I-AIMH Event, Dublin 6th March- Bringing Attention to the Parent-Baby Relationship in Primary Care Settings: Frameworks for Understanding

An event with international speakers will be hosted by I-AIMH in Dublin on Monday 6th March:

Speakers will include:

Dr Miri Keren- Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Tel Aviv, Israel and Past President of WAIMH 2012-2016

The Role of DC 0-5 as a Diagnostic Framework

Dr Kaija Puura– Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Finland

Working with Complex Parent- Infant Relationships: Angels in the Nursery 

Suzi Tortora–  Dance & Movement Psychotherapist, New York

The Multi-Sensory World of the Infant: Understanding the Baby’s Embodied Experience and Nonverbal Cues to Support Attachment

Catherine Maguire- Senior Clinical Psychologist, Infant Mental Health Specialist Young Knocknaheeny, Past President I-AIMH

Integrating an IMH Framework in Ireland: The Experience of  Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme

Dr Palvi KaukonenChild & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Finland and Associate Executive Director of WAIMH

Infant Mental Health in Primary Care: The Experience and Vision of Finland


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Dr Miri Keren is a Child Psychiatrist and ithe director of the community-based infant mental health unit, affiliated to Geha Mental Health Center in Petah-Tiqwa in Israel. She was born in Paris and moved to Israel in 1970. She completed a fellowship in Infant Mental Health at Brown University, USA between1993 and 1995. Dr. Keren is Assistant Clinical Professor at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry department, Tel-Aviv Sackler Medical School. She is also head of the Infant Psychiatry Post Graduate course there. Dr Keren acts as International Advisor on the Editorial board of the Infant Mental Health Journal and is a member of the Diagnostic Classification for Early Childhood Revision International Task Force. She has been supervisor of the national preschool mental health implementation project in Israel. Dr Keren is Past President of the World Association of Infant Mental Health (WAIMH), (2012- 2016) and currently Honorary President of the Israel WAIMH Affiliate.

Dr Kaija Puura, M.D., Ph.D is Professor of Child Psychiatry in the University of Tampere, Finland and Chief of Child Psychiatry in Tampere University Hospital. She has authored or co-authored over 70 peer reviewed articles, and chapters in both national and international books on assessment and treatment of young children, and is currently an Associate editor of the Infant Mental Health Journal. Her professional activities as a clinical child psychiatrist have involved combining research activities with clinical work in various projects both in primary care and mental health services. Her interests cut across the following areas: gene-environment interplay in social and emotional development of young children; preventive and mental health interventions for young children; development of family therapeutic methods for families with young children and comprehensive interventions for children with trauma. Her current research project is focused on emotion regulation and shared pleasure and joy in mother-child interaction. She is a member of the Finnish Child Psychiatric Association and the World Association for Infant Mental Health. She received the WAIMH New Investigator Award (2002) and was appointed to Associate Executive Director of the WAIMH 2009.

 Dr Suzi Tortora, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC holds a doctorate from Columbia University and serves as consultant to the “Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001: A Primary Prevention Project” in the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University under Dr. Beatrice Beebe. Dr. Tortora has a dance/movement psychotherapy practice, in New York City and Cold Spring, New York. She is the manager of the Integrative Medicine Services Dréas Dream dance/movement therapy program for pediatric patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center since its inception in 2003. Dr. Tortora has published numerous papers about her therapeutic and nonverbal communication analysis work and her book, The Dancing Dialogue: Using the communicative power of movement with young children is used in dance/movement therapy training programs. Dr. Tortora received the 2010 Marian Chace Distinguished Dance Therapist award from the National Dance Therapy Association. She holds a board position at NY Zero to Three Network. Dr. Tortora has international training programs in Europe, South America and Asia including faculty positions in The Netherlands, Chech Republic, Argentina and China. She also offers international webinar-based training programs for dance/movement therapists and allied professionals.

Catherine Maguire, M.Psych.Sc. Clin Psych, IMH-E® IV is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and an Infant Mental Health Specialist and Clinical Mentor. She is currently on a 2-year secondment from the Health Service Executive South to Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme in Cork City, where she is the Lead Practitioner for the Interdisciplinary Team. She has 20 years experience delivering clinical psychology services to children and families which included the establishment of an infant mental health service framework in primary care psychology setting and co-creating an interdisciplinary infant mental health (IMH) training model and learning network group. She is co-founder and Past President of the Irish Association for Infant Mental Health (IAIMH). In 2012, she was the joint recipient of the WAIMH Award, given in recognition of her significant contribution to the establishment of IMH in Ireland.

Dr Palvi Kaukonen, M.D., is a Consulting Officer of Health Affairs at the Department for Social and Health Services, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland and part-time Head of the Department of Child Psychiatry in the University Hospital of Tampere, Finland. Currently she is leading the national reform of child and family health care and social services as one of the key projects of the government of Finland. Her professional activities as a clinical child psychiatrist have involved developing child mental health assessment methods and combining research activities with child mental health service development and clinical work in various projects both in primary care and mental health services. She has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles on assessment and treatment of young children and on child mental health services. She is a member of the Finnish Child Psychiatric Association and the Executive Director of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH).