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, thank you for your interest in the wellbeing of our state's youngest citizens and their families.

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

OK-AIMH seeks to support professionals across many sectors in acquiring specialized education, training, and consultation to equip them to apply best practice knowledge in their work in infant and early childhood mental health. 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 that administers the Endorsement® for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship Based Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health.

OK-AIMH also serves as a resource for training, reflective consultation, and guidance in best practices for the state of Oklahoma. 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