Our Work

Infant Mental Health Competencies


CHDI is helping the Connecticut Association of Infant Mental Health (CT-AIMH) build a system for Connecticut to support a competency-based early childhood workforce. This effort is based on the CT-AIMH Endorsement (IMH-E®).  

The intent of the Endorsement is to recognize and document the development of infant and family professionals within an organized system of culturally sensitive, relationship-based, infant mental health learning and work experiences. The general categories of competency include:

  • Theoretical Foundations (including pregnancy and early parenthood; relationship-focused therapeutic practice; family relationships and dynamics; cultural competence)
  • Law, Regulation & Agency Policy
  • Systems Expertise
  • Direct Service Skills (including observation and listening; screening and assessment)
  • Working with Others
  • Communicating
  • Thinking
  • Reflection

Through this effort, the number of professionals endorsed in Connecticut is expected to greatly expand over the next five years. This will result in more of the State’s child-serving programs and systems being able to support and advance the social and emotional development of children beginning in their earliest years.

The following CHDI publications provide information about infant and early childhood mental health, the competencies and endorsement process and efforts underway to build a trained workforce in Connecticut.