Welcome to AAIMH

AAIMH is a national organisation of professionals from many fields who work with infants, young children and their families. Our mission is to work towards  improving professional and community recognition that infancy and early childhood is a critical time for the development of emotional, physical and mental health.

AAIMH is affiliated with the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) and contributes to international developments and initiatives.

AAIMH organises regular national conferences as well as workshops and seminars to enhance knowledge about social and emotional development in 0 to 3-year-olds and develop skills to assist families and communities to build nurturing and strong relationships with their infants and young children.

AAIMH works with other agencies on advocacy and educational initiatives, responds to Government inquiries and reports relating to infancy and provides information to members through its website and newsletter.

AAIMH also develops position statements and guidelines to support Infant Mental Health professionals and parents.

Training: Working Model of the Child Interview and the Crowell Procedure

Upcoming Training Events by Dr Nicole Milburn (Clinical Psychologist).

Working Model of the Child Interview (WMCI) Training (Feb 2023)
The WMCI is a 30-75- minute semi-structured interview designed to assess how a caregiver perceives, feels, and thinks about their child and their relationship. 

The Crowell Procedure (Mar 2023)
The Crowell Procedure is a parent-child assessment that was developed by Judith Crowell to assess how parental models of attachment are reflected in interactions between parents and young children.

Masterclass: Integrating information from the WMCI and the Crowell Procedure (Mar 2023) 
This masterclass will encompass a deep dive into one case to build skills in integrating findings from the Working Model of the Child Interview and the Crowell Procedure in assessing infant-parent relationships. 

Continuity of Relationships Position Statement

A new position statement has been launched at AAIMH National Conference 2022 and is now available in AAIMH resources. The Continuity of Relationships paper describes AAIMH’s position on the vital importance of continuity of relationships for infants involved with statutory child protection services in Australia. 

Infant Mental Health Competency Guidelines

Build your IMH capacity using AAIMH's evidence-based professional development roadmap for practitioners and educators. The AAIMH Competency Guidelines for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® (the Competency Guidelines) identify the knowledge, skills, and reflective practice approaches that lead to quality services and effective support for infants (0-36 months) and their families, across disciplines and in multiple service settings.

Support Us

Your donation will provide scholarships and other financial support to enable eligible students, practitioners and educators to access training and professional development in Infant Mental Health so they can better support families and advocate for Infant Mental Health.

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We would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of Australia and pay our respects to the Elders past, present and future for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Indigenous Australia.