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

For news of upcoming events please see IAIMH’s new Twitter account @IMHIreland !

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.


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.