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Infant Mental Health updates

Clinical updates for UK Infant Mental Health professionals from Robin Balbernie.

These updates started at the beginning of the century in Gloucestershire. The Importance of Infancy training course was being delivered by Secure Start, the infant mental health team led by Robin Balbernie. Health visitors, SureStart staff, midwives and social workers, who attended the training, asked to be sent more information on topics related to the early years. Later, others from outside of the county requested to be included in these updates; and so these send-outs have continued ever since, in one form or another.  

Balbernie clinical update
Feb-March 2021

Hi everybody,

I have been looking through the recent activities of a number of charities helping families with children under the age of three. So many have had to shift over the last year to addressing food poverty as a stressor impacting relationships.  I find the need for food banks in our still affluent society shocking; poverty remains a major issueand the level is increasing even faster than before because of the effects of the pandemic. So, here are a few papers demonstrating the direct impact of poverty on children’s development. This is an important subject showing again how infant mental health is a political matter as much as a psychological one. 

This content is for logged-in members of AiMH UK.  If your work is concerned with babies and infants from conception to age three, or with their parents and carers, then join AiMH UK.

Balbernie clinical update
January 2021

Hi everybody

And as happy a new year as is feasible to you all too. It has to get better one day!

As you will have seen AiMH UK is in the process of transforming its website; which reminded me that ‘Infant Mental Health’ is a term that was coined by Selma Fraiberg and her team just about 50 years ago. That in turn led to thoughts of infant-parent psychotherapy. I have a long overview of this which will go on the website soon for members to use. Fraiberg and her team’s seminal paper on ‘Ghosts in the nursery’  is always worth re-reading.

This content is for logged-in members of AiMH UK.  If your work is concerned with babies and infants from conception to age three, or with their parents and carers, then join AiMH UK.