What Is The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health®?
The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health® (The Alliance) is a global organization that includes those states, and countries whose infant mental health (IMH) associations have licensed the use of the Competency Guidelines® and/or Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® under their associations’ names. In the past this Alliance has been termed the League of States. Beginning with three state associations in 2007, the number licensed to use the Competency Guidelines® and Endorsement® has grown dramatically. Currently, infant mental health associations in 23 states and 1 international association comprise the Alliance. In addition, the Alliance will manage the Infant Mental Health Journal, with approximately 3,000 subscribers worldwide, and Early Attachments: IMH Home Visiting®, a relationship-based model with a unique infant-parent psychotherapy (IPP) component when working with very high-risk infants and their families. Access to individual state association information can be found on the Members of the Alliance page.
Why An Alliance?
With the prediction of continued growth, the Alliance is a non-profit with the goal of expanding staff dedicated to:
- Responding to interest from new state associations
- Providing technical assistance to those who have newly licensed this workforce development system
- Assuring fidelity to the use of the Endorsement® process
- Increasing access to the Infant Mental Health Journal as well as to identify funding for the evaluation and expansion of the IMH Home Visiting model
- Promoting the interests of infants, toddlers, young children, and their families
In addition, the Alliance provides multiple ways for state associations to make use of shared resources in areas of research, training, sustainability, and the promotion of infant mental health principles and practices.
With the growth in programs serving infants, very young children, and their families, the need for professionals competent in the application of infant mental health principles is expanding and critical. Programs in need of infant mental health-informed professionals include all home visiting programs, Early Head Start and Head Start, Part C programs, child welfare, Safe Babies Court Teams & other baby courts, health and behavioral health, early childhood mental health consultation, and infant mental health treatment services. Within each state these programs are growing and engaging more and more infants and families who face multiple challenges. The specialized in-service training and reflective supervision/consultation requirements defined in the Competency Guidelines® and Endorsement® can help assure that these professionals receive the depth and breadth of knowledge and skills, along with reflective practice experiences to integrate them into their work. For more about the impact of the Endorsement®, check out the Impact page.