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Welcome to WCAIMH!

We are glad you have found us!


WCAIMH meets regularly to share information, resources and connect with each other to promote optimal practices in infant mental health. Here, you can find information for parents and professionals, as well as our monthly events.

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In infancy and early childhood, nurturing family relationships provide the foundation for social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. The resulting positive infant mental health is key to long term relationships and mental health. Early positive relationships can lead to resilience in the face of life’s challenges.


Happy Mixed Race Ethnic Family Having Fun Playing In The Park.


WCAIMH promotes:

  • The idea that infancy is a sensitive period in development
  • Increased knowledge about development in children from conception to five years of age
  • The dissemination of evidence-based and experience-based knowledge to support parents in healthy caregiving and providing nurturing environments for children
  • The cooperation and collaboration of professionals concerned with promoting optimal development of infants and young children

Upcoming Events

  • WCAIMH Talk: November 23, 2017 – Film: “A Two Year Old Goes to Hospital”
  • SPEAKER: Dr. Nicole Sonya Vellet, Ph.D., R. Psych., Vellet & Associates Child Psychological Services

    TOPIC: Dr. Vellet will screen the classic James Robertson Film “A Two Year Old Goes to Hospital” about the suffering of a little girl separated from her mother, and talk about its significance for infant mental health. The session will focus on role of images and video footage in the history of the field of attachment (e.g., video footage by Rene Spitz of children in orphanages and John Roberston’s film of a child separated from her parents when she was hospitalized) and the clinical power of video feedback in attachment-based interventions.


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  • Past Events – WCAIMH Talk: October 26, 2017 – The Rights of the Infant
  • CHANGE IN MEETING ROOM – Go to room K1-156 on the first floor Ambulatory Care Building at BC Children’s hosptial

    SPEAKER: Dr. Ziba Vaghri – University of Victoria Director of Global Child Program & School of Public Health and Social Policy Assistant Professor .
    Co-Chair and Secretariat of the Global Reference Group on Accountability to Children: a global network working under the auspices of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child . Recipient of the 2014 Scholar Award of Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

    TOPIC: The rights of the infant in global society.

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