Being infant mental health informed means using knowledge, skills and reflective experiences to guide our work with infants, toddlers, and families.
As a preventative home visitor, this means understanding:
- Infant/very young child development & behavior to guide a family’s expectations and to help them support what is coming next for their baby
- Attachment, separation, trauma, grief & loss to encourage what is going well and respond with empathy to what might not be going well
- A relationship-based approach to offer meaningful support
- The culture and community in which the family is raising the infant/toddler
Suggested resources for IMH-informed preventative home visitors:
Birth to 3 years
A Dad’s Guide to Fun with Your Baby
Training Companion for Baby Stages
Interested in Endorsement®?
If you serve infants, toddlers (0-36 months) and their families, you can apply for Endorsement® as an Infant Family Associate. If you receive Reflective Supervision/Consultation about your work, you could apply for Endorsement® as an Infant Family Specialist.
MI-AIMH offers a professional home for IMH-informed preventative home visitors.
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.