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


To book your place go the event page on EventBrite.




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).





Free Open Morning & AGM

I-AIMH is pleased to announce an Open Morning to be held on Friday 20th January 2017 10am- 1pm in the Department of Applied Psychology, North Mall, University College Cork.

10.00 – 11.00 Helen Shanley – Minding Minds: the mother’s mind in the perinatal period and the importance of early intervention perinatally

11.00-11.30 Break

11.30 – 12.30 Fran Burns – Engaging Fragility: When the infant is weak and/or developmentally challenged, what impact can this have on the parent infant relationship and the baby’s development?

12.30 – 1.00 Open Forum


This will be followed by I-AIMH’s AGM for members of the association at 2- 3.30pm


For further information and to book your free ticket please click here.



Registration for Young Knocknaheeny’s 2016 Conference (Nov 7th) Now Open

“Built on a strong foundation of local interagency collaboration, which contributed to the design, planning, resourcing and management, Young Knocknaheeny (YK) has formally been in existence since January 1st 2015. YK is part of the national Area Based Childhood Programme funded by Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and Atlantic Philanthropies (AP)” (from the YK website).

On November 7th in Cork City, Young Knocknaheeny will bring together leading experts, policy makers, practitioners, and participants to share and connect the science, policy, and interdisciplinary practice across the domains of child development, health, equality, urban development, and change practices for whole community prevention and early intervention.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Welcome from Lord Mayor Cork City, Cllr. Des Cahill
  • Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D.
  • Dr. Aisling Gillen, National Policy Development Manager Family Support & National Programme Manager for Development & Mainstreaming Programme for Prevention, Partnership & Family Support (PP&FS), TUSLA Child and Family Support Agency
  • Ms. Catherine Maguire, Senior Clinical Psychologist , Infant Mental Health Specialist, Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme
  • Mr. Dave Cashman, Principal, Sundays Well Boys National School
  • Ms. Anne Horgan, Manager, HSE Cork North Speech and Language Department
  • Ms. Cathy O’ Sullivan, Centre of Midwifery Education, Cork University Maternity Hospital
  • Ms. Jenna Russell, Project Leader, Barnardos Brighter Futures Centre
  • Ms. Katherine Harford, Programme Manager, Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme
  • Professor Anthony Staines, Chair of Health Systems, School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University
  • Professor Hugh Frazer, Adjunct Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University; Coordinator of the European Social Policy Network.


Click here for further details and to register for a place.

I-AIMH Committee Members speaking on Dublin City FM

I-AIMH Committee Members Ella Lovett and Mary Fanning were recent guests on Malie Coyne’s radio show “Mental Health Laid Bare” on Dublin City FM (103.2 FM and Internet Streaming). Both Ella and Mary were delighted to have the opportunity to share their knowledge and passion for Infant Mental Health with Malie and the listening audience and to ‘spread the word’ about the importance of ‘good beginnings’.

Listen back to the 13th September episode here

WAIMH Publishes Position Paper on the Rights of the Infant

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”

For further detail please click here 

Twitter Updates

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2 Day IMH Masterclass April 22nd- 23rd Cork

Keeping the Baby in Mind: 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)

Learning Objectives:

  • 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 Practice Supervision



  • 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.


Book your place by completing and returning the following form:


Masterclass Announcement

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.