The Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children, and Families (Tenets) are guiding principles created to encourage the infant mental health (IMH) field to intentionally and mindfully engage in standards of practice that promote and strive for a just and equitable society.  The Tenets present a call to action to the field to intentionally address some of the racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and other inequities embedded in society.

The Tenets were created by a small network of IMH leaders who made it a primary goal to deepen the field’s commitment to diversity-informed, culturally attuned, inclusive, and equitable practice. While there has been extensive commitment to IMH core values as well as many ground-breaking innovations addressing diversity and inclusion have been underway, what was missing was a shared vision about diversity within the already existing principles and practices.  Additionally, certain core principles of IMH, are difficult to uphold evenly within a society where certain groups and relationships are recognized and revered, while others are discounted or denigrated. From this work and analysis it became clear that IMH is a matter of social justice.

The Tenets are considered a gift to the field and are offered to individuals, agencies and organizations to consider and embed in their spheres of practice.  As the network creates additional materials for the Tenets, included resource guides, questionnaires and other supplemental materials, they will be posted on this website.

The Tenets are a product of the Irving Harris Foundation Professional Development Network.

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