The US World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) Affiliates announced the formation of the Consortium of US WAIMH Affiliates in 2009. The Consortium was designed to create a united and coordinated voice across US Affiliates to encourage a more active and healthy infant mental health community in the US, as well as a stronger relationship with WAIMH. Joy Browne (Colorado), Jacqui Van Horn (New Mexico), Angela Tomlin (Indiana) and Deb Weatherston (Michigan) initiated the effort. 25 representatives from many US Affiliates met at ZERO TO THREE’s National Training Institute in December, 2009 to network and officially establish the Consortium (see www.mi-aimh.org for additional information about U.S. WAIMH Affiliates).
TAKE THE LEAD AND CELEBRATE BABIES AROUND THE USA – October 24-28,2011
For the past three years, MI-AIMH and a few other WAIMH associations have set the last week of October (October 24 – 28, 2011) as a time for affiliates and chapters to celebrate babies. This year the U.S. Consortium of WAIMH Affiliates and other infant mental health associations are invited to plan an event — in groups large or small — during the same week. Set your calendars now and join in the US wide celebration of babies and the promotion of infant mental health. What can you do?
Sponsor a training for parents about early development, plan a cross-disciplinary lecture about the needs of children birth to 3 for nurturing relationships, collaborate with your Baby Court team or CASA organizations, host an evening meeting to discuss reflective practice, review a recent Infant Mental Health Journal article, share a WAIMH Signal article, and/or view the inspiring movie, “Babies,” with colleagues and friends. There are so many ways to celebrate babies!
JOIN US WAIMH COLLEAGUES AT THIS YEAR’S ZERO TO THREE NATIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTE Save the date: Friday, December 9, 2011 6:00 – 7:30 pm more information TBA!
For additional information about the Consortium, please contact Joy Browne (Joy. Browne@childrenscolorado.org), Jacqui VanHorn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Deborah Weatherston (email@example.com).
The Consortium of US WAIMH Affiliates,