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The Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health works to nurture strong relationships among young children and all the adults who care for them. 

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Become a RIAIMH member today and join a statewide network of like-minded professionals committed to enhancing young children’s social-emotional health and well-being.

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Apply for an internationally recognized professional Endorsement® that acknowledges your commitment to and expertise in infant and early childhood mental health. 

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RECENT NEWS

State of RI Press Release, October 7, 2021: 

Governor McKee Submits Plan for Rhode Island Rebounds: Immediate Investments in Rhode Island’s Families, Workers and Small Businesses


News from RIght from the Start:

Urge congress to Think Babies and Act!  


Faces are Essential

A brief on why  faces are essentail for babies and  FAIMH's initiative to distribute clear face masksto child care proviodes in Florida


A call to action from the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health to address ongoing bias, structural racism and racial violence.


message from RIAIMH's Executive Director, Susan Dickstein, PhD, IMH-E®  and related resourceabout COVID-19

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Brazelton Touchpoint Center

Innovating Partnerships with Families in Recovery: National Substance Use Disorder Summit 2022

Virtual Conference

January 26, 2022

11am -5:30pm ET

University of Massachusetts - Boston

Infant-Parent Mental Health Postgraduate Certificate  Program

Currently accepting applications for the program  starting March 2022 and ending in November 2023.  This program fulfills the Alliance for Infant Mental Health Training and Reflective Supervision/Consultation requirements for the credential: Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health® as an I/ECMH Specialist (Category III) and the I/ECMH Mentor  (Category IV).  In addition, fellows earn a Postgraduate Certificate in Infant-Parent Mental Health from the University of Massachusetts.

For more info and to download an application visit www.umb.edu/ipmh or contact iphm@umb.edu


Brazelton Touchpoints Center:

Touchpoints in the Context of Developmental Challenges

Live, interactive webinar series, 6 modules 

The training will deepen practices with young children and families, and deeply explore the work with families whose children might have special developmental or relational challenges. It also confers 20 CEUs (and can support IECMH Endorsement application portfolios).Each module will be facilitated in a live, interactive webinar format. The course is followed by six monthly one-hour virtual reflective practice sessions. Attendance is required at live sessions. Sessions are not recorded.  Cost: $750.00


Historical Trauma in America series

presented by PACEs Connection's Race & Equity Workgroup 

6 bi monthly sessions July 2021-May 2022

This virtual series examines historical trauma in the United States of America and its impact on American society and  the overall well-being of Americans.  Discussions will make connections between America's history and the current mental health crisis, social determinants of health and the disparities and inequities present in our communities today.

Learn more and register HERE

Foundations for Infant/Toddler Social Emotional Health and Development

Online Modules

FREE PROVIDER COURSE and PARENT AND FAMILIES COURSE offered by  the clinicians at Bradley Hospital in partnership with RIAIMH

Versión en español disponible


RESOURCES

Safe Sleep Information and Resources

from US DOHHS Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance  System

*Information for State, Territory and Tribal Lead Agencies

*Information for Child Care Providers

*Information for Families

and more...


Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug

Blue Manatee Press

*Also available in Spanish as Duerme Bebé, Cómodo y Seguro.

Created for Charlie’s Kids Foundation, whose mission is educating families about SIDS prevention. A classic bedtime ritual experienced through a baby’s eyes, conveying safe sleep practices in a gentle, rhythmic way.


New release from the Alliance for Infant Mental Health:

Preparing Competency-Based Learning for I/ECMH Endorsement Training Guide and Self Assessment

This guide explores ways to incorporate all aspects of IECMH practice, (knowing, being and doing), in education and training. It serves as a companion to the Competency Guidelines and aims to offer a framework for self-assessment to support the development and delivery of culturally-sensitive, relationship-focused training in IECMH.


Text Messaging Service for

The Greatest 8 

Designed to help parents teach their children, ages 0 to 8, skills for a lifetime of mental wellness. 

Text greatest8 to 401-297-3020 

or sign up online at  https://bit.ly/Greatest8


Racial Justice and Equity Resources for the I/ECMH community


5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return

Center on the Developing Child,

Harvard University

(Versión en español también disponible)


State of Babies Yearbook 2020

Zero to Three

Compares national and state-by state data on the well-being of infants and toddlers.


Report: Building Relationships: Framing Early Relational Health

Center for the Study of Social Policy in collaboration with Frameworks Institute

A comprehensive framing strategy to help shift public attention to and understanding about Early Relational Health.


Members

Check out our Members page to access exclusive resources for members, including training presentations,  a member directory, and a registry of Endorsed® professionals. 

RIAIMH is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

RIAIMH is a founding member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.

 

RIAIMH is an affiliate of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.

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