The New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health is a professional organization for multidisciplinary specialists including mental health professionals, teachers, early educators, child care staff, home visitors, allied health professionals, doulas, nurses, social workers, administrators, legislators, and other professionals who support the relational and emotional well-being of young families. We promote the formation and development of multidisciplinary professionals in this field, create supportive partnerships with families, and collaborate with state-wide stakeholders to advance policies towards the betterment of infants, toddlers, young children and their families in New Jersey.
NJ-AIMH is a 501c3 professional membership organization, made up of a volunteer Board of Trustees, and supported by part-time paid staff.
NJ-AIMH is one of 29 infant mental health state associations and two international associations who have licensed the use of the Competency Guidelines® and/or the Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®. Each association is a member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health® which works to promote early relationships for infants, toddlers and young children, prenatal to six. https://www.allianceaimh.org/.
We are also an affiliate of the World Association for Infant Mental Health. WAIMH is an interdisciplinary, international infant mental health organization which supports research, education, and intervention aimed at promoting optimal mental health for infants and their caregivers, sponsors regional and world conferences, and promotes international cooperation and networking amongst individuals from diverse disciplines. For more information please visit http://www.waimh.org.
History of the Association
Founded in 1990, NJ-AIMH was created to increase awareness of the importance of infancy in psycho-social development, promote competence in the areas of cultural and ethnic diversity in family child-rearing practices, and facilitate statewide cooperation among inter-disciplinary professionals and organizations concerned with promoting conditions that bring about the optimal development of infants and caregiver-infant relationships.
Historically, NJ-AIMH has led the field in New Jersey by providing educational opportunities in infant, toddler and family development through forums and conferences, creation and dissemination of publications on infant mental health, and through advocacy for public policies to foster awareness of the importance of infant mental health.