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Alliance Advantage: Helping States Advance Mental Health

As a part of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, you’re doing a lot to promote infant mental health across your state. We want to help.

If your state IMH Association is a member of the Alliance, your organization & it’s members can get special discounts, coupons and offers for MI-AIMH-published products & attendance at the MI-AIMH Conference. (More Here)

Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health® Formed to Provide Support for IMH Associations!

On June 9th, MI-AIMH and partner IMH association representatives voted to formalize the informal group known as “the league of states” into now a non-profit organization called the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, Inc. ® (Alliance®).  This alliance is comprised of all state IMH association members licensed to use Competency Guidelines® and Endorsement®, and has an Alliance® Board of Directors, and two staff persons (an executive director and associate/endorsement director) supporting the work of the Alliance®.

With the dramatic growth of the number of IMH associations licensed to use Competency Guidelines® and Endorsement®, the Alliance® can better respond to interest from these new state associations, provide assistance in using this new workforce development system, manage the Infant Mental Health Journal, and promote the interests of infants, toddlers, young children, and their family.

Here are the new Alliance Officers, Board of Directors and staff members:

Alliance Officers

President: Margaret Holmberg, PhD (Connecticut AIMH)
Vice President: Susan Dickstein, PhD (Rhode Island AIMH)
Secretary: Mary Warren, PhD (Arizona ITMHCA)
Treasurer: Cathy Liesman, PhD (Michigan AIMH)

Board of Directors

Carrie Banks Patterson, LMSW (Michigan AIMH)
Joy Browne, PhD (New Mexico AIMH)
Sadie Funk (First3Years Texas AIMH))
Sheryl Goldberg, LMSW (Michigan AIMH)
Fran Jozefowicz, MSN (Michigan AIMH)
Kate Rosenblum, PhD (Michigan AIMH)
Barry Wright, PhD (Michigan AIMH)

Staff Members

Executive Director: Deborah Weatherson, PhD (from IMH-E®)
Associate Director and Endorsement Director: Nichole Paradis, LMSW (from IMH-E®)

For more information about the new Alliance, click here.

Excellent reviews for our May 2016 conference, Expanding Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Principles and Practices: Formalizing Relationship-based Work through Partnerships that Support Competencies and Endorsement!

With much success, RIAIMH’s May conference brought together nearly 120 professionals to discuss ways to support collaborative practice, training, and professional growth for RI’s infant/early childhood & family workforce, focusing on infant/early childhood mental health. Thank you for all who participated!

The conference started off with Aimee Mitchell (Senior Vice President of Programs and Operations, and Director of Head Start at Children’s Friend) offering her reflections on one of the most basic and powerful elements known to support infant/early childhood mental health—the gaze, that intimate moment of engagement between a parent or caregiver and young child that conveys the specialness of the relationship and the promise of safety and nurturance.

Debbie Weatherston, the Executive Director of the newly formed Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health®, followed by emphasizing the importance of nurturing the young child’s caregivers by offering relationship based and reflective supports in the form of professional development and reflective supervision. Dr. Weatherston expanded on the benefits of the infant mental health endorsement system and highlighted ways that state systems might leverage endorsement to sustain and support a high quality workforce.

Finally, Kaitlin Mulcahy (Associate Director, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclaire State and President of the New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health) described how NJ has leveraged endorsement, including links with the CSEFEL pyramid model principles.

Conference participants agreed that the workshop was useful and relevant for their professional roles. Many especially found value in learning about the details of the endorsement system and how other states have worked to leverage endorsement. Most participants were excited to learn more about how the endorsement in Rhode Island might be useful for developing professional development and reflective practice opportunities for the workforce. A majority of participants reported that they gained knowledge about the importance of relationship-focused practices to support infants/toddlers and their families and a better understanding of the importance of systems collaboration and coordination in understanding infant/early childhood mental health competency domains. In fact, one participant commented that this endorsement system will give professionals working with babies a “new perspective on how important they are.”

Through survey reviews, over 90% of participants confirmed better understanding of the infant mental health competencies and endorsement system.

The conference ended with much conversation among many different professionals about the potential to collaborate to promote infant/early childhood mental health across programs in RI. The next exciting step will be looking at the results of our survey on how different professionals in infant/early childhood mental health fields described their experiences and training related to this competency-based endorsement system..  This will offer great information to continue the conversation!

In the meantime, we are happy to share information and resources from the conference. See the downloadable links below.

ZERO to THREE: The 2016 Conventions are here and it’s time to Rally4Babies! Take Action

The 2016 Conventions are here and it’s time to Rally4Babies! Young families have pressing questions for the presidential candidates – let’s find out if they have the answers. The Republican National Convention starts today, and the Democratic National Convention follows next week (July 25-28). Use ZERO TO THREE’s www.rally4babies.org website to tweet questions at Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and make your voices heard!

Click on the link for more information:Be a Big Voice for Little Kids

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Join us! – Expanding Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Principles and Practices: Formalizing Relationship-based Work through Partnerships that Support Competencies and Endorsement

Download flyer for more information: RIAIMH flyer april 2016

DATE: May 11, 2016, 8:30 AM – Noon

LOCATION: Rhode Island College, Student Union Ballroom

There is no cost to participate. A light breakfast will be provided.

SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

CLICK TO REGISTER ONLINE

WORKSHOP FACILITATOR: Debbie Weatherston, PhD

Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health

RI’s infant/early childhood mental health competency-based endorsement recognizes the development of infant and family professionals within an organized system of culturally sensitive, relationship-based infant/early childhood learning and work experiences. RI Endorsement promotes strategic understanding of the work required to intentionally develop and maintain relationships to promote infant/early childhood mental health – creating a more engaged, competent and committed infant/early childhood & family workforce.

We encourage stakeholders to join the discussion about ways to support collaborative practice, training, and professional growth for RI’s infant/early childhood & family workforce.

Expanding Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Principles and Practices Conference Resources

This years conference was a great success! Thank you for all who participated. We are happy to share information and resources from the conference. See the downloadable links below.