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Brisbane Congress website

The WAIMH Brisbane 2020 congress website is now open! Check it out and mark up all the key dates: www.waimh2020.org


It's time to renew your membership!

Memberships expired on December 31st 2018. If you have not already renewed your membership, it's time to do it here. When you login the first time to the new website, you are obligated to reset your password for security reasons. You also need to update your contact info because of the European Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We apologize for the inconvenienceRead about YourMembership Privacy Policy.


New website launches

We are pleased to present the new and improved WAIMH website to all visitors. The main goal for the website redesign has been to improve the ease of finding information on the website and improving the overall usability of the site. 

Please browse the new waimh.org and if you have suggestions on how to further improve, please email us at office@waimh.org or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

Latest Perspectives

Dec 10, 2018

Perspectives 4/2018 has been published

This issue once again contains many interesting features including for example:
Exploring how ‘refuge’ is provided to infants entering crisis accommodation with their mothers after fleeing family violence.
 A book review and WAIMH affiliate news.
The announcement of a search for a new editor of the Infant Mental Health Journal.
Introducing the people working in the WAIMH Central Office.

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August 21, 2018

Public Policy and Infant Mental Health

In 2016, the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) adopted its first formal public policy statement, drawing attention to issues specific to the rights of infants (WAIMH, 2016). The writers intended the document to serve as a stand-alone statement on behalf of infants, and a supplement to the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, which itself was a special addition to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the words of the WAIMH Board of Directors,

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April 26, 2019

Affiliates News

At the Rome Affiliate Council meeting in May 2018, affiliate presidents were invited to contribute to the work of the Affiliate Council by participating in one of two working groups. One of these working groups will be progressing the development of a set of guidelines for local Infant Mental Health groups to become “WAIMH Affiliates”.

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March 15, 2019

Presidential Address: WAIMH’s Infants’ Rights statement – a culturally monocentric claim?

"As young children are not able to express their own interests, they need global agencies that try their best to define these interests and to seek agreement among the world community on which rights are essential for children." President Kai von Klitzing discusses whether WAIMH’s Infants’ Rights statement is a culturally monocentric claim?

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WAIMH's mission promotes education, research, and study of the effects of mental, emotional and social development during infancy on later normal and psychopathological development through international and interdisciplinary cooperation, publications, affiliate associations, and through regional and biennial congresses devoted to scientific, educational, and clinical work with infants and their caregivers.


WAIMH for You


WAIMH connects infant mental health specialists and professionals working within infant well-being. You can get access to internationally based clinical and scientific knowledge via membership journals. Join in our congresses and global communication network.

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WAIMH's Affiliates offer members a local community for networking, training,  continued education, enhancing diversity and affecting WAIMH policy practices through the Affiliate Council.

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Board Members

Our accomplished Board of Directors manages the business of the association and exercises all corporate powers in WAIMH's mission to promote the mental well-being and healthy development of infants throughout the world.

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The free to access Perspectives in Infant Mental Health is the professional publication of WAIMH and Infant Mental Health Journal is the peer-reviewed official journal of WAIMH. Both offer insight in their respective focus areas for members and professionals.

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WAIMH Statements

WAIMH publishes statements and position papers on issues it identifies as crucial for the development and actualization of Infant Mental Health.

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WAIMH offers four important awards in recognition of individuals from across the world who have made very important contributions to the infant mental health community in the course of their careers.

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Join Us

Join The World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH), a non-profit organization for scientific and educational professionals and become part of a global learning community and professional network that speaks for infants, young children and families around the world.

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