I-AIMH’s membership has been steadily increasing since it was established in 2009. Members come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines and comprise of clinical practitioners and early service providers throughout Ireland linked to statutory and non-statutory agencies. I-AIMH aims to provide support to those working with babies, toddlers and their families and as an organisation we recognise the importance of giving attention to the baby, the parent, and the early developing parent-child relationship.
The Executive Committee’s (EC) 10 members each serve a minimum of two years. The current EC members are:
- Marie McSweeney (President)
- Ella Lovett (President-Elect)
- Mari Caulfield (Training & Professional Development Officer)
- Audrey Lonergan (Secretary)
- Ger O’ Riordan (Treasurer)
- Mary Fanning (Membership Secretary)
- Catherine Maguire (Past President), Nicola Lally, Hazel Murphy, Malie Coyne and Claire Barrett (Ordinary Committee Members)
The EC meets every 2 months. Its functions include planning and progressing the organisation’s goals and strategies. Current work also includes the organisation of educational events, dissemination of articles/information, fundraising, establishing the organisation’s charitable status. All work is undertaken on a voluntary basis.
Some members are involved in establishing and supporting Infant Mental Health Network Groups around the country. These network groups are multidisciplinary, educational, and supportive, and primarily use a model of reflective practice. Network groups are currently operating in Mallow & Fermoy in North Cork, Cork City, Clonmel in Co. Tipperary, the North East (with attendees drawn from Louth, Meath, Cavan, and Monaghan), and Ballymun in Dublin.
Irish Association for Infant Mental Health clg Charity (Auth) No: 19200
Company Reg: 538019
Directors: Marie McSweeney, Ella Lovett, Audrey Lonergan