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Infant Mental Health – understanding of attachment in practice. Julie Watson – Scottish Institute of Human Relations [email protected] www.sihr.org.uk. Aims of SIHR Infant Mental Health Programmes:.

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infant mental health understanding of attachment in practice

Infant Mental Health – understanding of attachment in practice

Julie Watson – Scottish Institute of Human Relations

[email protected]

www.sihr.org.uk

aims of sihr infant mental health programmes
Aims of SIHR Infant Mental Health Programmes:
  • Incorporating infant mental health – a framework for thinking about effective ways of working with parent-child relationships
  • Infancy is a crucial time for developing security, attachments and trust
  • Influences in very early life for future children’s mental health and wellbeing
infant mental health in practice
Infant mental health – in practice
  • Evidence shows that the first year is a critical period in terms of cognitive development emotional adjustment; the quality of attachments heavily determines subsequent achievement
infant mental health the way forward
Infant mental health – the way forward
  • “Training” of all staff likely to meet new families and play a role in the care of them and their babies, young children - will reinforce a coherent approach across Health, Education, Social work and Early years practitioners
  • In partnership, supporting infrastructure development and use which enables flexible working practices
infant mental health in early intervention context
Infant mental health in early interventioncontext -
  • About building parenting and family capacity before and after birth

(biggest gains in improved outcomes and reduced inequality will come from supporting parents)

  • Developing a sustainable, confident and competent children’s sector workforce
infant mental health in practice1
Infant mental health – in practice

Understanding of healthy optimum child development

Intensive therapeutic work to impact upon & secure better outcomes

assessing situations and applying practical solutions

Assessing situations and applying practical solutions

Role of SIHR Infant Mental Health programmes

infant mental health our ethos
INFANT MENTAL HEALTH – our ethos
  • THE EARLY PARENT-INFANT RELATIONSHIP IS CRITICAL TO OPTIMUM CHILD DEVELOPMENT BOTH WITHIN THE FAMILY AND IN SOCIETY
why infant mental health matters
WHY INFANT MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
  • RESEARCH & EVIDENCE BASE
  • POLICY & STRATEGIC LEAD
  • ECONOMIC CASE
improving knowledge around infant mental health
IMPROVING KNOWLEDGE AROUND INFANT MENTAL HEALTH
  • Background to the SIHR & Scottish Gov. IMH project development
  • Child welfare and protection agenda
sihr infant mental health project 2006 2009
SIHR - INFANT MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT (2006-2009)
  • PHASE 1 - Scoping & Research
  • PHASE 2 – training & support
  • PHASE 3 – delivery & evaluation
  • Sustainability –roll out of programmes from 2010
sihr imh project programmes now on offer
SIHR IMH project – programmes now on offer
  • Effective delivery across Scotland & NI (CPD)
  • 4 day -“Observing Infants” & assessment skills
  • 3 Day Impact of Adult Mental Illness on Parenting Capacity
  • 3 day - “the act of supervising practitioners using observation in childcare assessments
  • 1 day- workshop: sharing of “what works” & working effectively with parent-child relationships
evaluation
Evaluation
  • Each pilot - individual evaluation
  • Participants feedback; impact on self/organisation
  • Follow up: how taken into/change/influence practice
  • Sustainability – range of programmes on offer
  • Commissioned in house training
sihr scottish institute human relations

SIHR(Scottish Institute Human Relations)

INFANT MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT

[email protected]

For IMH learning & development programmes

www.sihr.org.uk

SIHR, 172 Leith Walk

Tel. 0131 454 3240

Fax 0131 454 3241

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