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Thursday, 19 October 2017
Conferences, News and Events

WCAIMH October 2017 Newsletter


WCAIMH September 2017 Newsletter


WCAIMH August 2017 Newsletter


WCAIMH July 2017 Newsletter


WCAIMH June 2017 Newsletter


WCAIMH May 2017 Newsletter and Notice of Meeting


WCAIMH March 2017 Newsletter and Notice of Meeting


WCAIMH January 2017 Newsletter and Notice of Meeting


WCAIMH November 2016 Newsletter, Notice of Upcoming Meeting and AGM

ACPP Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training

Neuroscience of Birth workshop - Invitation

Neuroscience of Birth workshop - Programme 2017


OCTOBER NEWSLETTER AND NOTICE OF NO MEETING THIS MONTH

Our next meeting will be in NOVEMBER- our AGM on THURSDAY 19 November, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Out-patient Unit of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 46 Sawkins Road, Rondebosch.

After a four year term serving you on the committee, we are all stepping down to allow for new leadership.

We have received some nominations for the post of Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer, but would welcome more. Please nominate candidates, arrange for a fellow (Paid Up) member to second, and send your nominations by email to us urgently. 

Previous Meeting- Nick Davies on the Masculine in Early Paternity– Nick challenged traditional gender stereotypes and defined the masculine paternal function as essential for baby, but did not link the function to being played exclusively by a man. The  Otherness and later separation from Mother are vital to baby’s health and his stance is encouraging in the light of the many children who are raised without fathers, but still need masculine input. Thanks to Nick for travelling to us and clearly introducing us to Otherness.

September Workshop: Alessandra Piontelli’spresentation provided a window into what is hidden and Professor Cora Smith did not disappoint!

For those that chose to commit their time, it was a richly informative, stimulating and entertaining morning. Our thanks to the committee for their dedication in organizing the event.

Jeanine Beukes , Chairperson WCAIMH This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


NOTICE OF MEETING AND WORKSHOP

Our next meeting will be held on THURSDAY 15 September 2016 at 7:30pm at the Out-patient Unit of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 46 Sawkins Road, Rondebosch.

NICK DAVIES- EARLY PATERNITY: Being Male, Masculine and Third

Specially flying down from Johannesburg, Nick, a lecturer at Wits University explores changing paternal functioning.

 


Exciting news! MPhil in Infant Mental Health is now up and ready to go. Please click here for more details.

 


Invitation to attend
WESTERN CAPE ASSOCIATION FOR INFANT MENTAL HEALTH

ETHICS WORKSHOP

Date:    17th September 2016

Time:   08h30 for registration

             Promptly at 09h00–13h00

             (tea and muffins served)

Venue: UCT Lung Institute Conference Centre

              George Street

              Mowbray (Plenty of safe parking)

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:

Alessandra Piontelli, a renowned international speaker based at the University of Milan, will challenge a number of popular notions about foetal life in her engaging voice-over PowerPoint presentation.

Cora Smith,  the Chief Psychologist at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital and who is part of the University of the Witwatersrand, will look at the ethical dilemmas of attachment and custodial rights in baby swop cases.  Her lively case presentation will look at the complex task of balancing what is in the best interest of the children and their respective parents.  This particular case was further complicated by various parental conflicts and custody issues, in addition to parental cultural beliefs.

 


WCAIMH August 2016 Newsletter and Notice of Meeting


WCAIMH Ethics Workshop for SAPC - September 2016

Click here for more information


WCAIMH July 2016 Newsletter and Notice of Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on THURSDAY 21 July, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Out-patient Unit of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 46 Sawkins Road, Rondebosch.

Prof Astrid Berg speaks on Protecting Infants from Violence – Law and Reality in South Africa- This paper was presented in Prague at WAIMH

Prof  Berg is developing a Master’s Program in Infant Mental Health at the University of Stellenbosch.
She is currently involved in collaborative research projects as well as being active in professional organizations and policy implementation on provincial governmental level.

 

A Few Admin Matters: The yearly subscription is R350. All fees due now.
Non-member guest contribution is R50 (in a named envelope, please).
Ad hoc guests are not eligible for CPD points.
Account details: WCAIMH; Standard Bank, Rondebosch,
Account no. 274916401. Branch code: 051001


WCAIMH June 2016 Newsletter and Notice of Meeting

This month we present Feedback from the International Gathering of Infant Mental Health Professionals in Prague.


WCAIMH May 2016 Newsletter and Notice of Meeting


WCAIMH April 2016 Newsletter and Notice of Meeting


WCAIMH March 2016 Newsletter and Notice of Meeting

Course - Introduction to parent infant psychotherapy


Dear Colleagues

Following a request to the Executive Committee of World Association for Infant Mental Health regarding the current registration fees for the upcoming WAIMH congress in Prague (29 May 2016 -2 June 2016), the  EC has agreed to allow South African delegates to register under the “Lower Middle Income” status instead of the World Bank allocation of “upper middle income” status.

This means that if you are interested in attending, you may now register for 155 Euro instead of 210 Euro.

Please note the early bird registration closing date is 28 February 2016!

Please share with colleagues who may be interested in attending.

 
Kind Regards

Dr Anusha Lachman
Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
FCPSYCH, MMED, MPhil (C&A), Cert Child Psych (cum laude)


Infant Attachment Work in the Communities of Cape Town

Thanks to funding from the Western Cape Association of Infant Mental Health, it has been possible to provide 8 groups of mothers with babies or toddlers living in shelters with access to the Baby Bonding Programme. This programme was developed by Debi Maskell-Graham of big toes little toes, a charitable incorporated organisation registered in England. It is a gentle and playful evidence-based approach to strengthen attachment relationships between parents/carers and their children. Secure attachment in infancy and early childhood, is strongly associated with improved emotional, social, intellectual and behavioural outcomes for children as well as mediating the impact of trauma and deprivation.

To date, the 8-week course has been run at 3 shelters for abused women and their children, in low-income areas around Cape Town, reaching over 60 women so far. The results have been remarkably encouraging and the programme has been extremely well-received by the mothers, babies and organisations, with shelters requesting the course be repeated for each new group of mothers moving in.

The Baby Bonding Programme is facilitated by Caroline Sullivan, a play therapist with special interest in infant mental health. For more information please contact Caroline by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


 

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER AND NOTICE OF MEETING

 

Our next meeting will be held on THURSDAY 18 February 1, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Out-patient Unit of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 46 Sawkins Road, Rondebosch.

THE BRIDGE OF PLAY WITH BABIES- A DELICATE AND DIVINE DANCE BY JOAN RAPHAEL-LEFF

World famous author (many more than 150 publications) and amazing presenter, Joan now leads the Anna Freud Centre, London, in Psychoanalytic Research. Her career began in 1970 and Maternity and the newborn feature throughout her work.  

The last copies of Joan Raphael-Leff’s Book- Dark side of the Moon will be on sale for R200 each. To reserve, please pay R200 by EFT to our bank account and send proof to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Community: We are pleased to announce that we have awarded substantial financial contributions to 5 Community projects this year. However, Community infant-mental-health-related project proposals still welcome. Please get your proposals to us  

Babies and Beyond Magazine: We are again featured prominently in this March international publication. Our advertisement now features the myths about tantrums and 2 publications by WCAIMH members further advocate compassionate care for tiny tots. 

Building up our resource base. Contributors to the resource base will be acknowledged and your contact details will be added to your selected article (or summary or excerpt thereof) so that there can be interaction around areas of interest. The information will be added to our webpage, www.infantmentalhealth.co.zaPlease send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to give your input. Contributors will also be featured on our web page .

 

A Few Admin Matters: The yearly subscription is R350. All fees due now.

Early bird subscription R300 before March

Non-member guest contribution is R50 (in a named envelope, please).

Ad hoc guests are not eligible for CPD points.

Account details: WCAIMH; Standard Bank, Rondebosch,

Account no. 274916401. Branch code: 051001 

Jeanine Beukes , Chairperson WCAIMH This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 


WCAIMH February 2016 Newsletter and Notice of Meeting

 


 

WCAIMH January 2016 Newsletter - Luthando Prinsloo : A White Sangoma looks at Prams and Paternity

Healthy attachment, easier separation

WRITTEN BY  JEANINE BEUKES M.A CLIN PSYCH •  FROM ISSUE SEVEN: OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2015 PAGE(S) 44-45

 

Healthy attachment, easier separation

 

Click the below link to access:

 

http://www.babysandbeyond.co.za/viewonline/222/health/healthy-attachment-easier-separation

 


JANUARY 2016

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!

 

The WCAIMH Committee wish you a Happy New Year. 

 

2016's first meeting is :

Thursday 730 pm 21st January . 

 

 A white Sangoma looks at Prams and Paternity

 

 


 

 

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER AND NOTICE OF AGM WITH PRESENTATION

Our next meeting will be held on THURSDAY 19 November at 7:30pm at the Out-patient Unit of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 46 Sawkins Road, Rondebosch.

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This AGM promises to be a delicious treat, a celebration of all that has been achieved this year for babies.

Mini mind- tastings of 5 gems that we were recently served at the GAIMH Gauteng Conference and new snippets from

Blanche at Parent Centre and

Caroline Sullivan of Baby Bonding.

It’s a non voting year so will just have a brief financial feedback for AGM. 

Community infant-mental-health-related project proposals welcome. Please get your proposals for 2016 to us without further delay. 

Building up our resource base. Contributors to the resource base will be acknowledged and your contact details will be added to your selected article (or summary or exerpt thereof) so that there can be interaction around areas of interest. The information will be added to our webpage, www.infantmentalhealth.co.za Please send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to give your input. 

 The yearly subscription is R350.

Non-member guest contribution is R50 (in a named envelope, please).

Ad hoc guests are not eligible for CPD points. 

Jeanine Beukes , Chairperson WCAIMH This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


WCAIMH - Thursday 19th November 7.30pm - Conference presentation feedback: Parent Centre and Baby Bonding presentations

November Newsletter - PDF


WCAIMH Commitee attends GAIMHSA Conference 2015

 

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Left to Right: Kerry Brown, Julia Noble, Mush Perrins, Jeanine Beukes
 

 


 Attention for WCAIMH members attending the Gauteng Conference:

GAIMH-SA

Infant Mental Health Conference

 

 Date: 30th and 31st of October 2015

PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE:

UBUBELE - No 1, Tenth Road, Kew, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

 


 

 

THURSDAY 15th October at 7:30pm

at the Out-patient Unit of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 46 Sawkins Road, Rondebosch (Building A).

Dear Fellow members- An urgent announcement and reminder for our forthcoming meeting on Thursday 15 October at Child and Family Unit at 7.30pm

Dr Kaija Puura, our special guest speaker from Tampere, Finland will address us on

The role of genetic versus environment interplay in social and emotional development of young children. Preventive and mental health interventions for young children. Dr Puura has vast experience in the development of family therapeutic methods for families with young children

Prof Kaija Puura is a member of the Finnish Child Psychiatric Association and the World Association for Infant Mental Health.

She has authored or co-authored 40 peer reviewed articles, and chapters in both national and international books on assessment and treatment of young children. Her professional activities as a clinical child psychiatrist have involved combining research activities with clinical work in various projects both in primary care and mental health services. She received the WAIMH New Investigator Award (2002) and was appointed to associate executive director of the WAIMH 2009.


WCAIMH September 2015 Newsletter and Notice of Meeting

September 2015 Newsletter and Notice of Meeting - PDF


 

GAIMH-SA conference

Early Bird Registrations for the GAIMH-SA conference close on 29 August.

For registration and programming information, visit  www.gaimh.co.za

 

 

Seminar on the question of Egg and Sperm Donation Anonymity

Pretoria: 10 - 12 September 2015
Cape Town: 17 - 19 September 2015

Seminar Attachment and Programme

E-mail from Assisted Reproduction Information and Support (ARISE).


Gamete disclosure vs Secrecy speaker from Cambridge Center Family Studies

Date: 9 September 2015
Time: 7-9pm

Freeman and Galombik. disclosure decisions and child adjustment

Owen and Galombok. Longitudinal study of Donor families in adolescence


WCAIMH August 2015 Newsletter and Presentation by Dr Nils Bergman on "Sleep - What is it?" - neurological perspective

August Newsletter - PDF


There will be no meeting this Thursday the 16th July due to school vacation. Meeting to resume in August.


Thursday 7.30pm June 18 meeting:

Dr Zanda Jaquire : "Emotional problems accompanying surrogacy/egg and sperm donations"

June Newsletter - PDF.


May newsletter and notice of cancellation of May meeting

Click here for pdf.

MGAIMH - With University of the Witwartersrand is hosting a multi-disciplinary two-day conference

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GOLD Lactation Newsletter - Effects Of Breastfeeding on Sleep, Depression & Adversity

 

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Image from Judy Davies


From Discussion after tonight's  16th April 2015 talk:

Please read and distribute the following paper:


Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Inc. 

Affiliated with the World Association for Infant Mental Health
www.aaimhi.org

Position Paper 1: Controlled Crying

Issued November 2002; Revised March 2004

Available online :

http://www.aaimhi.org/inewsfiles/controlled_crying.pdf

 

And a new book- 

Written by: Dilys Daws and Alexandra de Rementeria

Title: Finding your way with your baby. The emotional life of parents and babies.


Thursday 16th April 7.30pm 

Judy Davies presents "Is Saying NO helpful to young children?"

Red Cross Child and Family Unit, Sawkins Rd, Rondebosch

To access April_2015_Newsletter click here


Conference:

For information on the Gauteng Association for Infant Mental Health Conference

Date: October 2015

click here for GAIMH_Conference_October_2015 information

GAIMH - October 2015 Conference Provisional Program

 

Book Special:

To see the  WCAIMH April book_special click here

 


Thursday 19th March 7.30pm 

 Dr Nicola Dugmore presents on Primitive Triggers

Red Cross Child and Family Unit, Sawkins Rd, Rondebosch

To access the March 2015 Newsletter click here


Thursday 19 Feb at 7:30pm

Prof Nancy Suchman (Yale University) on "Mothering from the inside out: supporting parenting mothers in recovery"

Red Cross Child and Family Unit, Sawkins Rd, Rondebosch

To access the February_2015_Newsletter click here


WCAIMH EVENTS 2014

Our year ended with an AGM and icecream

The WCAIMH donated money for their maternal home visiting community project in 2014 and we continue to donate towards this worthy project for 2015.

A Few Admin Matters: The Early Bird annual subscription is R300(before 15 March)  Please Eft promptly so the we can get off to a great start.

Thereafter ,the yearly subscription is R350.

Non-member guest contribution is R50 (in a named envelope, please).

Ad hoc guests are not eligible for CPD points.

Account details: WCAIMH; Standard Bank, Rondebosch,

Account no. 274916401. Branch code: 051001.

 

Link to our website:www.infantmentalhealth.co.za– Any contributions for our website- articles or suggested books, would be appreciated.

 We welcome any input and suggestions.

 

Regards

Jeanine Beukes ,Chairperson WCAIMH   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Summary of Events Presented by WCAIMH in 2014

Committee:

Chair : Jeanine Beukes

Secretary: Julia Noble

Treasurer : Mush Perrins

Feb Meeting 2014 :Mother Knows Best   Marina Petropoulus, Louise Naude and Julia Noble opened our  discussion on Mother Knows Best and prepared us to examine the whole context and symbolism of the story as well as giving us a child’s instinctive reaction to ‘Entangled” - The discussion ranged from Mother indeed knowing best and needing to trust her instincts in the care of her infant, to the need to guard against that shadow side that can undermine and erode the emerging youngster’s belief in herself- all in the guise of protecting our young. Then the very real need to safeguard children against greater dangers lurking in the impoverished areas of ‘ganglands’

March Meeting:The screening of  WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS (An in depth study of 3 infants who cannot be managed or understood, and the way back) was well received after some technical gremlins in the system were resolved by our younger members .The discussion thereafter, where passion met with calm wisdom and experience ,was helpful- Again an affirmation that all disciplines are welcomed and that we can continue learning in this safe space

April Meeting: Multiple prems - a mother's journey"Celeste Rushby (O.T) shared her personal journey through neonate intensive care with three premmies.(Multiple Prems) Her humbling and oft disempowering experience has led to greater awareness of the vulnerability and alienation that Moms’ of Premature infants face and she is continuing her work in support groups. Thanks to Celeste for a riveting and frankly emotional presentation.   

May Meeting:A Peek into PICU- The  Workings of  a Neurodevelopmental Parent Support Group .Kerry Brown presented a fascinating account of the application of a simple model of caring in the PICU- Neonatal support unit for mothers across cultures.Her work showed great initiative , passion and dedication and we are so proud that she is currently presenting her ideas internationally at the WAIMH conference in Edinburgh

 June Meeting:MELANCHOLY AND MURDEROUS MOTHERS’ : Prof Lou- Marie Kruger gave a fascinating and moving account of the anger underlying maternal depression . She gave poignant case material which we could all resonate with. While the sadness is regarded more sympathetically, rage needs to be seen and heard in a holding space to give the parent-child dyad a chance to recover.    Our thanks to Lou –Marie for shining a light into this shameful underbelly of depression.

August meeting: Reactive Attachment Disorder in Infants: Prof Astrid Berg showed us a disturbing DVD of 4 infants in a baby home in Russia. The subsequent trauma as shown in their Reaction Attachment Disorder’s , as a result of ‘revolving’ care from many care givers in an outwardly well run orphanage, was clearly and sadly evident .Our discomfort  evoked much discussion on the need for media attention to infant’s needs for consistent one-on –one interaction and attunement. As a committee and organization we are committed to sharing this knowledge and welcome any input from members with ideas and\or connections to the media.  Our thanks to Astrid for highlighting this crucial foundation stage and sharing her material with us.

September Meeting:The impact of a first baby on the couple relationship.Shira Jankelson-Groll gave a thought provoking talk on "The impact of a first baby on the couple relationship".It was a great qualitative account of research conducted for her dissertation. She highlighted how relationships that were strong pre- baby tended to cope better and were more resilient post  baby. Many of the healthier adaptors had a strong support group that had also included pre marital counseling. The discussion thereafter was open and frank ,and we as members were able to acknowledge on a personal and professional level that babies certainly often are a challenge to the existing couple and that change is difficult. Thanks to Shira for persisting with her topic despite reluctant subjects and sharing  her work with us

October Meeting:The sensory fit of the mother/father and the childAnnemarie Lombard introduced us to the world of the senses on both an experiential and informative level. It was an exceptional evening fascinating to all disciplines and specifically focused on how our preferred sensory modes, and those of baby, profoundly influence interaction between Mom and baby. Thanks to Annemarie for a memorable evening.   Her book, “Sensory Intelligence: Why It Matters More Than IQ And EQ”, published by Metz Press in 2007, is available

November 2014: AGM & The 1001 Critical Days: The Importance of the Period from conception to Age Two

 by Prof Astrid Berg

 


FEB 2014:WESTERN CAPE ASSOCIATION FOR INFANT MENTAL HEALTH CONTRIBUTION TO WAIMH SUMMARIZING OUR ACTIVITIES AND ASPIRATIONS:

Dear Martin and Maree

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share our thoughts-

Ongoing Activities and challenges in our Affiliate:

Following the wonderful conference in Cape Town we were very aware of the degree of exhaustion that most carers of Moms and Babies (and some in the committee) were experiencing, so we focused our year on Nurturing the Nurturers- A sweet moment was when Judith Davies offered a bowl of sweeties around to all of us as we were discussing maternal bereavement and loss. Containing our carers has been the prime focus with meetings richly informative, yet the tone gentle and supportive .Diversity has been embraced with presentersand attendees at WCAIMH monthly meetings coming from a wider range of professional backgrounds.  The subsequent current atmosphere that every-one has something of value to contribute, has resulted in a richer knowledge that is shared through the presentations and through the subsequent discussions and sharing of experiences.  This knowledge has then also been taken to a wider range of maternal-infant/professional interfaces.

Topics covered in our monthly meetings included: Nurturing the Baby by seeing the Mother-Improving child outcomes through maternal mental health interventions,presented by Dr Simone Honikman of the Peri-Natal Research Project(in its 10th year),A multidisciplinary panel discussion on Fussy Feeders was beautifully presented by Bea Wirz, Mush Perrins and Katherine Megaw, Mentalization-based parenting psychotherapy for at-risk parents caring for young children.”by Prof Suchman, The Grandmaternal Transference by Dr Nicola Dugmore,How can you both Love and Hate your baby?”- Addressing ambivalence in the parent-infant relationship. Presented by authors Greg Fried and Lisa Lazarus of “ The Book Of Jacob” fame, The Impact of Loss and Bereavement on Early Parenthood by Judith Davies followed byCross Cultural experience of loss as shared by  the Parent Centre

Our Official membership currently stands at 120 people but we have about 50 paid up members that are regularly attending in Cape Town. .

The challenges faced are keeping the presentations of a high academic standard while allowing accessibility of knowledge to a mixed group of professionals. There is always a danger of losing the research/academic quality (with its impact on the community). We need to keep the group scientific yet grounded and practical too.

Issues of governance and advocacy in our Affiliate– the governance is smoothly organised with a committee of 3 persons democratically elected for a 2 year term of office . Committees can stand for reelection should they wish too and if they have the memberships’ voted support. Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary are chosen following a voting system by the members. Our members are made up of approximately two-thirds longstanding and one third newer (joined in the last 1 or 2 years) members.

The impact of the CapeTown conferencein terms of recent projects, connectedness across IMH workers :

- Firstly our heartfelt congratulations at the smooth running of the CT 2012  conference. The technical support was of superb quality and presentations were easy to hear and see. I am very impressed by your BOP idea introducing speakers and their abbreviated ideas. It was difficult to make choices as to whom to attend in 2012 and the new speakers found it hard to have a voice.

While the pre- conference workshops offered inspired people at grass roots level,

it was generally felt by our current committee that the conference did not bring together the Cape Town IMH community in any noticeable way. Individual sponsorships empowered certain individuals and was of great encouragement to them but we as an organisation  have not been greatly impacted by the input. Its early days yet and seeds planted will take a while to grow. We are aware of the need to monitor growth and to stand by with early growing pains.

In this respect , the financial benefit of the conference has allowed the Cape Town branch to support a community project for the first time which has taken the form of  an ongoing support for a Mothers’ support group in a disadvantaged community initiated by The Parent Centre. Members of the multi- disciplinary team have visited new and at- risk mothers at their homes on an ongoing basis and have used a great deal of initiative when faced with external challenges like flooding and issues of personal safety. We remain open to financially assisting other organisations that directly serve the community and will serve to contain and hold the carers.

As always,the knowledge that you are not alone is what brings Hope-to these beleaguered mothers,to the carers,and finally,the committee in Cape Town.

Hopes…and maybe critiques regarding WAIMH’s activities :

It is so good to be part of a vibrant umbrella body like WAIMH.

Armed with your recent provisional proposed Charter of Baby’s Rights, issues regarding withholding soothing have already been highlighted in our local Media- In both English and Afrikaans magazines . There are invitations issued to our committee to contribute, coming from journalists ,as we are being recognised as an advocate for the emotional well being of babies. As always we have to tread carefully and gently and make baby steps in new and kinder ways of nurturing, as we advocate Babies’ rights and the anticipated controversy.

 This was in line with our committee’s decision that the general public needed to made more aware of the maternal-infant issues on the ground and the valuable research-work combinations that are currently taking place.  Our current committee is looking at a 2014 meeting presentation on infant and carers rights (advocacy role) and how these can be supported.  A stand addressing the same topic at the local Baby Expo is also being investigated by the committee. 

Again knowing that we are well supported by the parent-umbrella body of the WAIMH makes the task of tackling and gently shaking rigid parental practices ,less daunting. 

 Kerry Brown’s proposed SA presentation was unfortunately downgraded to Poster presentation but hopefully she can regroup and present at the next conference.

Some committee members have the feeling of not being that well linked to WAIMH, but on our side we also need to make the effort to make connections more . Your website and newsletters are really important in this respect.

We have no finalised plans to come to Edinburgh for the upcoming conference but I will certainly be at the next conference.

Looking forward to closely working with you in the coming year,and wishing you great patience and wisdom as you march toward the Edinburgh conference.

Yours Sincerely

Jeanine Beukes  Chairperson WCAIMH


PREVIOUS NEWSLETTERS AND Topics covered :FOR INFANT MENTAL HEALTH

Topics covered in our monthly meetings in 2013 included: Nurturing the Baby by seeing the Mother-Improving child outcomes through maternal mental health interventions,presented by Dr Simone Honikman of the Peri-Natal Research Project(in its 10th year),A multidisciplinary panel discussion on Fussy Feeders was beautifully presented by Bea Wirz, Mush Perrins and Katherine Megaw, Mentalization-based parenting psychotherapy for at-risk parents caring for young children.”by Prof Suchman, The Grandmaternal Transference by Dr Nicola Dugmore,How can you both Love and Hate your baby?”- Addressing ambivalence in the parent-infant relationship. Presented by authors Greg Fried and Lisa Lazarus of “ The Book Of Jacob” fame, The Impact of Loss and Bereavement on Early Parenthood by Judith Davies followed byCross Cultural experience of loss as shared by  the Parent Centre

A few admin matters:

Please note that our monthly meetings have reverted back to the 3rd Thursday of the month.

The yearly subscription is R350.

Non-member guest contribution is R50 (in a named envelope, please).

Ad hoc guests are not eligible for CPD points.

 

Account details: WCAIMH; Standard Bank, Rondebosch, Account no. 274916401. Branch code: 051001.

Link to our website: www.infantmentalhealth.co.za – Any contributions for our website- articles or suggested books, would be appreciated.

We welcome any input and suggestions.

Regards Jeanine Beukes- Chairperson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

WESTERN CAPE ASSOCIATION FOR INFANT MENTAL HEALTH

PREVIOUS EVENTS and edited NEWSLETTERS 2013

June Newsletter and Upcoming event on Thursday 20 June 2013 at 7:30pm

Red Cross Child and Family Unit, Sawkins Rd

A panel discussion on Fussy Feeders:

Bea Wirz(Clinical Social Worker), Mush Perrins (Occupational Therapist) and Katherine Megaw (Paediatric Dietician) will give us some brief insights into issues they deal with relating to infant’s relationship with food. Thereafter they will be open to respond to our specific dilemmas.

This promises to be a lively and informative evening, so do join us just before you settle into the holidays.  

Please note that our monthly meetings have reverted back to the 3rd Thursday of the month.

Previous meeting:

Our last meeting (in May) was presented by Nancy Suchman from Yale University. We were treated to interesting case material on video relating to assisting mothers to mentalise.

In learning to see the “other” more accurately, the relationships grew and we observed infants and their mothers bonding and growing. Most importantly, it is research as rigorous as this that will enhance our credibility as Infant Health Workers.

 Should you wish to add to our compilation of a list of more helpful (as opposed to prescriptive) books so that we can place these on our website, please forward your suggestions to me on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  It would be great if you could add 2 or 3 sentences capturing the essence of your gem, please.

 

Regards Jeanine Beukes- Chairperson  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 2013 Newsletter and Upcoming event on 9 May at 7:30pm

Red Cross Child and Family Unit, Sawkins Rd

 Our next meeting is on Thursday 9th May.

We welcome  Professor Nancy Suchman from Yale University who will present  

“Mentalization-based parenting psychotherapy for at-risk parents caring for young children.”

Professor Suchman has a special interest in Mother-Child relations and the Neurobiology of parenting and addiction -  and has agreed to give us this talk ahead of the workshop series she will be presenting.

Please note that our following monthly meeting will revert to the 3rd Thursday of the month- 20 June 2013.

 

Previous meeting:

Our last meeting (in March) was presented by Dr Nicola Dugmore- The Grandmaternal Transference.

It was a truly unique and insightful perspective into how we as therapists might be perceived by our mother- clients. As we are present in the room with both the mother and the infant, our perceived psychological role can shift into that of the Grandmaternal in its various guises. Nicola also used case studies to amplify her theory, making her presentation both alive and relevant .Those who still wish to have a copy of her paper published recently in  Journal of Child Psychotherapy, can find it on our website:  www.infantmentalhealth.co.za

April\ May Newsletter and Upcoming event on 9 April at 7:30pm

-Red Cross Child and Family Unit, Sawkins Rd

 Our next meeting is on Thursday 9th April so that we can welcome  Professor Nancy Suchman from Yale University to present  “Mentalization-based parenting psychotherapy for at-risk parents caring for young children.”She has a special interest in Mother child- relations and the Neurobiology of parenting and addiction and has agreed to give us this talk ahead of the workshop series she will be presenting.

Please note thatour following monthly meeting will revert to the 3rd Thursday of the month- 20 June 2013.

Last Month:

 Our last meeting( in March) was presented by Dr Nicola Dugmore- The Grandmaternal transference . It was a truly unique and insightful perspective to how we as therapists might be perceived by our mother- clients. As we are present in the room with both the mother and the infant, our perceived psychological role can shift into that of the Grandmaternal in its various guises . Nicola also used case studies to amplify her theory, making her presentation both alive and relevant Those that still wish to have a copy of her paper published recently in  Journal of Child Psychotherapy, please contact us. We will also include it on our website:www.infantmentalhealth.co.za    

Regards Jeanine Beukes- Chairperson  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

March Newsletter and Upcoming event on 28 March 2013 at 7:30pm

-Red Cross Child and Family Unit, Sawkins Rd

Our next meeting is on the Thursday before the long weekend

(4th week) 28 March where Nicola Dugmore is coming from Johannesburg to share her experience of the “Grandmaternal Transference”

 From Nicola’s abstract: “The grandmaternal transference has special relevance to parent–infant psychotherapy since the grandmother often represents both the mother’s mother and the child’s grandmother and offers a unique third position between mother and child. The  containing grandmother, differentiating grandmother (able to help mother and infant with separation and individuation),and the therapist seen as a paternal grandmother who acts as a pseudo-father able to embody the paternal function. In each of these positions, the transference and countertransference – whether positive or negative – require that the therapist responds to rather than enacts the grandmaternal role.”

We had an amazing opening presentation last month where Greg and Liza Lazarus generously shared the inner turmoil and ultimate integration of their mixed emotions on the arrival of their noisy newborn into what was previously perceived as a calm and serene marital union. No one had prepared them for the sustained onslaught and trauma of this adjustment. It’s presentations like these that help us to expand our understanding and compassion- and hopefully we can extend that into our work space. Thank you to Lisa and Greg. If you wish to order the hard copy of their (presently out of print),”The Book of Jacob”@ R100 please contact Lisa at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

NEWSLETTER AND NOTICE FOR UPCOMING FEBRUARY MEETING

The February meeting of the WCAIMH will be held on THURSDAY 21st February 2013 at 7:30pm at the Out-patient Unit of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 46 Sawkins Road, Rondebosch

Our  topic is in keeping with the Valentine’s month of February:

“How can you both Love and Hate your baby?”- Addressing ambivalence in the parent-infant relationship. Authors Greg Fried and Lisa Lazarus of “ The Book Of Jacob” fame will be presenting and discussing both their baby experiences and the mixed responses their controversial book evoked.

We plan to meet the on the third Thursday of every month, at 7.30pm until about 9pm at the Outpatient Unit in Sawkins Rd, Rosebank. Presentations usually take about 40 minutes with sometime after for questions and/or discussion.

Our new committee was voted in for a 2 yr period at the November 2012 AGM:

Chairperson: Jeanine Beukes

Secretary: Julia Noble

Treasurer: Mush Perrin

We  look forward to serving you.

 

JEANINE BEUKES. Chairperson WCIMH   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it