Infant Mental Health Network Group
Infant Mental Health Group
Infant Mental Health (IMH) refers to the developing capacity from birth (incorporating pre-birth) to three years to experience, regulate and express emotions; to form close relationships; and to explore the environment and learn, all in the context of family, community and cultural expectations for young children. It is about making every contact count in antenatal, intranatal, postnatal and neonatal care (National Maternity Strategy, 2016). In relation to making every contact count in our maternity service our aim is to ensure that the concepts of IMH are incorporated into antenatal, intranatal, postnatal and neonatal care.
We had a 2 day Masterclass on Infant Mental Health (IMH) in CUMH on 2nd and 3rd May, 2017. This was very well attended.
Following on from the 2 day Masterclass an Infant Mental Health Network Group was set up which meets every six weeks in CUMH. The purpose of this group is to develop a common language of Infant Mental health into our service. Participating in an IMH Network group educates practitioners on the principles of IMH and encourages them to incorporate these into their professional practice and so support children’s earliest development to get their lives off to the best possible start.
Our next 2 day IMH Masterclass is on the 2nd and 3rd October.
These Masterclasses are facilitated by Catherine Maguire, IMH Specialist – IMH-E® Young Knocknaheeny and Mairéad Carolan: Senior Clinical Psychologist, HSE
Visit http://youngknocknaheeny.ie/ for further information.