Title

Infant Mental Health Professional Endorsement: A Model Public Relations Plan for Idaho

Type of Culminating Activity

Graduate Student Project

Graduation Date

5-2009

Degree Title

Master of Education in Early Childhood Studies

Department

Special And Early Childhood Education

Major Advisor

Keith Allred

Abstract

Infant mental health, the continually expanding ability of a child to regulate and express emotions while forming close attachments with primary caregivers is crucial for later social-emotional and cognitive development. Although not a new problem, it has only recently been given a name. To address the need in Idaho for increased awareness of the children at risk for mental health issues, the Secure Beginnings Consortium has been established. This group, currently in the process of adopting endorsement criteria for infant mental health professionals, is in need of an informational brochure which could be mailed to these stakeholders who will be providing infant mental health services in Idaho. The purpose of this project was to develop the brochure explaining the endorsement process, the four levels of endorsement and the competency required for each level.

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