Established in 1981, The Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health (ILAIMH) is a membership organization of diverse professionals working with infants, toddlers and their families. Members come from a variety of disciplines including education, social work, psychology, medicine, academia, public policy, child development, physical and occupational therapy, and other allied disciplines. We are all drawn together by a common interest in the social-emotional development of infants and their families.
With over 270 members, the diverse and multidisciplinary scope of our members reflects the nature of infant mental health practice. Though developed as a clinical specialty, infant mental health practice is infused into every setting where practitioners work with or on behalf of very young children and their families.
The ILAIMH is structured to facilitate collaboration and the exchange of information among members and others concerned with the health and well-being of infants, toddlers, and their families. Chief among the Association’s activities is an annual professional conference held in the fall followed by a seminar series through the winter and spring focusing on topics related to the conference theme.
The Association has also become involved in infant mental health-related advocacy efforts in recent years. The Association had had an influence in establishing the Early Intervention (EI) System’s Social and Emotional Pilot Project in 2002, and was also involved in the passage of the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Act of 2003.
The Association continuously strives to find new ways to reach out to and support early childhood professionals in Illinois. Suggestions and comments related to the work of the organization are always welcome, as are new members. Current information and activities related to the work of the Association are available in our quarterly newsletter.
Please contact us with questions, comments, or requests for membership information at:
Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health
c/o Erikson Institute
451 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654