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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.

Contact Us today.

 

WHAT IS INFANT MENTAL HEALTH?

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.

 

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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

  • February 10th, 2022. Monthly Meeting: “Webinar Discussion – Lessons Learned Through Newborn Behavioral Observations with Dr. Jayne Singer”
  • Our next meeting will be on Thursday, February 10th from 5:15pm – 6:45pm to watch a pre-recorded webinar presented by Dr. Jayne Singer called Integrity and Integration in Infant Mental Health: Lessons Learned Through Newborn Behavioural Observations. Dr. Singer does a beautiful job of walking us through the process of observing a baby’s behaviour and opening us up to reflecting on the caregiver’s/family’s perspective, and then bridging the connection between the observation, the family’s response, and how that creates the bonding and attachment. The webinar is courtesy of Newborn Behavior International. It will last approximately 1hr which will leave us about 30 minutes to have a follow-up discussion. 


    Dr. Jayne Singer is based in Boston Children’s Hospital. she provides evaluation and treatment for families and children from birth through childhood with medical, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and familial challenges including trauma. She is President of the Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an International Facilitator of the Brazelton Touchpoints Approach and the Newborn Behavioral Observations system.

    Date: Thursday, February 10th 5:15pm – 6:45 via Zoom.

    For Zoom link, please email: aris@develop.bc.ca

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