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Infant Mental Health concerns the relationships that infants and young children have with their caregivers, usually their parents.  Infant mental health also refers to the capacity to regulate emotions and to explore one’s environment.  Promoting these relationships in a culturally sensitive context is the work of professionals from many disciplines including health, human services and education.  When these earliest relationships are positive, responsive and predictable the stage is set for successful learning in later development.

CT-AIMH News & Events


IMH Community Partnerships: Building Collaborations for Babies Meeting

Date: Monday June 26, 2017 2 - 4 PM
Location: ACES Early Head Start
300 Washington St., Middletown, CT
RSVP to Anne Giordano
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Infant and Toddler Mental Health 6-part Training Series (Afternoon)

Dates: July 11, 18, 25; Aug 1, 8; Sept 19
11 AM - 4 PM
Location: Silva's Youth of Today - Childcare Learning Center, East Hartford, CT
Cost: FREE
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Infant and Toddler Mental Health 8-part Training Series (Evening)

Dates: July 11, 18, 25; Aug 1, 8, 29;
Sept 5, 19 5:30 - 8 pm
Location: Silva's Youth of Today - Childcare Learning Center, East Hartford, CT
Cost: FREE
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May is Mental Health Awarenss Month - Caring for Every Child's Mental Health "Partnering for Health and Hope"

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, on Thursday, May 4th seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and to show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.

The social andemotional health of young children is a critical aspect of development, and is associated with school readiness and achievement, social relationships with peers and others, and even long-term health outcomes later in life.

Difficulties in social andemotional development may result from the earliest attachment relationships, family or community violence, children’s mental health issues or mental health and substance abuse issues of primary caregivers, disabilities, and traumatic experiences and the resultant of toxic stress, among other factors.

From birth, it is important to respond to your baby's cues, by helping them when they are in distress, finding delight in your baby, reading and singing with your baby and getting help from others when you are tired or overwhelmed. Developing a positive, nurturing, predictable relationship with your baby from day one, is the best gift you can give your baby!

If you need help, or have questions or concerns aboutyour baby and their needs or their development, please call Child Development Infoline at 211 or1-800-505-7000.


CT-AIMH Annual Meeting and Seminar

Presenters: Dr. Linda Mayes & Dr. Helena Rutherford
Topic: How Addiction Impacts the Parenting Relationship
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Because CT-AIMH is a Member of the Alliance for the Advancement of IMH, One of the Benefits of Being a Member of CT-AIMH is that Alliance Member Discounts are Extended to CT-AIMH Members!

CT-AIMH Members are Eligible for Discounts for the Michigan Conference and/or to Purchase Items from the Store
Learn More about Available Discounts


CT-AIMH Winter 2017 Newsletter Now Available

In this Issue:
Spring Conference Information
Upcoming Trainings
2016 Jane C. Bourns Award Winner
Endorsement Efforts
2017 Membership Information
And much more!
Winter 2017 Newsletter


The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has awarded a 3 year grant of $141,796 to the Connecticut Association of Infant Mental Health, Inc.

The grant, provided through Early Childhood Investments at the Hartford Foundation, is for training, endorsement, and reflective supervision opportunities for childcare providers, home daycare providers, and home visitors that serve children ages 0-5, and their families, in East Hartford.
Read the full press release for more details


New - Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, Inc. formed in June 2016

Alliance Announcement & More Information
See our New Alliance Tab above for more information about this exciting advancement of the IMH field!



 

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NEW - Three (3) Reasons Good Infant Mental Health Matters! Interactive Infographic

The Alliance for the Advancement of IMH has created an interactive infographic regarding the importance of IMH. The infographic provides live links to key videos and there is a printable PDF Version as well!

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Who We Are:

The Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health (CT-AIMH) is a professional organization that offers expertise in infant and early childhood mental health. We promote and hold a set of Competency Guidelines®, that when they are met, lead to an Endorsement in Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®.

Mission

To provide statewide opportunities to enhance knowledge and promote a positive influence on the social emotional health and development of infants, young children and their families/caregivers.

Mission Related Priorities:

(1) Increase the competency and capacity of the workforce serving infants and young children and their families.
(2) Engage increasingly and visibly in public policy advocacy.
(3) Raise public awareness of the importance of promoting the mental health and wellness of the most vulnerable young children in Connecticut.


Why Join CT-AIMH?

Infants and young children and their caregivers deserve support and services that encourage nurturing relationships. By joining CT-AIMH together we can move forward in creating an infant/early childhood mental health system in Connecticut.


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