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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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