Initially launched at the WAIMH Congress in 2014, WAIMH have now published their position paper on the Rights of the Infant.
“We, as professionals and members of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) who work with infants and parents within different cultures and societies, affirm that there is a need to recognize specific Rights of Infants, beyond those which have already been specified in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC, adopted 1990). We fully support the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the child, and the subsequent document from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, General Comment Number 7, published in 2005, concerning the implementation of children’s rights in early childhood. We affirm that the UNCRC in addressing the rights of children, does not sufficiently differentiate the needs of infants and toddlers from those of older children, in that infants and toddlers are totally dependent upon the availability of consistent and responsive care from specific adults for the adequate development of their basic human capacities. There are unique considerations regarding the needs of infants during the first three years of life which are highlighted by contemporary knowledge, underscoring the impact of early experience on the development of human infant brain and mind”
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IAIMH will be running a 2 day course in Dublin during November 2016. Please click here for further detail.
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The Irish Association for Infant Mental Health is pleased to announce that a 2 day Masterclass in Infant Mental Health will be held in Cork on April 22nd and 23rd 2016.
Course Facilitators: Catherine Maguire and Mairead Carolan, Senior Clinical Psychologists and specialists in perinatal and infant mental health.
Details and booking information to follow.
27th January 2016- Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has launched Ireland’s first National Maternity Strategy
On Thursday the 12th of November Kevin Nugent, Founder and Director of the Brazelton Institute presented to the Oireachtas Health Committee on infant mental health.
Kevin Nugent is a leading expert in infant mental health. Detail of his work can be found here
IAIMH’s 2015 AGM will be held from 4- 5.30pm in The Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin.
This will be held directly after Kevin Nugent’s workshop on ‘Preventive Intervention Beginning in the Perinatal Period: Use of the Neonatal Behavioural Observations (NBO) System’ (details for which can be found here).
Members will have been sent membership renewal forms and forms on which to submit motions.
On Monday the 16th of November Kevin Nugent of the Brazelton Centre will deliver a one day workshop on ‘Preventive Intervention Beginning in the Neonatal Period’ in Dublin. This is a joint IAIMH and Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) event.
The workshop will cover the following:
- Review of the theoretical principles underlying the Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) System
- A description of the NBO
- Learning from training in Parent- Infant Mental Health around the world
This is an inter- discipline workshop and is open to any professional with an interest in Infant Mental Health. Those working in maternity services and any aspect of perinatal and postnatal care in the community are particularly welcome.
The event runs from 9.30am- 3.30pm in The Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin and will cost 80 euro for IAIMH and PSI members and 100 euro for non members.
To book a place please go to the PSI website.
IAIMH’s AGM will be held directly afterwards in the same venue.
Dr Kevin Nugent, Founder and Director of the Brazelton Institute at Boston Children’s Hospital and Professor Emeritus of Child and Family Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will be delivering the keynote address at the annual conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland on Friday the 13th of November in Galway followed by a workshop on Monday the 16th of November in Dublin. Initial details are published on the PSI website with full booking details for IAIMH and PSI members to follow.