March 17, 2018


What is Infant Mental Health (IMH)?

Infant mental health is reflected in appropriate cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Recognizing the unique characteristics of each infant and family and the circumstances in which they live. We characterize good mental health for children (0-5 years) as:

  • Secure Attachments
  • Positive Relationships
  • Confidence
  • Curiosity
  • Effective Communication
  • Increasing Self-Regulation
  • Social Competence
  • Self-Awareness
  • Expressions of Love and Happiness

Infant mental health changes and develops within the context of relationships between infants and caregivers, families, communities, and cultures.

Baby Steps: Trauma & Resilience in Infancy

A Message from Utah Association for Infant Mental Health (UAIMH):

Dear All:

Thank you so much for attending Baby Steps: Trauma & Resilience in Infancy. We had a wonderful turnout and we enjoyed having every single one of you. I hope that it was meaningful for you as well. Nurturing resilience when there is trauma (in either the baby, the caregiver, or the entire family) is not easy work, and we need more than one conference to do this work. But we are hoping that this is the beginning of a movement that recognizes that many families' experiences are colored by trauma and that this can affect their babies' development, and that finds ways to then foster resilience in these situations. As we discussed, this work begins with our own selves and we can use ourselves as tools. When we can offer ourselves in a genuine way, of course with our 'toolkit' of techniquest, information, and resources to refer to, we can make a difference (sometimes in ways that we will never know).

We feel inspired to continue to find ways to support you in this work. Please do let us know if you have ideas, requests, or any other questions or comments for us.

Regards UAIMH
Please click on the links below to access the handouts from the conference. 
 Ilse DeKoeyer-Laros Ph.D
Vonda Jump Norman Ph.D.
Jennifer Mitchell Ph.D BCBA-D
Heather Kunz MSW, CSW