Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice in Infant Mental Health This is a 2 Day Programme for practitioners who have developed a familiarity regarding the practice of infant mental health and now wish to develop their clinical skills to consolidate their practice.
“Today, we are in possession of a vast scientific treasure, a treasure that should be returned to babies and their families as a gift from science” (Fraiberg, 1980).
• Understand the science of early development and its contribution to clinical practice
• Consolidate understanding of the importance of the baby’s early relationships and the surrounding environment
• Recognise what promotes, supports and challenges the baby-caregiver relationships during pre-, peri- and post-natal periods and up to the three year developmental period
• Strengthen knowledge base regarding the core social and emotional developmental tasks of the infant and toddler stage
• Develop and implement an Infant Mental Health (IMH) service framework
• Establish frameworks for Reflection and Reflective Practive Supervision Facilitators: Catherine Maguire is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and Infant Mental Health Specialist & Clinical Mentor IMH-E
®(IV) with 20 years experience in Child and Family Psychology Services. She completed her infant mental health training and endorsement with the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health. Her clinical specialisation includes the development and establishment of infant mental health service frameworks and building workforce capacity. Her current work is focussed on promotion, prevention and intervention of infant mental health and wellbeing. Mairéad Carolan is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years experience in mental health services. She has a particular interest and experience in working with mothers with post-natal depression and anxiety. Her area of specialisation is in the interface between Infant Mental Health and Adult Mental Health. She has been a member of the North Cork Infant Mental Health Network for over 10 years.