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Here are some upcoming collaborative training opportunities in infant mental health. The monthly WCAIMH meetings the fourth Thursday of the month, 5:00pm to 6:30 pm, and are held at:


BC Children’s and Women’s Health Centre

Ambulatory Care Building #44, Room K0-156
Enter from north, 28th Ave
1 floor down from main entrance near Starbucks
Some street parking available on Heather and 28th
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WCAIMH AGM and Salad Party!

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Please join us to elect our new executive and enjoy each other’s company while we plan for next year’s exciting events. If you are interested in helping out (even an hour or two a month are well appreciated) or if you have some ideas of how to make the 2018/19 year the best ever, please join us!...

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Past Events – WCAIMH Talk: March 22, 2018 – Film: “A Two Year Old Goes to Hospital”

Posted by on February 28, 2018 in Upcoming Events | 0 comments

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: April 26, 2018 – Parental Awareness of Pediatric Screen Time Recommendations and Screen Time Use in Children less than Two Years of Age

Posted by on January 26, 2018 in Upcoming Events | 0 comments

SPEAKER: Annie Lau is the recipient of the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia, Award of Excellence in Public Health Nursing Practice.  She has extensive years of working with families with children of the early years. Currently, she is the health resource nurse at BC Children’s Hospital. SUMMARY: Ms. Lau will present her research with Vancouver Coastal Health on the use of media screens in children under two years of age. She presented her work at the recent 2018 Early Years Conference in Vancouver, BC.

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Past Events – WCAIMH Talk: October 26, 2017 – The Rights of the Infant

Posted by on October 15, 2017 in Upcoming Events | 0 comments

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...

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Past Events – WCAIMH Talk: September 19, 2017 – Outcomes of Children Born Very Prematurely: How Can We Help?

Posted by on June 22, 2017 in Upcoming Events | 0 comments

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS A TUESDAY AND NOT OUR REGULAR THURSDAY MEETING SPEAKER: Dr. Julie Petrie is a Developmental Clinical Consultant in the Psychology Department at BC’s Children’s & Women’s Hospitals. In the Neonatal Follow-up Program, she provides psychological assessment and consultation to families of ‘high-risk’ children recruited at birth from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Julie also participates in research follow-up studies. She is particularly interested in the early detection of markers of brain integrity. In children born very prematurely, she has found infant focused attention is related to developing cognition and executive functions. Julie is also interested in how parent stress and parent-child interactions affect children’s neuro-development. TOPIC: > Julie will present an overview of the common cognitive, learning and behavioural outcomes of children born very prematurely. She will provide an overview of the brain mechanisms as well as the behavioral and physical developments that underlie these outcomes. This will be followed by a group discussion about the potential for parent-child factors and early interventions to change the developmental trajectories of these...

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Past Events – WCAIMH Talk: June 22, 2017 – The importance of Early Childhood Education on mental health of young children

Posted by on June 22, 2017 in Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Speaker: Emily Mlieczko is a certified Early Childhood Educator and has been in the field for over 20 years with certification in both Special Needs and First Nations Perspectives in Early Childhood Settings. Throughout her career she has been engaged at the community and provincial level in a number of different projects and events highlighting the specialty of the ECE sector. Topic: The importance of Early Childhood Education on mental health of young children. In this presentation, Emily will outline the role of the Early Childhood Educators of BC and Early Childhood Educators in promoting mental health and wellness in young children and their...

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Past Events – WCAIMH Talk: April 27, 2017 – Parenting with a Disability and Young Children’s Mental Health

Posted by on February 20, 2017 in Upcoming Events | 0 comments

SPEAKERS: Karen Hodge, MSW, RCSW, Social Worker at Sunny Hill Health Centre and founding member of the Spinal Cord Injury Perinatal Interest Group, and Melanie Basso RN, BSN, MSN, PNC(C), Senior Practice Leader-Perinatal for BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre and co-founding member of the Spinal Cord Injury Perinatal Interest Group PRESENTATION: Karen Hodge is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and is currently a paediatric social worker at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. At the age of 15, Karen sustained a spinal cord injury but despite the challenges she faced, Karen didn’t let her injury stop her from achieving her goals. Karen is a passionate advocate for spinal cord injury care, an active volunteer in her community and the mother of two young children. Karen is also a founding member of the Perinatal Interest Group – a diverse committee working to increase dialogue and awareness between health care providers and women with spinal cord injury with an interest in reproductive health. Melanie is the Senior Practice Leader-Perinatal for BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. In her advanced practice nursing role, she is involved in evidence-based practice from all domains of practice- clinical, research, administration and...

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International Attachment Conference – June 29 to July 1, 2017: London, UK

Posted by on February 1, 2017 in Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Putting attachment theory to work: From basic science to clinical application. IAC Registration

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Adult Attachment Institute in Vancouver – July 10 to 21, 2017

Posted by on January 25, 2017 in Upcoming Events | 0 comments

This is your opportunity to learn to administer the Adult Attachment Interview!. AAI Institutes are offered several times a year in various world-wide locations for participants who wish to learn to classify transcripts of the Adult Attachment Interview. Current certified trainers and the upcoming Institutes they are offering are posted as they become available on the website ‘’. The AAI Institute in Vancouver will be co-facilitated by two certified AAI trainers, Dr. Naomi Gribneau Bahm (Berkeley, CA) and Dr. Sonya Vellet (Vancouver, BC). AAI Institute General Info_Vancouver_July_2017_Feb16_2017...

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Past events – WCAIMH Talk: February 23, 2017 – Working with Refugee Families

Posted by on January 18, 2017 in Upcoming Events | 0 comments

PRESENTATION: The complexities of working with refugee families in Canada: understanding the difficult life experiences of refugee parents and their young children with a focus on understanding the impact on parenting and children’s mental health.   Paula and Aline will explore questions of central interest to those seeking to understand the impact of refugee experiences on parents and their young children and allow time for a meaningful discussion about these important questions. For example, what does parenting look like in other cultures? What does “keeping your child safe” mean to you? What does it mean for someone who has experienced the catastrophe of war, flood, or famine to find safety for their children? How does generational camp life affect parenting? What does it mean if you are illiterate in your own language? What does it mean if you have no control over your reproductive health? How has the Syrian crisis changed our community….why is it different from other refugee experiences? What kinds of supports and interventions help such parents and young children? What does not help?   SPEAKERS: Paula Church is the Program Manager of the First Steps Early Years Refugee Settlement and Coordinator of the Newton Early Years Centre Program in Surrey BC., affiliated with the Provincial Office of the Early Years. Her formal training is in Early Childhood Education, but she has expanded her knowledge and experience with an extensive work history serving young children and parents/families. She has twenty-two years front-line work experience at one largest service agencies in the province, and within the fastest growing cities of the province (e.g., Surrey). She spent 14 years working for a young parent program connecting teen mothers and their infant children, followed by working one-to-one in an outreach capacity to families with children 0-6 YO. She has delivered multiple parenting groups including Nobody’s Perfect Parenting and Systematic Effective Parent Training and coordinated a family resource program in Cloverdale.   Aline Mananda is an Early Childhood settlement worker for First Steps and works for another program within same organization (Options) that helps support families in need in Surrey area as an outreach worker. She is originally from Rwanda (Africa) and came to Canada as a refugee herself. She has worked in the past for UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in her home country. In that role she had the opportunity to work with refugees who were returning home after the Rwandan genocide and also new refugees fleeing from neighboring countries due to war and unrest in their country of origin. She is an Early Childhood Educator by training and worked as a preschool teacher at one of the largest French schools in Surrey for many years. She has an extensive background of providing care in various daycares and preschools including a Family Daycare she started/owned herself. The latter experience really gave her an opportunity to engage with families in the community and find out firsthand what their needs were. She has a passion for children and families and feels privileged to be able to give back and help refugee families settle and raise their families in...

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