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The New York State Association for Infant Mental Health (NYS-AIMH) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen and promote social and emotional well-being for all children prenatally through age 5 in New York State. The NYS-AIMH will promote uniform and nationally recognized standards to ensure those engaged in the multidisciplinary fields supporting young children are trained in up to date science of child development and relationship based practices. It will provide professional development, create a statewide competency system, and advocate for policy and resources for young children.
NYS-AIMH provides professional development and offers The NYS-AIMH Endorsement(r). This Endorsement is a credentialing system that supports and recognizes the knowledge and ability of professionals who work with or on behalf of infants and young children prenatally through age five and their families. This process uses an internationally recognized set of standards and competencies that define best practice and guide professional development across disciplines.
The intent of the NYS-AIMH 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.
Endorsement by NYS-AIMH verifies that an applicant has attained the level of education required, participated in specialized continuing education and in-service trainings, engaged in professional work related to infants and toddlers, obtained reflective supervision/consultation from mentors or supervisors, and acquired knowledge to promote the delivery of high quality, culturally sensitive, relationship-based services to infants, toddlers, families and other caregivers.