News and thoughts…
I really enjoyed listening to this interview. Dilys was very influential during my training as a child psychotherapist in the 1990s. Being part of the then ‘Under Five’s workshop’ at the Tavistock Clinic, coordinated by Dilys and Juliet Hopkins, was a great inspiration, and has directed my work ever since.
In this interview, Dilys emphasizes that for some parents “just telling the story .. is all that’s needed”. She suggests “simply saying ‘How was it for you?’” to encourage them to tell that story – underlining the importance of being curious and giving space to the parents’ narrative.
I am concerned that this attachment-informed approach, taking account of parental experience/trauma and what ‘ghosts’ or ‘angels’ in the nursery may be being brought to bear on the parent-infant relationship, is still something of a novelty in many CAMHS and perinatal services. More IMH awareness-raising work to be done!
Association for Infant Mental Health (AiMH UK) Bristol & West CPD Event, 22 January 2021
Dr Cerith Waters (Senior Lecturer, Clinical Lead for perinatal services, Cardiff; accredited VIG practitioner) and Rachel Pardoe (Child Psychotherapist, VIG supervisor)
The importance of including fathers in parent-infant services: illustration using Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)
Rachel is a Hub Lead for the AiMH Bristol & West hub. Our second online event went very well – over 70 practitioners booked from all over the UK – several working in community services for Dads. Many positive comments in the Zoom Chat and active verbal discussion.
Rachel presented What is VIG? – highlighting the effectiveness of this video feedback approach with parents and infants.
Cerith Waters shared emotionally moving and effective therapeutic work, using VIG. It was clearly an inspiration for many who attended. (Cerith trained in VIG in supervision with Rachel, and accredited in 2020.)
Some people at the event were also motivated to train in VIG – good to hear!
Cerith presented research data on Fathers mental health during the perinatal period, and he shared the BPS Guidance on Working remotely with parents and infants during pregnancy and postpartum.
This photo was taken at the WAIMH congress in Prague in 2016.