Events

Want to learn more? Join us at any of our regular monthly events!

       

The monthly WCAIMH meetings take place on the second Thursday of the month, 5:15pm to 6:45pm.

   

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are meeting via Zoom. Please email to info@wcaimh.org to be recruited to our invitees list.

      

Scroll down to find upcoming events you can attend!

January 12th, 2023. “Monthly Meeting: Community-Based Pregnancy Outreach with Heather Cameron”

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We hope you have all rung in the new year feeling hopeful and looking forward to all the new adventures 2023 will bring! Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 12th from 5:15-6:45 via Zoom. We are very excited to welcome Heather Cameron, Executive Director at BC Association of Pregnancy Outreach Programs. Heather, is a Registered Nurse with a Perinatal Specialty Certificate who has been working with pregnant people in a variety of settings since 2005.  Her experience includes creating grass-roots programs, public speaking, and spearheading community events. As a Registered Nurse, Heather has worked in multiple settings including withdrawal management, labour & delivery, and maternity.  Heather has a proven track record of being able to bring communities together with her experience organizing conferences, creating grass-roots programs and influencing system changes at the local level.  Two projects that Heather is most proud of included a peer-based recovery support group for birth parents affected by substance use and “Health Pregnancy Care Meetings” that supported perinatal people as early as possible in their pregnancy to overcome identified barriers prior to delivery.  Heather may be most well-known for her delivery of workshops on Supporting Birth Parents and Families Who Use Substances, presented through multiple conferences in BC, Alberta and featured in the World Harm Reduction Conference in England.  Her volunteer involvement on a variety of committees including Make Children First, Perinatal Connections, Raise-a Reader, and S.W.A.T. (Sex Workers Accessing Treatment) has influenced Heather’s knowledge base and ability to create impactful change within communities.  Heather’s experience, passion and credentials all contribute to her drive to support BC Association of Pregnancy Outreach Programs as Executive Director. We are looking forward to the wealth of knowledge, experience and perspective she will bring to our conversation next Thursday! If you have any questions, or if you’re an active member and would like a link to the Zoom meeting, please contact...

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November 10th, 2022. “Promoting Social Emotional Development in the Early Years” with Dr. Angela Low

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Happy Fall Members and Friends! We would like to remind you of our upcoming meeting on Thursday, November 10th, starting at 5:15pm – 6:45pm. We are so happy to welcome Dr. Angela Low, Provincial Lead for Early Years Health and Wellness at Child Health BC, who is overseeing the development and implementation of Feelings First, a provincial program to promote social and emotional development in the early years. She also works alongside other health promotion programs for young children. Angela will speak to upcoming opportunities to get involved in this project, talk about a few resources she can offer you that may be of interest to you. She will allow time for Q&A. Angela is also an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include emotional processes behind learning (particularly the discrete emotions of shame and guilt) and social and emotional development in children and parents. If you are a current member, you should receive an email with a Zoom link early next week. Please contact aris@develop.bc.ca for any inquiries. Looking forward to learning together! *UPDATE – this meeting has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. As we traditionally break in December, we look forward to our next regular meeting in the New...

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October 13th, 2022. “All things Jordan’s Principle” with Simone Starr

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 For our October meeting, we will have WCAIMH executive committee member, Simone Starr (OT), discuss Jordan’s Principle (what is it, how to access it, etc). We are looking forward to diving into this conversation with everyone! Here are the meeting details: Topic: October 2022 WCAIMH Meeting: Simone Starr (OT) presents on Jordan’s Principle Time: Oct 13, 2022 05:15 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) For the Zoom link, please contact Amy Ris at aris@develop.bc.ca.

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

Posted by on August 26, 2022 in Upcoming Events | Comments Off on 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”

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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”

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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

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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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November 18th, 2021 Monthly Meeting: “Sleep Challenges in Children in the Context of Mental Health” with Sarah Fenrich

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We are excited to welcome occupational therapist and sleep coach Sarah Fenrich to provide us with a presentation on “Sleep Challenges in Children in the Context of Mental Health”. Sarah is an occupational therapist and sleep coach. She has supported hundreds of children and their families in the past 14 years, working in Germany, Austria, USA, Mexico, and Canada. Sarah pairs her extensive knowledge and expertise as an occupational therapist with a holistic, gentle, and attachment-based approach as a sleep coach to improve her client’s sleep, their overall mental health and their ability to function thus enhancing their quality of life. She provides in-person and virtual support to children and their families in Metro Vancouver and internationally as a sleep coach at “Holistic Sleep Solutions” and in her mobile OT clinic “Real Life Kids OT”. Sarah regularly offers educational webinars related to sleep and child development for parents and professionals. Her presentation will cover topics such as the biology of sleep, sleep needs in children, an overview of common sleep challenges, factors that impact sleep, practical strategies on how to optimize sleep, and a better understanding of disabilities associated with sleep problems. The presentation will last approximately an hour so there will be time for Q&A at the end. Date: Thursday, November 18th 5:15pm – 6:45 via Zoom. For Zoom link, please email:...

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Oct 14th, 2021. Monthly Meeting: “Resources & Case Studies – High Conflict Divorce & Separation”

Posted by on October 6, 2021 in Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Oct 14th, 2021. Monthly Meeting: “Resources & Case Studies – High Conflict Divorce & Separation”

Join us on Thursday, October 14th at 5:15 – 6:45pm for our monthly WCAIMH meeting. We will dive into a variety of resources and research focused on supporting young children in families of high conflict divorce or separation situations, along with time spent for discussing our own case files/scenarios as a group. Topic: WCAIMH October Meeting: Resources & Case Studies – High Conflict Divorce & Separation Time: Oct 14, 2021 05:15 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Please email aris@develop.bc.ca for Zoom...

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Sept 7, 2021. Lunch & Learn!

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We will be returning to our regular monthly “Lunch & Learn” meetings where we spend an hour discussing journals recently published in the Infant Mental Health Journal. Our next meeting is: Tuesday, September 7, 2021 from 12pm-1pm. We will be discussing the following articles (including a description of the article, results from the research, and implications for practice in our various fields): 1.       Infant mental health home visiting therapists’ reflective supervision self-efficacy in community practice settings 2.       Family functioning and involvement in home visiting: Examining program characteristics as moderators to support retention in services All meetings are via Zoom. For Zoom link and links to the articles, please email: aris@develop.bc.ca Come ready to learn and discuss...

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