MI-AIMH believes that babies, toddlers and young children should come first. We support all 0 – 6 professionals who work to ensure that all young children thrive in loving, nurturing, and secure relationships which matter for health, happiness, learning, and life. We speak up for babies at the family, community, and policy level.
We educate and support the nation’s largest network of infant mental health professionals. We offer competency-based professional development through our biennial conference, training series, and individual workshops. MI-AIMH provides learning opportunities for early intervention, health care and early education professionals who use IMH principles in working and caring for infants and their families. We train hundreds IMH specialists who provide intensive IMH services to pregnant women, infants, toddlers, young children and families.
We offer the nationally- and internationally-recognized Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive Relationship Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® (IMH-E®), that rigorously validates a provider’s education, qualifications, practical and reflective experiences promoting infant mental health interventions.
28 state IMH associations and 1 international IMH association have licensed the use MI-AIMH’s Competency Guidelines as a blueprint for IMH training leading to Endorsement®. We publish the IMH Home Visiting Manual, the peer-reviewed Infant Mental Health Journal and innovative infant mental health tools and resources, such as the Baby Stages wheels (a developmental tool for parents) and the Baby Bench Card (a tool to help family law attorneys and judges make better decisions regarding babies in the child welfare system).
MI-AIMH strengthens and supports a diverse infant mental health-informed workforce, engaging professionals who represent many different cultures, ethnicities, disciplines and service communities. These professionals support pregnant women, infants, toddlers, young children and families in a variety of ways, integrating IMH principles in their work with families.