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!

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”

Posted by on March 4, 2022 in Upcoming Events | Comments Off on 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”

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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

Posted by on January 11, 2022 in Upcoming Events | Comments Off on 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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November 18th, 2021 Monthly Meeting: “Sleep Challenges in Children in the Context of Mental Health” with Sarah Fenrich

Posted by on November 15, 2021 in Upcoming Events | Comments Off on November 18th, 2021 Monthly Meeting: “Sleep Challenges in Children in the Context of Mental Health” with Sarah Fenrich

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!

Posted by on September 3, 2021 in Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Sept 7, 2021. Lunch & Learn!

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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Sept 9th, 2021. Monthly Meeting: “ADHD Q&A” with Dr. Janet Mah

Posted by on September 3, 2021 in Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Sept 9th, 2021. Monthly Meeting: “ADHD Q&A” with Dr. Janet Mah

Join us for our regular monthly meeting where Dr. Janet Mah, registered psychologist in the Infant Psychiatry Clinic of BC Children’s Hospital, will be joining us to engage in a discussion regarding ADHD. Dr. Janet Mah has expertise in evidence-based cognitive and behavioural interventions, and is engaged in clinical service and research on parenting approaches for attentional and behavioural difficulties in children. She is also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia. We are very excited to welcome her back! We encourage everyone to check out the Compass series (especially part 1 and 3) beforehand, these ADHD webinar recordings are now available on the Compass website on the resources page: https://compassbc.ca/resources Please complete this form in advance for any specific questions that you hope can be addressed at the WCAIMH talk: https://forms.gle/gvPzE2wu3kgizndq7 Date: Thursday, September 9th 5:15 – 6:45pm via Zoom. For Zoom link, please email: aris@develop.bc.ca You don’t want to miss this opportunity of learning and connecting with Dr. Mah and other WCAIMH...

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April 26, 2021. Knowledge Exchange.

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In collaboration with Knowledge Excange, WCAIMH will switch our monthly meeting to accommodate the event. This time the topic is around sleep, presented by Dr Ipsiroglu. More information to come. Stay tuned….

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March 18, 2021. Monthly meeting via Zoom

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We are happy that Tamara Olson accepted our invitation to speak about the Nurse Family Partnership program in Vancouver. Here is a little introduction that Tamara says about herself: I graduated from UBC Nursing in 1992. I first worked in pediatrics, and have been working in public health since 1995. I am a past president of the Community Health Nurses of BC. I’ve specialized in Early Childhood and Children and Youth as well as in generalist roles as a public health nurse. In 2014, I joined the Nurse Family Partnership program and I am passionate about advocating for socio-economically disadvantaged families in Vancouver. I enjoy reading historical fiction, spending time with my husband and two children, as well as hiking with our golden mountain...

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