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Infant Mental Health

Every individual who touches a baby should be trained to understand the basic concepts of infant-family mental health and early development. Everyone who interacts with preschoolers and their families should be trained to understand the basic concepts of development and mental health of infants and young children, as well as the practitioner’s role in supporting parents in their responsibilities to protect, nurture, and guide their children.

Infant mental health is a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to serving, nurturing, and supporting young children and families in their development and daily functioning. Quality infant mental health practices utilize evidenced-based approaches and practices to promote social, emotional and cognitive growth. Infant mental health generally relies on relationship-based approaches to facilitating growth in infants/toddlers through addressing primary attachment relationships.

-California Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Guidelines Workgroup, 2012, California Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health, Revised, Sacramento, CA: California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health.

To learn about Solace Center's infant and early mental health specialists, click Here.

For an introductory course on infant-preschooler mental health, click Here.