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The London region
Infant Mental Health Hub

The London Region AiMH Hub was launched in June 2018 with a presentation by Julianne Boutaleb on Birth Trauma. So far we have held 3 annual events with speakers (Jenifer Wakelyn on ‘Watch me Play in 2019) each presentation followed by informal networking over tea. Our 2020 event was of necessity our first online meeting. After a presentation by Dana Shai and Rose Spencer on Parental Embodied Mentalising members were able to spend some time reflecting on the impact of Covid-19 on their work. We look forward to seeing you at future events, and your participation in the development of the Hub.

The AiMH UK Infant Mental Health Hubs enable members to connect across professions and levels within geographical areas, to help to develop and co-ordinate our thinking and practice around Infant Mental Health issues in our work. If you would like something posted here, contact your Hub leads on the Hub Discussion Forum (big blue link below).

AIMH hub lead Sara Rance

Sara Rance

AiMH Clinical Lead & Trustee. Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, specialising in Parent Infant Psychotherapy. After 24 years in NHS CAMHS Sara now works in independent practice. Clinical supervisor and teacher for ITSIEY and the Anna Freud NCCF Psychoanalytic PIP training.

Gwen Kirkwood 

Psychoanalytic Parent-Infant Psychotherapist working in a perinatal and early years service which she set up within a Specialist CAMHS clinic in East London. NHS Trust Perinatal Champion. Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Supervisor.

Julianne Boutaleb

Consultant Perinatal Psychologist and Clinical Director of the Parenthood in Mind practice, a specialist psychological services for parents, parents-to-be and their babies.

Discussion forum

Share insight, explore issues, and ask other professionals for their experience and expertise in the Hub discussion forum.

Posts from the London region Infant Mental Health hub

News and events below.

‘Babies & Young Children under Lockdown: Attunement and Adaptation’

AiMH London Region Hub online Event 

Friday March 5th 2021 -12.30-3.00pm

The first part of this event, presentations by our two speakers, Monika Celebi and Debbie Brace, is open to AiMH members. Non-members may also book to attend the presentations. The last part of the event from 2 – 3pm is for AiMH London Hub members.

All bookings should be made through Eventbrite link:   https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/138309614781

Programme:

12.30 -12.35 -Welcome and Introductions – Sara Rance  London Hub Lead, AiMH Trustee   

12.35 – 1.30 – Monika Celebi, National VIG supervisor and trainer, parent infant psychotherapist and movement therapist with over 30 years of clinical experience will speak about her online VIG work with infants and parents .

1.30-2.00 – Debbie Brace, AiMH UK London Hub member, early language and behaviour consultant, qualified teacher and early years trainer will speak about supporting Early Years practitioners during the Covid-19 pandemic.

2.00 – 2.10 -Refreshment/Comfort Break

2.10-3.00 London Hub members networking meeting

Welcome to the London Hub

The London Hub welcomes you to AiMH UK. What we can post and share together in this space will help us more broadly understand the wide range of work happening, and the many different organisations or individuals working with babies and their families. Let’s join up our thinking and our work where we can! We look forward to hearing from you on the London Hub Forum.

Watch Infant Sleep Lecture and read Dilys Daws’ new book on Infant Sleep Problems

Dilys Daws with Sarah Sutton’s ‘Parent Infant Psychotherapy for Sleep Problems’ (Routledge 2020) is a wonderful addition to the literature on the subject of infant sleep. This book includes infancy research, a psychoanalytic perspective on infant sleep problems and case studies.

A lecture on ‘What is Normal Infant Sleep? A view from Anthropology’ was given on 11th Nov 2020 by Professor Helen Ball of the Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre and it is still accessible on YouTube, together with the Q & A.

You can find everything we do on our website, the Baby Sleep info Source  where we have resources for parents and healthcare professionals, including downloadable information sheets and an infantsleep app. You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.