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Conversations about Infant Mental Health

Conversations between professionals about infant mental health: either recorded, videoed or simply reported.

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Agents of Hope: The role that Educational Psychology can play in promoting early child development and well-being

A Podcast by Dr Tim Cox, Educational Psychologist.

Many different practitioners play a vital role in supporting early child development and well-being during the Early Years.

In the two podcasts listed below, Tim interviews two Educational Psychologists from Wales to explore how they are supporting parents and children during this critical period.

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Dr. Allan Schore: rupture, repair and building resilience

In this interview extract (posted on Psychalive website) Dr. Allan Schore talks about the role that ‘repairing the rupture’ has on developing resilience in young children.

An important message here about rupture and repair contributing to a developing capacity to “tolerate negative affect” – and how ‘perfect’ parental attunement is neither possible nor desirable.

Dr. Allan Schore is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.

(Brief 2 minute extract from the interview. Some comments below.)

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Dr. Dan Siegel: repairing rupture in relationships

In this interview extract (posted on Psychalive website) Dr. Dan Siegel explains how important a secure attachment is when it comes to repairing the rupture in relationships.

“Repairing ruptures is the most essential thing in parenting.. a child will pick up on your intention to do good by them..”

Dr. Siegel is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA.

(Brief 1 minute extract from the interview. Some comments below.)

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ACEs and Attachment Theory

A good conversation in a webinar hosted by Lisa Cherry (Trauma, Resonance, Resilience) with guest Dr Suzanne Zeedyk unpicking some of the difficulties which the ACEs study throws up and how it can divide professional opinion.

The ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experience) study has undoubtedly managed to bring issues about ‘childhood suffering’ to a wider audience, but Zeedyk and Cherry agree (and sometimes disagree) that there is still a struggle to find a common language to help everyone working with children to link attachment theory with the ACEs movement.

Watch the conversation: Lisa Cherry and Suzanne Zeedyk

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Interview with Dilys Daws

Dilys Daws’ contribution to the field of infant mental health and child psychotherapy has been immense.  

Her work has spanned more than five decades, raising awareness of the difficulties experienced by babies and their families and shaping public opinion and government policy.  

Her clinical work has also been remarkable, marking her out as one of the most important child psychotherapists of her generation. 
 
Since 1976, Dilys has been transforming the lives of children and parents in what might be to some an unconventional setting for psychotherapeutic work. In her interview with Jane O’Rourke from MindinMind, she talks about how she has been going to the James Wigg GP Practice, in Kentish Town, London to stand by the weighing scales, observing what takes place as parents bring in their babies to be checked.

Dilys has been inspirational to many practitioners.

Watch the MindinMind interview

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Neglecting Neglect: Why we do it & How we can break the cycle

This 'Thought Piece' from MindInMind comes as a short interview of Graham Music with Jane O’Rourke. Graham delves into the less explored area of early neglect.

He describes the different types of neglect, the neurobiological findings, and the clinical techniques which might be helpful.

Watch Graham’s interview on the Therapeutic Treatment of Neglected Children

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Interview with Gianna Polacco Williams

MindInMind: “Gianna is a Consultant Child Psychotherapist and Psychoanalyst and is one of the most respected and incisive clinicians in child mental health today.

Her paper ‘Doubly Deprived’ (Henry, 1974), written as Gianna Henry, broke new ground. It became an instant classic and is still one of the most quoted papers in child psychotherapy. The significance of this paper cannot be underestimated. It sparked research into psychotherapy with traumatised children, pioneered at the Tavistock Clinic by Mary Boston and others (Boston and Szur, 1990). Before it was published, there was a widely held belief that severely deprived children could not be helped with psychotherapy.”

In this interview with Jane O’Rourke from MindInMind, Gianna talks about Martin, the 14 year-old patient who was the source of her ideas, and why the concepts she wrote about then are as relevant today.

Interview with Juliet Hopkins

Jane O'Rourke from MindinMind talks to Juliet Hopkins about the significant impact she has had on child psychotherapy.

In this interview, "Juliet shares her regret about feeling embarrassed about her uncle being John Bowlby when she was a trainee, and the painful rejection of him by colleagues at the Tavistock Clinic who considered his ideas ‘ridiculous’. 

Juliet says despite John Bowlby's theories being widely embraced by child clinicians throughout the world, he . . .

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