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  • 01/03/2019 1:45 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    The World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) recently published a new issue of Perspectives in Infant Mental Health, a quarterly professional publicationThe issue includes an article about safe refuge for immigrant families, a book review related to infant mental health informed intervention, and a two-part article on the development of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, including a look at the factors that contribute to a strong Infant Mental Health Association. Check out the latest articles.

  • 12/22/2018 2:40 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)
    RIAIMH is now accepting membership and Endorsement renewals for 2019 - and the deadlines are approaching!


    The deadline to renew your RIAIMH membership for 2019 is December 31, 2018. Members should have received an email with instructions for how to renew. You can also log in to your member profile to complete the renewal process.


    The deadline to renew your RI-IMH-Endorsement is January 31, 2019. Endorsed professionals received information via email about how to renew. You can also refer to the steps outlined on our Endorsement Renewal page. 


  • 12/13/2018 1:12 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    Reflections From the Field: Celebrating 40 Years is a celebration of infant mental health (IMH) and the 40th anniversary of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH). A compilation of 51 articles were selected from the organization’s newsletter, the Infant Crier, representing the extraordinary contributions that Michigan professionals across disciplines and in a variety of settings have made to the growth of the IMH field. This book captures the art and heart of IMH principles and practice. The language is clear and elegant, appropriate for someone who wants to learn a little bit more, as well as for a university, non-degree or staff training program for IMH practitioners. Authors include Tableman, Trout, Ribaudo, Shea, Baltman, Weatherston, among many others.

    Shop now or read Dr. Deborah Weatherston's review from WAIMH Perspectives in Infant Mental Health.

    Note: Since RIAIMH is a member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, RIAIMH members can get special discounts, coupons and offers for Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) published products. Select "MI-AIMH Member" when you add the product to your shopping cart.

  • 11/21/2018 1:11 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    The latest issue of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH)'s Perspectives in Infant Mental Health features part 1 of a 2-part series about the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health. Read part 1, "A Grass Roots Journey for IMH," here. Part 2, "What Makes an Infant Mental Health Association Strong?", will be published online in a future issue of Perspectives. 

  • 11/21/2018 1:05 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    The Fall 2018 edition of The Active Learner, HighScope's Journal for Early Educators, includes an article by Ashley McCormick and Faith Eidson of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health on infant and early childhood mental health, the Competency Guidelines®, and Endorsement® for those in the early care and education fields. Check it out!

  • 11/05/2018 1:23 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    A new study finds that participation in Early Head Start improves key factors shown to prevent child maltreatment. The report—co-authored by researchers from Child Trends, Portland University’s Center for the Improvement of Child and Family Studies, and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Brazelton Touchpoints Center—shows that Early Head Start programs reduce family conflict and parenting stress; support emotionally warm, responsive parenting practices; and promote child cognitive development. By strengthening these four factors, Early Head Start programs reduce the likelihood that a child will become involved in the child welfare system from birth to age 16. Learn more.

  • 10/29/2018 9:42 AM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    RIAIMH encourages Rhode Island professionals to participate in a new study, titled "Workplace Supports in the Infant Mental Health Field: An Examination of Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Protective Practices." This study will help identify the workplace supports that infant/family practitioners identify as being helpful in preventing burnout and increasing work satisfaction.

    You can help with this study by completing a brief (15-20 minute) survey.

    If you work for an agency (sorry, no private practice) and you either provide direct services to infants, toddlers, and their families, or are directly supervising practitioners and programs serving infants, toddlers, and families in the home and community, then you are eligible to participate in this survey.

    Learn more and access the survey

  • 07/10/2018 1:01 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    The family separation policy has separated at least 2,300 undocumented immigrant children from their parents and placed them in governmental care in shelters and foster homes across the United States. Early childhood clinicians and researchers at the University of Michigan and the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health have developed two resources to help those caring for recently separated immigrant children. 

    The first is a letter that presents the idea of SAFE Communication to assist alternative caregivers to help the children begin to make sense of what has happened to them and offers strategies to increase the children’s sense of safety and protection. The second is a children’s story – Cecilia and the Long Walk - to help children understand their recent experience, providing language to help organize internal confusion and terror. The story is presented as a coloring book, with version available in both English and Spanish. An audio recording of Cecilia and the Long Walk (Cecilia y la Larga Caminata) is also available on YouTube so that children can listen to the story being read in their native language.

    See this announcement for more information and to access the resources. 


  • 06/19/2018 5:42 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health and Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health leadership firmly oppose separating very young immigrant children from their parents or guardians. Read the full position statement from the Alliance on separating families here, and a statement by Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., here

  • 06/19/2018 5:41 PM | Sophie O'Connell (Administrator)

    Check out this article in The Hill written by Katherine Rosenblum and Tova Walsh about what we can learn from our nation's military families about the separations of parents and children.

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