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:
Risk, Resiliency, and Relationships
Supporting Competencies and Reducing Risks (3rd Ed. 2015)
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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.
MI-AIMH offers a professional home for infant mental health clinicians.
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