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Professional Development
~VAIMH 3rd Thursdays~

VAIMH offers 1-hour virtual lunchtime professional development the 3rd Thursday of each month from 12:00-1:00 PM followed by a 30-minute Q&A.

We invite all who care about the mental health of infants, young children, and families in Virginia to join us and connect with other professionals across the state. 

These professional development opportunities are matched to Competencies for those going through or maintaining Endorsement in Infant and/or Early Childhood Mental Health. 


Certificates of Participation for 1 training hour are provided. 

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VAIMH Members:  Free

Non-Members: $20/quarter


Please see a list of upcoming events on the VAIMH

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Certificates of Participation will be emailed to you upon receipt of your session evaluation.


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Summer 2024 Series
coming soon



Stories from the Field: Reflecting Back and Looking Forward


Judith Martens, LCSW, IMH-E®, RSC Provider

Tracy Walters, IMH-E®, State IECMH Coordinator, VAIMH President

Competencies Targeted:

Advocacy | Service Delivery Systems | Contemplation



Child Welfare and Advocacy Through an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Lens

Presenter: Dr. Stephanie Spain, IMH-E®, Serenity Cove Pediatrics

Competencies Targeted:

Advocacy / Maintaining Perspective / Attachment, Separation, Trauma, Grief & Loss / Government, Law & Regulation



Understanding Attachment in Foster Care: The Impact of Trauma and the Role of Resilience

Presenter: Naomi Grinney, LCSW, IMH-E®

Competencies Targeted:

Attachment, Separation, Trauma, Grief & Loss / Family Relationships and Dynamics





What about the Baby?

Presenter: Judith Martens, LCSW, IMH-E®, RSC Provider

Competencies Targeted:

Attachment, Separation, Trauma, Grief & Loss / Analyzing Information / Family Relationships and Dynamics

A Special Thanks To:

Our presenters for volunteering their time to share their expertise and knowledge so that Virginia's infant and early childhood mental health practitioners can gain a deeper understanding of sensitive issues that can lead to increased skills and professional development. 


The VAIMH Professional Development Task Force Planning Committee who volunteer their time to organize quality, informative, and relevant sessions to enhance the professional services offered to infants, young children, and their families in Virginia, as well as to assist Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Applicants/Endorsees in obtaining training hours needed for initial Endorsement and/or annual Endorsement Renewal. Their dedication and commitment is valued and appreciated.

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