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WAIMH congratulates the new President Campbell Paul and President-Elect Astrid Berg!

They emphasize the role and possibilities of the Association in securing real improvement in the mental health outcomes for infants and families throughout the world. WAIMH must continue in the role of providing leadership in infant mental health, supporting policy development, research, training and improvement in direct clinical services for infants very young children and their families. Read more.

Brisbane Congress

Thank you for your patience whilst we have been busy working to re-schedule arrangements for WAIMH 2020. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the WAIMH Executive Committee and Organising Committee have concluded that WAIMH 2020 must be postponed. The new dates for the 17th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health will be 23 – 27 June 2021. Read more.

COVID-19 Resources

WAIMH website has a specific COVID-19 page that includes general resources for professionals as well as special medical information regarding pregnancy, infants and young children. The WAIMH COVID-19 page will be frequently updated to keep pace with new data and resources as they become available. Read more
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Latest Perspectives

May 22nd, 2020

Beautiful Mess: Early Childhood Consultation – Building Relationships in the Classroom

“A Beautiful Mess: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation” by Vickie Novell (USA) is reprinted in WAIMH Perspectives in Infant Mental Health with permission from the MI-AIMH, the author, and the editor of MI-AIMH’s ‘The Infant Crier.”

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May 22nd, 2020

Diversity and the positive impact of culture and supporting families in context – A view from Africa

Perspectives in Infant Mental Health are delighted to share this new paper with you by Astrid Berg, Cape Town, South Africa. This paper forms part of WAIMH’s communication plan to highlight and address important topics affecting young children in today’s world. Astrid Berg has written the following beautiful illustration of the role of culture and of several African traditional practices related to babies and their care. 

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May 15th, 2020

Language Interpretation in the Administration of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development-III for an Indigenous Population in Guatemala

New article by Webb et al. on cultural and linguistic issues associated with the adaptation of western assessment tools study in Kaqchikel Maya, Guatemala. 

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 May 8th, 2020

WAIMH and its Affiliate Organisations: Strengthening the Connection

A number of WAIMH executive members have collectively spent many hours conducting individual consultations with nearly 20 Affiliate chairs of organisations. We learned a lot and were extremely grateful for the time each president gave, to share their perspectives and ideas! 



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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