Term Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Code RP-6400.3300
Definition Programs that specialize in providing preventive, diagnostic and treatment services that focus on strengthening the social and emotional development and well-being of infants and young children within the context of early primary relationships. Services may include emotional support, developmental guidance, early relationship assessment and support, infant-parent psychotherapy and advocacy. The objectives of the discipline are to help infants and young children develop close and secure relationships with others; experience, express and regulate a full range of both positive and negative emotions; and actively explore the environment and learn.
Created 5/25/11
Changed 12/15/14
Use References Early Childhood Mental Health
Infant and Early Childhood Behavioral Health
Infant Mental Health
Infant Psychiatry
See Also References Child Guidance (RP-1400.8000-155)
External Classification Terms Childhood Mental Health Disorders (NPC F03.04)
Counseling (UW
Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders (CAN MH-500)
Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders (USA MH-500)
Mental Health Treatment (NPC F04)
Mental Health Treatment (NTE F30)
Related Concepts Children and Youth
Early Childhood Programs/Services
Facet Service
Bibliographic References "Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health", By Sue Bollig, M.S.W., http://www.clinicalsocialworksociety.org/included/docs/continuing_education/InfantEarlyChildhoodMH.pdf

"Infant Mental Health", Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health, CoAIMH website, http://www.coaimh.org/

"The Infant Mental Health Specialist", Deborah J. Weatherston, Ph.D., Merrill-Palmer Institute/Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, http://www.zerotothree.org/child-development/early-childhood-mental-health/vol21-2s.pdf

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