OK-AIMH President's Message

Desiree Doherty Welcome to the Oklahoma Association of Infant Mental Health (OK-AIMH)! On behalf of the Board of Directors, we invite you to engage with us in 2021 to promote the wellbeing of our state's young children and their families.

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health is a growing field that focuses on the healthy social-emotional development of young children within their families and communities. Neuroscience now documents what professionals in the field have long known: strengthening safe, nurturing relationships with - and within - families and communities is a vital pathway to providing effective services.

OK-AIMH supports professional development across many sectors – including early care, early childhood education, parent/child/family therapy, pediatrics, home visiting, parenting education, research, academia, and more. OK-AIMH offers opportunities for acquiring specialized education, training, and reflective consultation which equips professionals with best practice ways of "being, knowing and doing" their work. Even those who don't call themselves "infant mental health professionals" are actually part of the wide continuum of resources and providers that serve families with young children in our state.

We are guided by a set of Core Competencies outlined by the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health and we are one of 37 state associations licensed to administer the Endorsement® for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship Based Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health credential of specialized achievement.

We are eager to connect, learn and partner to create a highly prepared early childhood workforce, a more knowledgeable IECMH-informed state system and, ultimately, a network of communities working on behalf of very young children and their families. We are excited to have you join us in this endeavor.

Desiree Doherty
OKAIMH 2020-2021 Board President