The mission of the MassAIMH training committee is to promote education and training for cross-sector, interdisciplinary, infant, early childhood and family practitioners on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and the promotion of healthy social/emotional development.
The committee will provide:
- Updated links to information on local training and local and national conferences in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
- Links to other state-wide WAIMH affiliates with training sites
Work of the MassAIMH Infant Mental Health Competency Guidelines® Task Force:
- With funding from the US Department of Education Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant (RTTT), Department of Mental Health in partnership with the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative and the Department of Early Education and Care, developed a guidebook for early childhood educators on infant and early childhood mental health resources and services in Massachusetts. While the audience for the guidebook is early childhood educators it contains information and resources useful to others working with very young children and their families. Click here to download a copy of the guidebook.
- The 2017 Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Professional Development Resource Guide contains 147 trainings offered by 26 agencies for cross-systems professionals working with infants, young children, and their families. Infant and early childhood mental health services aim to support child and family competence within their socio-cultural context, reduce risk, and intervene in functioning that threatens to erode early development and healthy parent-child relationships.
The Professional Development Resource Guide links the original framework of promotion, prevention, intervention, and treatment tiers of supports with MassAIMH’s Competency Guidelines. MassAIMH purchased the license to the Michigan (MI-AIMH) competency system and formed a Competency Task Force that helped develop this year’s Compendium.
Interested professionals can access the Professional Development Resource Guide, including instructions for its use, below.
In State training resources:
- Free online training, “An Introduction to Behavioral Health in Schools: Supports for Students” This training provides a foundational understanding of behavioral health and features strategies to support students in the classroom, as well as tools to support students and caregivers in accessing services. It features interviews with educators and school professionals such as Mr. Martin, who share insights and tips on what works in real school settings. This training is part of the Clough Foundation Training and Access Project (TAP) online series on social-emotional learning and behavioral health in schools. Our first training, “An Overview of Social-Emotional Learning: What to Expect in the Classroom” is also available. A certificate of completion and access to additional resource materials will be granted to all participants upon completion of each training. Please contact us to learn more about these and future trainings at BCHNP@childrens.harvard.edu, and considering sharing this resource with colleagues. This training is brought to you by the Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships Program (BCHNP). We would like to thank our generous donors for supporting our goals: The Clough Foundation, The Manton Foundation, and C.F. Adams Charitable Trust.
- Brazelton Touchpoints Center The Brazelton Touchpoints Center offers innovative, strength-based interventions and practices to equip and engage families, caregivers, and practitioners across sectors to successfully support all domains of children’s development essential to successful early learning and lifelong success. The Brazelton Touchpoints Center works in the U.S. and abroad with public agencies, non-profits, hospitals, home visitors, private practices, early childhood settings, tribal services, statewide initiatives, and professional training in institutions of higher education. The Brazelton Touchpoints Center offers professional development hours in many areas, including Brazelton Touchpoints training and Brazelton Institute Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO). Touchpoints is a neuro-developmental, evidence-based approach for supporting healthy family functioning and optimal child development ages 0-6. As family-centered, relationship-focused, and strength based models, Touchpoints and NBO training are essential for infant mental health (IMH) providers.
- Connected Beginnings Training Institute The Connected Beginnings Training Institute provides, coordinates, and evaluates professional development and training efforts aimed at enhancing the social and emotional well-being of young children within their families, their communities, and their early care and education programs. Training opportunities are listed on their website under Training Calendar.
- Early Childhood Mental Health Professional Development Resource Guide A free resource guide containing over 100 early childhood mental health (ECMH) professional development activities across Massachusetts from over 18 agencies, both public and private. The guide includes training opportunities for both paraprofessionals and professionals with a variety of credentials and educational backgrounds, from individuals with associates degrees to advanced-practice clinicians with masters and/or doctoral degrees. Professionals from multiple disciplines including early childhood educators, social workers, home visitors, nurses, physicians, family support providers, mental health clinicians and others, can find trainings relevant to their scope of practice.
- Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
- The Infant-Parent Training Institute: Postgraduate Fellowship & Certificate Program: The Infant-Parent Training Institute, situated within the Center for Early Relationship Support of Jewish Family and Children’s Service, offers integrated clinical and theoretical training in infant mental health to professionals from multiple disciplines. Offerings include a two year Infant-Parent Clinical Mental Health Fellowship, year long Infant Observation course, Maternal Mental Health and half-day Master Classes. IPTI courses explore the interface of theory and clinical practice; central to all of our offerings are the opportunities for observation and reflection and the understanding of development as embedded in relationships, community and culture. Our training institute includes exceptional faculty with expertise in research, clinical work with very young children and parents; small classes with opportunities for case based discussions; opportunities for clinical experience in infant-parent psychotherapy; reflective mentoring and supervision; a community of colleagues with common interests and diverse perspectives. For more information please visit our website.
- University of Massachusetts, Boston: Infant-Parent Mental Health Postgraduate Fellowship & Certificate Program: A two-year (bimonthly weekend meetings), highly acclaimed program advancing the quality of mental health services for infants and young children in the context of their earliest relationships. Fellows spend 12 intensive, interactive three-day weekends, learning directly from world luminaries, who in the past have included Chief Faculty, Ed Tronick, T. Berry Brazelton, Dan Siegel, Bruce Perry, Charles Zeanah, Joy Osofsky, Beatrice Beebe, Peter Fonagy, and many more. An interdisciplinary professional fellowship open to physicians, psychologists, nurses, psychotherapists, educators, social workers, SLPs, OTs, PTs, and others working with children age 0-5 and their parents. Prepares professionals for endorsement as an infant-family and early childhood mental health specialist in a growing number of states. For more information, and to download our application, please visit their website.
National training resources
- Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children, and Families
- Center on the Developing Child
- Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning
- Child Care and Early Education Research Connections
- Early Care and Education Research Connections
- Early Head Start National Resource Center
- Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
- Healthy Steps for Young Children
- Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
- National Center for Children in Poverty – Mental Health
- National Child Trauma Stress Network
- National Head Start Association
- National Infant and Toddler Child Care Initiative
- Ounce of Prevention Fund
- Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children
- Zero to Three