Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health

The Alabama Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (AAIECMH) was formed in January 2017 and will operate under the name of First 5 Alabama.  During this time, the AAIECMH became a licensed affiliate of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health®, a global organization that includes those states and countries whose infant mental health associations have licensed the use of the Competency Guidelines® and Endorsement® for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health® under their associations’ names.

Purpose and goals of the Association:

  • promote the healthy social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children from conception through five years of age through supportive and nurturing relationships;
  • facilitate interdisciplinary cooperation among individuals concerned with promoting conditions that will bring about the optimal development of infants and young children;
  • encourage the realization that infancy is a sensitive period in the psychosocial development of individuals and to promote education, research, and study of the effects of mental development during infancy on later normal and psychopathological development; and
  • promote the education, professional development, and Endorsement® of professionals across multiple disciplines to increase the supply of early childhood mental health consultants to enhance programs of care, intervention, and prevention of mental impairment in infancy and early childhood.

For more information, please see the First 5 Alabama form here.

What is Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement (IMH-E®/ECMH-E®)

Endorsement® is intended to recognize experiences that lead to competency in the infant and early childhood-family field. It does not replace licensure or certification, but instead is meant as evidence of a specialization in this field. IMH-E®/ECMH-E® is a registered trademark that indicates that a person has been awarded Endorsement® by their state’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Association, which is a licensed affiliate of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health and meets the Endorsement® criteria. IMH-E® represents work with the birth to 3-year-old child and family, while ECMH-E® represents work with the 3 to 5-year-old child and family.

For more information, please contact Dallas Rabig, LPC, IMH-E® at dallas.rabig@ece.alabama.gov or (334) 202-2717.