Being infant mental health informed means using knowledge, skills and reflective experiences to guide our work infants, toddlers, and families.
As a child welfare professional, this means understanding:
- Attachment, separation, trauma, grief & loss and how to utilize your understanding to guide decisions about placement, visitation, reunification, and permanency
- Infant/very young child development & behavior to support birth, foster, and adoptive parents in figuring out what baby might need
- Disorders of infancy/early childhood and how those may emerge in a baby who has experienced abuse, neglect, and/or separations and making referrals for appropriate assessment and intervention
Suggested resources for IMH-informed child welfare professionals:
Get all four in the Child Welfare Toolkit!
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 child welfare professionals.
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.