Mission & History

A nonprofit professional organization that’s all about optimal infant and early childhood mental health.

MI-AIMH’s mission is to promote and support nurturing relationships for all infants, toddlers, young children, and their families.


Founded in 1977, MI-AIMH was born from Selma Fraiberg’s pioneering infant mental health work recognizing the critical importance of the infant-parent relationship to all learning and development. Fraiberg coined the term “infant mental health” to reflect the social, emotional, and cognitive well-being of children from birth-to-three in the context of secure and nurturing relationships with their parents. Over time, MI-AIMH has translated her model of “therapy around the kitchen table” into a comprehensive, practical framework for infant and family professionals.

MI-AIMH’s main focus is to promote optimal infant and early childhood mental health and development by preparing professionals in the field to nurture protective, secure relationships between babies, young children, and their parents.  We equip birth-to-six professionals to help parents, babies, and young children navigate their new and sometimes challenging relationships, nurturing the secure attachments and optimal development that are the foundation for a lifetime of optimal mental and behavioral health. We do this by providing specialized training, relevant materials, user-friendly tools, and specialized consultation leading to the IMH-E® credential.

MI-AIMH is the professional home for over 1,500 members across multiple infant, child, and family disciplines (including health, mental health, early care and education and child welfare). We serve the infant, young child, and family community from our main office just outside Detroit.

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