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Infant Mental Health in Northern Ireland – Implementing the Science

09 October 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This event is free and open to both BPS members and to the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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Infant Mental Health is a key priority for Public Health in Northern Ireland and the recent IMH Framework (PHA 2016) has provided a strong commitment from Policy makers to support the training of the workforce to promote positive Infant Mental Health. During this lecture Nicola Doherty will provide an overview of the importance of Infant Mental Health and wellbeing making particular reference to children facing adversity including those being born sick.  Strategic work and developments in Northern Ireland will be discussed and reference will be made to various clinical scenarios where infant focused interventions have been employed.   She will highlight relevant research and developments in thinking both locally and internationally as well as drawing on her recent fellowship findings. Barbara McConnell will conclude by looking at the implementation of the Science within the IMH Framework in NI. She will focus specifically on the training needs of the wider workforce, particularly on the continued commitment to implement Solihull training to key professionals who work directly with children and families from pre-birth to 3 years. 

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The Conference Hall,
Main Building,
Stranmillis University College, 
Stranmillis Rd,
Event Location: 


Nicola Doherty

Nicola is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist leading Paediatric Clinical Psychology services in the Western Trust.  Prior to this she was lead for Paediatric Psychology Services in Belfast Trust at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.  She is passionate about promoting health and wellbeing in the early years both through intervening early and encouraging professionals to work together with the child in mind.  Nicola loves reading, research and travel and has recently returned from her Canada and the United States of America where she spent time on a Churchill Travel Fellowship examining best practice in infant mental health for babies born sick and/or early.  Her other roles positions on various trust, regional and national committees including Association of Infant Mental Health (NI), Paediatric Psychology Network (UK),  an infant massage instructor, a daughter, sibling, wife and most importantly a mother.


Barbara McConnell 

Barbara is a Developmental Psychologist and Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society. She has served on many BPS committees. She is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies in Stranmillis University College and Course Director for the Masters in Early Childhood Studies. More recently she also works as an Associate Assessor for the Education and Training Inspectorate in NI. Her research interests include Early Interventions and impact on child Development. She is currently chairing the Public Health Agency’s Workforce Development group for Infant Mental Health.

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