Metro-Detroit Association for Infant Mental Health

Supporting Nurturing Relationships

The Metro-Detroit Association for Infant Mental Health (MD-AIMH) was organized in 1983 to extend the work of MI-AIMH. The MD-AIMH provides opportunities for regional fellowship and support though programs, trainings and activities for those working with or on behalf of infants and young children and their families and caregivers, as well as those who seek to learn and grow in understanding of the social-emotional needs of our very youngest children. We are committed to developing and supporting a diverse membership in order to assist our community to provide a continuum of services to families with infants and very young children. We believe that these services should be high quality, universal, accessible, free and culturally relevant. To that end, we are dedicated to providing our membership with support and resources to assist them in offering quality services and leadership in the community. We encourage members to apply for scholarships through our chapter  to the various Infant Mental Health training opportunities offered during the year. Our programming is designed to support a diverse and multidisciplinary field, including professionals, students, volunteers – in fact, all who support the mission of MI-AIMH.

MD-AIMH seeks to promote and support nurturing relationships for all infants in the Metropolitan Detroit area. This area generally includes Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, though we welcome all who wish to join, participate, and receive chapter membership benefits, including discounts at local trainings and a subscription to our e-blast newsletter, The Infant Voice.  Our chapter hosts three to four general event meetings each year including an annual Movie Night, offering a chance to view and discuss a carefully selected – infant mental health relevant – film.

In addition to the regularly scheduled community-based events, we work with the Merrill-Palmer Skillman Institute to conduct trainings that range from two-day intensives to a series of six day-long events, each offering CEU credits. Our annual Bowl-a-thon, Bowling for Babies, raises the funds that make it possible to bring in expert speaker-trainers for these events, while keeping costs extremely low, particularly for MD-AIMH members. The final event each program year is our Annual June Banquet, an evening for members and guests to share fine food and to celebrate the work of this year’s recipient of the Esther Dean Callard Award, given to one who has demonstrated outstanding service to and/or on behalf of infants and families in the Metro-Detroit area.

Please feel free to contact any one of our Board members to learn more about how you can participate. Our success in meeting your professional needs depends on your participation and assessment of our efforts!

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Chapter Officers:

NameChapter Position
Katie Wisniewski
Wayne County
kwisniewski@develctrs.org
President
Rebecca Wheeler
Wayne County
Vice President
Kelly Bockstanz
Macomb County
Secretary
Jan Carpenter
Macomb County
Treasurer
Nastassja Cuellar-Wilson
Wayne County
Communications
Sue Binder-Demott
Wayne County
Outreach & Membership
Carla Barron
Wayne County
Training/Education/Programs
Karen Anthony
Oakland County
Fundraising
Michelle Smart
Wayne County
Social Action
Marien Orihel
Oakland County
mcorihel@ameritech.net
State Representative