IMH Clinicians

Being infant mental health informed means using knowledge, skills and reflective experiences to guide our work with infants, toddlers, and families.

As an infant mental health clinician, this means understanding:

  • Relationships are critical and that the best way to support babies is to support their parents/families to build and strengthen nurturing relationships with them
  • Theories that guide core beliefs in IMH, including: attachment theory, family systems theory, and trauma-informed care
  • Babies exist in the context of their caregiving relationships and within the cultural context of their family
  • Experiences during pregnancy and in the first three years lay the foundation for all future development
  • There can be both ghosts and angels in the nursery that will impact the emerging attachment relationships

 


Suggested resources for IMH-informed infant mental health clinicians:

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Case Studies in Infant Mental Health

Risk, Resiliency, and Relationships

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Infant Mental Health Home Visiting

Supporting Competencies and Reducing Risks (3rd Ed. 2015)

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Infant Mental Health Starter Kit

Get all of these, plus!


Interested in Endorsement®?

If you serve infants, toddlers (0-36 months) and their families and receive Reflective Supervision/Consultation about your work, you can apply for Endorsement® as an Infant Family Specialist or Infant Mental Health Specialist.

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MI-AIMH offers a professional home for infant mental health clinicians.

Become a MI-AIMH member and plug-in to a network of over 1,000 professionals who also care about the well-being of babies and families.

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