What is infant mental health?

Infant and early childhood mental health is shown in a child's sense of trust and security in the world, curiosity to explore the environment, a lively and dynamic emotional life and a feeling of safety to engage in relationships that support the child's growth. The capacity to regulate emotions, form secure primary relationships and explore the environment with curiosity are the basis of sound mental health in children from birth to age five.

Why is infant mental health important?

It is essential to ensure that first relationships are trusting and caring, since early relationships provide an important foundation for later development in all areas. Support to strengthen early relationships can make a huge difference in the child's developing sense of self, emotional life, school-readiness, and lifelong ability to form healthy relationships. Infant and early childhood mental health reflects both the social and emotional capacities and the primary relationships in children from birth through age five.

2016 HAIMH Spring Training

Dr Stoddens Training_Using Play to Promote Relationships See PPT   Hawaii Association for Infant Mental Health First Relationships – 2016 Second Quarter Training                                                                  “Using Play to Promote Relationships, Language, and Development in the First Year”                               […]


Winter Quarterly Training

  HAWAII ASSOCIATION FOR INFANT MENTAL HEALTH  First Relationships – 2016 First Quarter Training             Overview of Reflective Supervision—A Primer—Part II                                             Presented by: Sheryl Goldberg, LMSW, ACSW, IMH-E® (IV) March 10, 2016: TIME 8:30 am – 12 pm       Child & Family Service @ 91-1841 Fort Weaver Road, Ewa Beach, HI 96706                    Ewa Community Center (Kamaaina Kids building) Register on line: Click on Training & Events on Menu NASW CEUs available ************************************************************************** 2015 VOLUNTEERS WANTED!! HAIMH Website Manager […]


2015 Reflective Supervision Update–HAIMH

2015 Reflective Supervision provided by Sheryl Goldberg on Sept 29, 2015 MAHALO!!  to Sheryl Goldberg for stepping in to provide Reflective Supervision for our 1st cohort of 9 clinicians.  Sheryl is taking   Doug Davies’s role as our Infant Mental Health Consultant.  Doug Davies passed unexpectedly this year.  He will be missed.  Condolences to his family.  We’re grateful to the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health for all their support.           ********************************************************************************************************************* The 19th National Conference […]