Infant mental health conference – conception to five

Schools & CAMHS

Course information

Upcoming Date: 2019-11-08
Upcoming Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Length: 1 Day
Cost: Free

About the course

Infant mental health problems occur within the context of a parent-infant/care-giver-infant relationships. It refers to the developing capacity of the child from birth to form close relationships, manage and express emotions, and explore the environment and learn.

Awareness of the importance of infant mental health has become more prominent in recent years and government now recognises the need to promote emotional wellbeing in the infant population.  SLaM has a great deal of expertise in the early years and in a first attempt to capture some of it we are hosting a one-day conference event in the Autumn.


The aim of the conference is to:

  • Enhance understanding of working with the under-fives and an introduction to specific clinical tools that can be used
  • To better understand trauma-informed care and working with marginalised parents
  • Increase awareness of current policy in relation to parent-infant work in England &
  • of innovative interventions and research going on in SLaM and KHP

See examples of innovative partnership working between the NHS, local authority and third sector to jointly provide services for the under fives

Promote creativity and empower people to continue their innovative work

This conference will be suitable for all professionals from health and social care working with parents and infants, and will also be of interest to managers responsible for the commissioning of services.

The day will be practice led and will begin with a facilitated reflective space or Schwartz round exploring marginalised voices in parent-infant work.  Our keynote is on the importance of infant mental health and attachment, to be followed by a series of short research presentations from leading experts in the field. During lunch, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and to find out about available resources with stands from public and third sector parties, Maudsley learning and other organisations. In the afternoon, participants can sign up to clinical workshops including: working with trauma in the under-fives; the voice of the child immersive VR experience; parent-infant relationship work.  Participants will have the opportunity to hear more about

Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

CPP is an intervention for infants and young children who have experienced abuse, violence and other forms of trauma, causing them to lose trust in the safety of relationships. CPP aims to support and strengthen the caregiver-child relationship to repair the behavioural and mental health difficulties of the child and help them to return to a normal developmental trajectory.

Circle of Security parenting

Circle of Security implements decades of attachment research in an accessible step-by-step process consisting of eight chapters. The programme enables carers and foster parents to understand the child’s emotional world by learning to read their children’s ‘cues’ and ‘miscues’.

Video Interaction Guidance is a video feedback intervention through which a guider helps a client enhance communication within relationships. The client is guided to analyse and reflect on video clips of their own interactions.

This event is sponsored by Maudsley charity who has funded the event so that you can attend this for free. If you book to attend the conference we kindly ask that you honour your ticket. If you need to cancel please let us know at the earliest opportunity so that we can offer the space to someone else and make full use of the funding being provided.

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Learning Objectives

What you will learn from taking this course:

  • Have attended two workshops to get a detailed overview of evidence based interventions for infants
  • Have an update of recent policy in infant mental health
  • Have a update of current research in IMH in Slam

Course Information

Target audience

Clinical psychologist, Clinical support worker, Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – non-psychiatry any, CT1-3 – psychiatry, Doctors, FY1, FY2, GP, GPVTS, Health visitor, Nurses, Nursing student, Psychology student, Psychotherapist, RGN, RMN, Social worker, ST4-7 – non-psychiatry any, ST4-7 – psychiatry, Teacher

Lunch options

Lunch & Refreshments Provided

Length & Time
Ortus Event and Learning Centre 82-96 Grove Ln Camberwell London SE5 8SN
1 day

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