The Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health has a rich history and extraordinary diversity in the type of professional who call themselves an infant mental health professional. Members of ILAIMH 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
Established in 1982, 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 the fields of education, social work, psychology, medicine, academia, public policy, child development, physical and occupational therapy, and other allied disciplines. With over 200 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.
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. In addition, the Association has developed training modules related to infant mental health issues such as attachment, feeding and sleeping difficulties that are available to early childhood programs and practitioners around the state.
The Association has also become involved in infant mental health-related advocacy efforts in recent years. Most noteworthy perhaps has been the Association’s influence in establishing the Early Intervention (EI) System’s Social and Emotional Pilot Project in 2002, which was recently rolled out statewide, as well as its involvement 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 professional 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. To see our privacy policies for the web site, click here.
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