Tipperary Infant Mental Health National Symposium

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Tipperary IMH National Symposium - "Building an Infant Mental Health Community: Learning to Listen to Babies, Parents and Ourselves"

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The Symposium will focus on the perinatal period as the optimum time for prevention and early intervention with infants and their parents and families.

The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Kevin Nugent, Founder and Director of the Brazelton Institute at the Boston Children's Hospital ; Emeritus Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Lecturer at Harvard Medical School; Author of many books about infancy, child development and parenting; Author of the Newborn Behavioural Observations and Co-Author of the Neonatal Behavioural Assessment with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton. A native of Mulligar, Dr. Nugent was a co-investigator with Professor Sheila Greene on the longitudinal research on child development in Ireland "Growing Up in Ireland". He addressed the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children at Leinster House in November 2015.

Other speakers include:

  • Dr. Deanna Gibbs is Research Consultant for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals, Co-Director of Children's Research at the Barts Health NHS Trust in London. Deanna, an Occupational Therapist, has worked predominantly in acute paediatric and neonatal settings in Australia, Ireland and the UK. She is a Senior Trainer at the Brazelton Centre, UK, a certified Neonatal Therapist and is certified in Neonatal Touch and Massage.
  • Emily Hills is a Clinical Neonatal Occupational Therapist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust where she leads on developmental care, neurobehavioural, neurodevelopmental and sensory attachment and interventions, including follow-up after discharge. Emily is a certified Neonatal Therapist and she has holds a MSc in Advanced Neonatal Studies. She is NIDCAP certified and is responsible for organising and lecturing on The Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE) programme in the UK. She is a Senior Brazelton Trainer and an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration. She is co-author of Sensory Babies, a three-day educational programme for all healthcare and early educator providers.
  • Rosarii O'Donnell-Connorton, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Infant Mental Health Specialist IMH-E(III) with the HSE in Clonmel and Trainer with I-AIMH and Naomi Burke, Manager of the Clonmel Community Resource Centre which oversees the IMH Project in Tipperary . Both Founder Members of the Tipperary Infant Mental Health Steering Group and Facilitators of Reflective Practice Network Groups.
  • Catherine Maguire, Clinical Psychologist and Infant Mental Health Specialist and Mentor and Trainer with I-AIMH and Katherine Harford, Programme Manager at Young Knocknaheeny in Cork city.
  • Mary Fanning, Speech and Language and Marte Meo Therapist, and Hazel Murphy, Psychotherapist and Community Health Practitioner, both Infant Mental Health Co-ordinators at Young Ballymun and Trainers with I-AIMH.

The Symposium will explore the significance of the infant's social and emotional development centered around the development of their attachment relationships and the critical, massive brain development that takes place in the first three years of life.

It will illustrate ways of supporting parents' transition to parenthood following the admission of their preterm/vulnerable newborn to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and consider the sensory processing needs of these babies and the long-term impact of same.

It will present models of early intervention and prevention such as the Pre-Birth to Three Home Visiting programme run by Young Knocknaheeny ; tools and approaches to support the transition to parenthood such as the Newborn Behavioural Observations; and key elements of IMH practice such as reflective practice networks and supervision to ensure environments of continuous learning.

It will consider challenges and practice and change management processes involved in capacity building and in building an infant mental health-informed community of infants, parents and practitioners .

The Tipperary Infant Mental Health Steering Group is made up of representatives from the Psychology Department in the HSE in Clonmel, Tusla, Clonmel Community Resource Centre, Cuan Saor Domestic Violence Service, Clonmel Community Mothers Programme and Barnardos.

The Tipperary Infant Mental Health Project is funded by the Tony Ryan Fund for Tipperary through the Community Foundation for Ireland, the Quality Capacity Building Initiative (DCYA) and the National Lottery.

Kevin Nugent, Ph.D., Keynote Speaker

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