The mission of GA-AIMH is to promote family, infant and early childhood mental health as foundational to development, by:
- Raising awareness of young children’s social and emotional needs;
- Building culturally responsive preventive and therapeutic professional capacities;
- Fostering interdisciplinary and cross-system collaboration by supporting professionals
working with and on behalf of infants, young children, and their families;
- Advocating for and supporting policies in the best interest of infants, young children, families and communities.
Our vision is for all of Georgia’s infants and young children to be safe and nurtured through consistent, caregiving relationships in order to reach their fullest potential.
Our mission is to promote family, infant, and early childhood mental health as foundational to development by
- Raising awareness of young children’s social and emotional needs,
- Building culturally-responsive preventive and therapeutic professional capacities,
- Fostering interdisciplinary and cross-system collaboration by supporting professionals working with and on behalf of infants, young children, and their families, and
- Advocating for and supporting policies in the best interest of infants, young children, families, and communities.
- To promote throughout Georgia, the healthy social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of young children through supportive and nurturing relationships from conception through five years of age;
- To facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration among individuals concerned with promoting conditions that will bring about the optimal development of young children and child-caregiver and child-parent relationships;
- To encourage the understanding that early childhood is a sensitive period in the psychosocial development of individuals;
- To promote education, research, and study on social-emotional development during early childhood.
- To increase the integration/inclusion of I-ECMH content in pre-service training programs that prepare students who will work with young children and their families;
- To promote education, professional development, and expertise of diverse professionals who work with young children concerning the mental health of young children, parents, families, and other caregivers;
- To promote the development of scientifically-based and evidence-informed practices of care across the infant and early childhood mental health continuum of services (promotion, prevention, intervention, and treatment).
- To integrate I-ECMH competencies into the state, local, and regional trainings that are designed to build a more specialized workforce with experiences and learning tools that support early relational health.
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A key component of GA-AIMH will be the Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health, which was originally created by the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health. Endorsement provides recognition of specialized knowledge and expertise among professionals working with or on behalf of pregnant women, young children and their families. Endorsement is not a license but an overlay that complements one’s professional license and/or other credentials. Thirty-two other states, including Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida, already offer the Endorsement.
The Georgia Association of Infant Mental Health: Birth to Five (GA-AIMH) is offering behavioral health clinicians in Georgia an exciting opportunity to join a cohort of their peers in completing training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). CPP is a relationship-based therapy that helps young children and families recover and heal after stressful and traumatic events. The training will be conducted by endorsed CPP trainers. Thanks to the Georgia Department of Public Health and Department of Early Care and Learning, this training will be provided at no cost to clinicians.
You may be eligible to participate in the training if you are:
- A Masters-level behavioral health clinician who is licensed or under the supervision of a participating licensed clinician
- Currently practicing and plan on continuing to practice in Georgia
- In a position where you are able to work directly with children aged 0-5 and their families and access reflective supervision
- Able to commit to an 18-month virtual training experience from August 2022 – March 2024 that can be completed while continuing in your current role Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an informational session.
- CPP Informational Session Presentation
- Recording of the CPP Informational Session
- CPP Training Agreement
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Contact Us with any questions
- Review a copy of the application
- When you are ready to apply, please use the following link to access the online application: https://gsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bw1Iv0CA3lN9YlU