Wendy Bender, LCSW-R, IMH-E®, is the Executive Director of the New York State Association for Infant Mental Health. She is an Infant Mental Health Mentor and private consultant, providing training and consultation on numerous topics in the Infant Mental Health field.
Wendy was a Board member and President of the New York’s Greater Capital Region Infant Mental Health Association and a founding board member of the New York State Association for Infant Mental Health. She has participated in numerous statewide initiatives with a speciality focus on workforce development, including the NYS Pyramid Model Partnership.
She worked for many years with Prevent Child Abuse New York, providing training and staff development for the Healthy Families New York Home Visiting program. Wendy has provided clinical social work in a high-risk maternity unit; she coordinated a “baby team” in Early Intervention and worked with preschool children with special needs and their families. . She worked as a pediatric social worker at a physical rehabilitation hospital providing clinical services for injured and ill children and their families. She has more than 30 years experience providing clinical social work and reflective supervision.