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Workshop presentation at the WAIMH (World Association for Infant Mental Health) 2021 World Congress - Early Years Emotional Security

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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The online delivery of therapeutic interventions has become a necessary reality in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The well-known challenges of parenting infants can be exacerbated by additional COVID-19 stressors including social isolation, financial difficulties, physical illness and parental mental health problems. Recovery from past or current trauma is even more challenging in the context of COVID-19 and its associated threat and uncertainty.

Despite these difficulties, parents and clinicians are discovering the benefits of using technology to enable the online delivery of therapeutic interventions during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring access to psychological input at a critical time.