VIG involves viewing and discussing with parents/carers some best moments in their interactions with a child, such as reading together
Parental attunement to their child can be increased by viewing and discussing good moments of interaction, such as cooking together
Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) can highlight moments of positive unspoken interaction; here a father and son touching heads
A positive moment of parental attunement to discuss within VIG: a thank you kiss from daughter to mother

News and thoughts…

Babies In Our Minds – ‘Attachment Awareness’ training for South Wales early years practitioners

Babies In Our Minds, Module 2: ‘Attachment in Practice – the importance of early positive relationships, and how we can promote secure attachment‘ was successfully delivered online to 180 early years practitioners in south wales, March 2021.

Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil local authorities commissioned the training as part of their strategy to raise awareness of the importance of understanding attachment in the early years.

Practitioner feedback was highly positive. Commissioners are very satisfied with practitioner learning.

Practitioners received a certificate for their attendance. This CPD can be accumulated with further BIOM modules in future.

My thanks to Helen Joseph, Rachel Ceshion, Martha Sercombe and Jacqueline Waters for commissioning and coordinating this training.

Bristol, Somerset & Gloucestershire Hub Co-Lead, Association for Infant Mental Health (AiMH UK)

In 2019, I became a Hub Co-lead of AiMH UK. I have long been a member, in support of this not-for-profit organisation whose “mission is to promote understanding of why infant mental health is important, and to support the professional development of all practitioners working with parents and babies“.

Visit our interactive website to see infant mental health events, conferences and resources and the Bristol, Somerset & Gloucestershire Hub page to see our events, including networking events to share our infant mental health practice and learn from each other.

Find out the benefits of AiMH membership: join here to connect with other infant mental health practitioners, and help to raise standards of IMH practice, for the benefit of families.

Sharing expertise on how we work with infants and their families increases the effectiveness of our work in infant mental health.

AiMH UK website, and EarlyYES website, by Simon Pardoe: simon @ mossimpact.co.uk

Workshop presentation at the WAIMH (World Association for Infant Mental Health) 2021 World Congress

The WAIMH World Congress 22 – 26 June 2021 is, for the first time, a blend of in-person in Brisbane, Australia and virtual online open to all – with access to over 200 hours of WAIMH Congress content for the next 6 months.

Presentations are given by clinicians/researchers from around the world, and renowned speakers in infant mental health, including Joy Osofsky, Alicia Lieberman, Arietta Slade, Campbell Paul, Colwyn Trevarthen, and Louise Newman.

Rachel Pardoe and Dr. Jessica Williams (Highly Specialist Perinatal Clinical Psychologist in Cardiff perinatal) are presenting a pre-recorded workshop:

Providing a parent-infant therapeutic intervention online: Video Interaction Guidance – empowering parents during COVID-19

We are demonstrating, through audio-visual case examples, the potential benefits of Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) delivered online.

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Babies In Our Minds – improving perinatal practice

Babies In Our Minds was successfully delivered online to 15 perinatal practitioners from Cornwall and Somerset teams (Nov-Dec 2020). The 2nd BIOM commissioning by Cornwall NHS Trust.

Team managers are very satisfied with the change in practice they have observed in their teams.

The Evaluation Report shows that overall course ratings were extremely positive. 83.3% strongly agreeing that BIOM is highly beneficial to their work.

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Dilys Daws – MindInMind interview

Here’s a link to an interview with Dilys Daws – carried out by Jane O’Rourke of MindInMind.

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!

Engaging Fathers & Working during COVID

Engaging Fathers & Working during COVID

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.

Rachel talking at an AVIG UK conference

Clinical Consultation and reflective practice help professionals to recognise and care for an abused or emotionally deprived child
Reflective practice supports us in responding therapeutically in the best interests of the child
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