and behavior, and provides families with targeted interventions and information re: effective resources.

Dr. Petrie Thomas has particular expertise with the very preterm population, for which she conducts research with a focus on early detection of markers of brain integrity and development. Dr. Petrie Thomas’ research findings shed light on the longitudinal development of executive functions (infancy to school age). In the community Dr. Petrie Thomas is an active member of the Western Association for Infant Mental where she served as President (2011-2013).

Dr. Nicole Sonya Vellet

Dr. Vellet is a Psychologist who is currently in private practice in Vancouver.   She has specialized in the areas of infant and early childhood mental health and caregiver-infant/child attachment. She provides assessment and intervention services to high-risk caregivers and their infants and young children with a wide range of emotional, regulatory, developmental, and behavioural challenges, including disrupted caregiver-child attachment relationships.

Dr. Vellet also provides ongoing training and supervision in the assessment of and intervention for disrupted caregiver-infant/child attachment relationships to mental health professionals locally and in other provinces.  Finally, Dr. Vellet is a court-appointed expert witness in matters pertaining to caregiver-infant/child attachment relationships in Alberta.

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July 2–8, 2014

  • July 2, 3 & 4 (Wed, Thu, Fri) | 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • July 5 (Sat) | 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • July 7 & 8 (Mon, Tue) | 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Registration & Fees

There are several pathways for participation in this program. The fees for the program will depend on your registration type.

Non-Credit Registration & Fees

Full payment is required with your online registration in order to reserve your space. We accept payment by credit card or debit card.

Refund Policy for Non-Credit Applications: If you would like to withdraw from a course, please submit written notice by May 28 to be eligible for a refund (less a $60 administration fee). No refund will be made for cancellations received later than this date, unless a course is cancelled by UBC Faculty of Education.

FAQs: Review the FAQs for Non-Credit Course Registration.

UBC Student Registration

To register in the course for credit, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus);
please see "Admission to UBC" below. Once admitted, students may register in either of the options listed below.

Current UBC students can register for Graduate or Undergraduate credit courses through the Student Service Centre, using their Campus Wide Login.

  • Graduate Course (3.0 credits)
    ECED 565I 96A | Special Course in Early Childhood Education
    Register through the Student Service Centre (SSC). Registration opens March 3
    Graduate student fees apply; see details below.
  • Undergraduate Course (3.0 credits)
    ECED 380A 96A | Selected Topics in Infant Development and Supported Child Development
    Register through the Student Service Centre (SSC). See Summer Session registration dates.
    Undergraduate student fees apply; see details below.

For current UBC tuition, visit UBC Tuition Fees for the Education per credit tuition fees.

UBC Students

For current tuition information please refer to the UBC Calendar.

Visiting Graduate Students

Visiting graduate students who wish to take credit courses must register for those courses and will be assessed tuition fees at the prevailing graduate per credit rate, plus authorized student fees.

Tuition fees are subject to review by The University of British Columbia. The Western Deans Agreement does not apply to this course.

Tuition Fee Certificates

Current UBC students may use Tuition Fee Certificates toward tuition or non-credit fees. The certificates do not cover the cost of course materials, texts, or other fees. Contact Professional Development & Community Engagement for more information: 604.822.2013 | pdce.educ@ubc.ca

Student Assessed Fees

Certain additional fees apply to students who take courses on campus.

In the case of the U-Pass and AMS Extended Health and Dental Plan, students who meet certain requirements may opt out of paying the fees during the first two weeks of the term.

To see whether you qualify for the U-Pass fee exemption, read the U-Pass FAQ information.

If you think you qualify for an exemption, using your CWL ID and password logon to the student service centre and click on the Financial Summary tab to navigate to the U-Pass fee exemption page.

Students registered in on-campus courses in the Summer Session are not assessed Health/Dental Plan fees.

You can also find out whether the AMS Extended Health and Dental Plan fee applies to you by visiting the Student Service Centre. If you already have medical/dental coverage (other than BC MSP), you may be able to apply for an exemption if you meet certain requirements and follow the necessary procedures.

Admission to UBC

To register in the course for credit, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus).

Admission to UBC

Undergraduate Students

All non-UBC students wishing to register in the courses must be first be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education. Information on admission/readmission is available on the Teacher Education Office website.

Visiting Graduate Students

To be eligible for admission as a visiting student to UBC, students must be currently registered in a graduate program with good standing at the home university.

For assistance with the online admission procedures, contact the Graduate Program Assistant: ccfi.educ@ubc.ca.

Admission Categories

  • Unclassified Students
    If you wish to enroll in studies not intended to lead to a particular degree or diploma (such as a single course, a summer institute, or a 15-credit certificate program), you can apply as an Unclassified Student. Students with degrees who wish to register in education courses are admitted to the Faculty of Education as Unclassified, 5th year students, and typically already have a recognized degree.
  • Diploma Students
    If you wish to complete a 30-credit UBC-conferred post-degree diploma, apply for admission in this category, and be sure to indicate the specific Diploma program you are applying to.
  • UBC-Okanagan Students (Cross-Campus Registration)
    • All UBC-O students must contact pro-d.educ@ubc.ca or 604.822.3999 for assistance in registering for UBC-Vancouver Faculty of Education courses.
    • Cross campus registration is intended for UBC Okanagan undergraduate students interested in taking some courses at the Vancouver campus. To be considered for registration at the Vancouver campus, Okanagan undergraduate students must meet certain criteria. Further information is provided on the Okanagan Campus Students website.
    • UBC Vancouver Faculty of Education students who are interested in taking courses at the Okanagan campus should contact the program advisor for approval: Bette Shippam, Teacher Education Office.


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