Pennsylvania Project LAUNCH is helping all professionals who work with young children and their families to gain critical expertise in supporting healthy infant and early childhood mental health. This project is designed to include any and all professionals who work directly with young children (birth through age 8) and their families, including caregivers, educators, physical or behavioral health providers, home visitors, early intervention specialists, and others—including administrators.
As part of Project LAUNCH’s support of the implementation of the PA-AIMH Infant Mental Health Endorsement® (“IMH-E®”), we are developing Project LAUNCH Infant Mental Health Learning Collaboratives (“IMH Learning Collaboratives”). Each IMH Learning Collaborative will provide financial support and logistical assistance to enroll professionals who work with infants and very young children in existing online programs that provide comprehensive education in the IMH-E® Competencies sufficient to support participants in gaining a PA-AIMH IMH-E Endorsement®. In exchange for the benefit of receiving this free educational opportunity, participants will agree to complete the Endorsement process, support the future implementation of IMH-E Endorsement® in Pennsylvania, and attend in-person group meetings to foster collaborative learning and network building.
Participation in the IMH Learning Collaboratives will be by application through Project LAUNCH, at no cost to participants.
We are here to educate local professionals about these opportunities:
- Do you need more information for your staff? We can help you to learn more about infant/early childhood mental health principles, how they impact the work of your professionals, and how you and your staff can benefit from the IMH Learning Collaboratives and/or pursuit of the IMH-E Endorsement®. We are scheduling tailored presentations for organizations throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania in the coming months. These can be for any audience: one-on-one or in small groups with administrators, full professional development staff meetings and in-service sessions for hands-on professional staff, or full presentations at conferences or association gatherings. Please see below for ways to contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a visit to your site.
- Our perspective on the need for IMH expertise in our community. Throughout summer 2017 we assessed interest in these programs and sought information about the existing level of competency in infant/early childhood mental health principles in a variety of ways. While this effort was primarily designed to inform our plans for the Learning Collaboratives, we will soon be sharing selected data from an online survey tool via this site. If you have interest in participating in the Collaboratives or seeking IMH-E Endorsement®, we can also provide a similar tool that will assist you in understanding your own areas of strength and future growth necessary to expand your IMH expertise.
Please contact Patrick Webster at Project LAUNCH with any questions via the Contact page of this site. To subscribe to our email distribution list, please click here or cut and paste bit.ly/IMH-Interest into your browser and complete the brief form you will find there. You may also want to follow our Project LAUNCH Learning Collaboratives Facebook page to keep up on the process as we develop it. Click here or visit facebook.com/LearnWithLAUNCH for more.