Welcome to the Korean Association for Infant Mental Health (KAIMH)! KAIMH originated with the Korean Infant Mental Health Research Society (a research group under the Korean Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry) in 2002 and was formally founded as KAIMH in 2008 as a collaborative research organization of experts in the fields of mental health, psychology, child research, social welfare, psychotherapy, and clinical psychology and counseling for infants and toddlers. Clinical research on young children has become of increasing interest in the international community. For its part, KAIMH has served as the official Korean chapter of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) and has actively engaged in international research exchange.
One of our missions is to train professional play therapists and parent education and counseling experts from an inter-disciplinary perspective for the systematic improvement of the mental health of young children and child care providers in Korea. KAIMH runs well-devised training and retraining courses to foster experts specialized in the mental health of young children. Another important mission is to conduct research on the mental health of young children, which has been relatively neglected in Korea, jointly with professors and experts in various fields of mental health of young children. We have invited renowned foreign researchers to introduce the latest research such as the therapeutic approach to PTSD in children before school age and functional brain image research for social cognitive disorder of autism spectrum disorder and held conferences and workshops about mentalization, attachment, and developmental psychopathology. We have also held international conferences and workshops for early differential diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder for children aged up to three years and early detection of mental health problems.
KAIMH is at a crucial juncture in its development. It is on the cusp of advancing one step further on the strength of its achievements and support of its members. Amid the social crisis and changes that ceaselessly threaten the mental health of young children, we make utmost efforts to uphold the principles of mental health experts. This leads us to our final mission of social responsibility as experts in child mental health. We will continue to help improve and optimally develop the mental health of young children, who will lead our country in the future, and their parents. We appreciate the efforts and support of our members and interested people to build a society where everyone is encouraged to exert his or her potential based on sound emotional development.
Dr. Yee-Jin Shin
Yonsei University Department of Psychiatry