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.

CHDI's IMPACT report entitled:  The Infant Mental Health Workforce:  Key to Promoting the Healthy Social and Emotional Development of Children provides information about infant mental health, the competencies and endorsement process and efforts underway to build a trained workforce in Connecticut. 

Contact us to learn more about our workforce development efforts.