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Statement on COVID-19

March 22nd, 2020

Dear colleagues, it has become obvious that our congress cannot take place on June 2020, but we are looking for possibilities to postponing the Congress to date before the end of June 2021. More information will follow soon.

We thank you for your patience during this process.

Election of the President Elect

The Board Members (Directors) are asked about their willingness to present themselves as a candidate for the positions of President Elect and President. 

An electronic, tentative enquiry will be distributed to WAIMH members (2019 and 2020). This ballot will be used to find out the support each candidate has among WAIMH members. The e-mail includes introductions/biosketch from Board Members, who are willing to serve as President Elect. Voting time four weeks, 20th April – 19th May.

Election for WAIMH Board of Directors 

The new WAIMH Board members for the years 2020-2024 are Hisako Watanabe and Catherine MaguireRead more.

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6/7/2020 » 6/11/2020
17th World Congress - Creating stories in Infant Mental Health: research, recovery and regeneration

Latest Perspectives

March 27th, 2020

NEAR@Home for Home Visitors: Addressing ACEs in Home Visiting by Asking, Listening, and Accepting

"Parents have the most opportunity and the most potential for changing the trajectory of the public’s health for generations. But parents must actually know about ACEs and their effects in order to realize this potential."

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March 20th, 2020

Helping Young Kids Through the Coronavirus Crisis

How do young children make sense of current realities in the tough times? The Zero to Thrive team has developed an infographic resource/handout and website update regarding helping very young children and families to understand and cope in response to COVID-19.

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March 20th, 2020

Book Review: Supporting Vulnerable Babies and Young Children

Book Review: Supporting Vulnerable Babies and Young Children: Interventions for Working with Trauma, Mental Health, Illness and Other Complex Challenges. Edited by WAIMH members, Wendy Bunston and Sarah J. Jones. Reviewed by Deborah J. Weatherston, Associate Editor, WAIMH Perspectives in IMH.

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March 13th, 2020

Letters to the Editor

The WAIMH  Perspectives in Infant Mental Health editorial team would like to share two letters that have been received in response to the recently published WAIMH Perspectives in Infant Mental Health Presidential Address: “ Infants in under-staffed nurseries: In wealthy societies ”.

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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 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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