Mission

A nonprofit professional organization that’s all about good infant mental health.

MI-AIMH’s mission is to promote and support nurturing relationships for all infants, toddlers, 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 good infant mental health and optimal development by preparing professionals in the field to nurture protective, secure relationships between babies and parents.  We equip birth-to-three professionals to help parents and babies navigate their new and sometimes challenging relationships, nurturing the secure attachments and optimal development that are the foundation for a lifetime of good 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 1,100 members across multiple infant, child, and family disciplines (including health, mental health, early education and child welfare). We serve the infant and family community from our main office just outside Detroit.

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