September 8th, 2022. “Monthly Meeting: Introduction to WCAIMH, Meet-and-Greet, and Topic Discussion”

Hello to our members and friends! It has been a few months since we’ve updated our posts on here due to some technical issues. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. The kinks are now ironed out! If you are an active member, you should be receiving email updates from us. If not, please email aris@develop.bc.ca. Below is an announcement of our next meeting and some updates since our last post in March. We hope you have had a wonderful summer. I’m pleased to share a reminder of our upcoming meeting in September. To kick off the “new year” of meetings, we will start in September with a Meet-and-Greet with members along with an introduction to WCAIMH, and with getting feedback about some of the topics we want to explore together as a community this fall and new year, along with who in our community can share the knowledge that they have with us as a group! I am so looking forward to connecting with you all again. Our first meeting back will be, Thursday, September 8th from 5:15 – 6:45pm. Please email aris@develop.bc.ca for the Zoom link. Looking forward to reconnecting with everyone! Updates since March: At our March meeting, we discussed how we could best support the children and families affected by the war in Ukraine. It was collectively decided to donate $400 of WCAIMH’s funds to Save The Children Canada, directly supporting children in Ukraine, including providing: winter kits of warm clothing and blankets, cash transfers and voucher assistance to purchase food, medicine and other essentials, counseling support and child-friendly spaces, water, sanitation and hygiene programs, access to primary healthcare, and education. We took a ‘pause’ in April for member meetings, with the executive team focusing energy on planning an outdoor social/networking event for members in May. The social was such a blast! As a member, you can look forward to more social events with other like-minded professionals in the months to come. Our 2021/2022 year came to a close with a final Lunch & Learn, and our AGM in June. Our new 2022/2023 executive team for the new 2022/2023 year was chosen, and topics for the upcoming year were discussed. It was a wonderful way to end the year. We look forward to reconnecting with you...

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March 10th, 2022. Monthly Meeting: “Webinar Discussion – Considering the Impact of War on Infants and Young children & What can we do”

We would like to invite you to our next meeting on Thursday, March 10th at 5:15pm-6:45pm via Zoom to dialogue about the current situation in Ukraine – to consider the impact of war on infants and young children, and to hold space for us as professionals in the field of Infant Mental Health and the emotions we may be experiencing. We also want to explore what we may be able to do as an agency and whether we want to donate to support the families and children in Ukraine with some of our association funds.  The following is a statement written by WAIMH (World Association for Infant Mental Health) that you may want to read before our meeting (not mandatory). https://perspectives.waimh.org/2022/03/01/infants-and-war-statement/ Please email aris@develop.bc.ca for the Zoom link. We look forward to gathering next week and having this...

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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...

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January 18th, 2022 Monthly Meeting: “Supporting Gender Diverse Children” with Kendall McSweeney and Robyn Lalani from the BC Children’s Gender Clinic

This January we will be receiving a talk from the BCCH Gender Clinic. Our presenters will be  Kendall McSweeney (she, her, hers) MSW, RSW and Robyn Lalani (she, her, hers) MSW, RSW. The Gender Clinic is a youth-focused and family-centered clinic housed under Endocrinology at BC Children’s Hospital.  Through their roles as clinic social workers, Kendall and Robyn support gender-diverse children, youth, and their families in navigating both community and medical resources. In this talk, Kendall and Robyn will share their experiences working with gender-diverse children, youth, and families. They will speak to supporting youth in their gender exploration and transition, on how to create an environment that contributes to youth feeling affirmed, and provide more information about the Gender Clinic at BCCH.The meeting will be held on Tuesday January 18th, 10:30-12pm. We acknowledge that this meeting is being held at a different time than usual due to scheduling challenges. We really hope that you are able to attend. And fortunately, for those who cannot, we have received the OK to record the session so it will become available to view later on our website. For meeting link, please email: aris@develop.bc.ca.We thank Kendall and Robyn who will be our presenters and they have passed on some videos that you have the option to watch as a good introduction to gender that can lead up to the...

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