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Welcome to AAIMHI

AAIMHI is a national organisation of professionals from many fields who work with infants, young children and their families. Our mission is to work towards  improving professional and community recognition that infancy and early childhood is a critical time for the development of emotional, physical and mental health.

AAIMHI is affiliated with the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) and contributes to international developments and initiatives.

AAIMHI organises regular national conferences as well as workshops and seminars to enhance knowledge about social and emotional development in 0 to 3-year-olds and develop skills to assist families and communities to build nurturing and strong relationships with their infants and young children.

AAIMHI works with other agencies on advocacy and educational initiatives, responds to Government inquiries and reports relating to infancy and provides information to members through its website and newsletter.

AAIMHI also develops position statements and guidelines to support Infant Mental Health professionals and parents.

AAIMHI 2017 National Conference

The Infant, the State, Ethics & the Law
23-26 November 2017
at University of Melbourne, Parkville
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 Graham Music

Graham Music (PHD) is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics and an adult psychotherapist in private practice. His publications include Nurturing Natures: Attachment and children’s emotional, sociocultural and brain development 2011/(2016), Affect and Emotion (2001), and The Good Life: Wellbeing and the new science of altruism, selfishness and immorality (2014), as well as many journal articles and book chapters.

He has a interest in exploring the interface between developmental science research and clinical work. Formerly Associate Clinical Director of the Tavistock’s child and family department, he has managed a range of services working with the aftermath of child maltreatment and neglect, has a particular interest in the therapeutic challenges of working with trauma and neglect, and has specialised for many years in work with children who have been adopted or are in public care.

He has also organised many community based psychotherapy services, for example in over 70 schools, aiming to make therapy services more accessible. He currently works clinically with forensic cases at The Portman Clinic. He teaches, lectures and supervises on a range of trainings in Britain and abroad, and speaks regularly at conferences and in the media

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones works privately as a Psychotherapist/Mental Health Social Worker.
Her own clinical interests are working with couples with both perinatal and infertility difficulties and also as a parent-infant therapist. She also has an extensive experience in working as a an External Supervisor and Trainer, with both public and private health care services. In conjunction she works with in the fields of Maternal and Child Health, external consultant to medical/ paediatric staff at the Royal Children’s’ Hospital, and a long interest in working with hospital and community teams in Palliative Care.

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Early Relationships Matter

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The Infant Mental Health Journal celebrates MI-AIMH's 40th Anniversary 

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary, the IMHJ is pleased to present this special Virtual Issue of 10 IMHJ articles - classic and recent -  for free download. These articles are offered in recognition of those in the infant mental health community in Michigan and around the world who champion reflective, relationship-centred understanding for all infants, toddlers, their families and those who offer support and care.

The Virtual Issue is now live on the journal site!
View the articles on the IMHJ website.

All the articles in the virtual issue have been set free through to 31st May 2018


16th WAIMH World Congress, Rome, 26-30 May 2018

“New challenges for a 3rd millennium infant mental health”

Call for Papers and Registrations now open

Read more about the CONGRESS here

We would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of Australia and pay our respects to the Elders past, present and future
for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Indigenous Australia.


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2017 Ann Morgan Prize

2017 Ann Morgan Prize

The winner of the 2017 Ann Morgan Prize will be announced at the AAIMHI conference in Melbourne on Friday 24th November 2017.

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AAIMHI National Conference 2017

AAIMHI National Conference 2017

23-27 November 2017, Melbourne

Challenges to Clinical Thinking: The Infant, the State, Ethics & the Law

The conference will celebrate the challenges and richness of clinical practice with infants and those who care for them, whilst exploring the often complex systems we live and work within.

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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Policy Series

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Policy Series

This series of ZERO TO THREE briefing papers on infant and early childhood mental health policy are designed to generate awareness, interest, and action among federal and state policymakers, behavioral health administrators, and advocates.

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Upcoming Events

Core Components of Mindful Parenting
Core Components of Mindful Parenting

Core Components of Mindful Parenting: A Reflective Approach to Working with At-Risk Dyads

AAIMHI in conjunction with QCPIMH are pleased to host Diane Reynolds in Brisbane on 16th and 17th October 2017.

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Emotional Abuse and Neglect Seminar
Emotional Abuse and Neglect Seminar

Emotional Abuse and Neglect - Definitions, Assessment and Protection - Mental Health and Judicial Prespectives
with Dr. Danya Glasser and Judge Vera Mayer from the UK.
Friday 15 September 2017, 9.30am to 4.30pm at Pilgrim House, Canberra City.
This one day seminar will provide professionals with information to identify emotional abuse and neglect and practically address the harm caused to a child.

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