AIMH 20th Birthday Celebrations

We are delighted to have the Association of Infant Mental Health as Acorn sponsors for our event in October.  They have their own conference coming up soon as well, in celebration of their 20th anniversary, and their speakers include Mary Nolan who is also speaking at Growing Families: Facts, Fiction and Other Stuff.  Read on to find out more.


AIMH (UK) is an interdisciplinary, not-for-profit organisation that promotes education, research and study of the effects of mental, emotional and social development during infancy.

We provide valuable and effective educational resources, linking academic, scientific, clinical and service-led communities together. AIMH (UK) promotes and supports research and practice in the field and publications which summarise and advocate for universal acknowledgement of the needs of babies and the impact of the early nurturing environment on the developing brain and the future well-being of society. Overwhelming evidence from multiple sources, particularly in recent neuro-scientific findings, that what happens in the first three years of life, lays the foundations for the future well-being of individuals, families and societies.

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AIMH 20th Birthday Celebratory Conference 2016 – Friday 30 September 2016

 We are delighted to announce that 2016 is a major milestone for us as we celebrate 20 years of The Association for Infant Mental Health – AIMH (UK). Please join us to celebrate.

This will be a great opportunity to:

  • think about the work achieved to date
  • reflect on the work covered over the last 20 years
  • focus on infant mental health needs in the future

The event will include:

  • Excellent networking opportunity
  • A celebration three course lunch
  • Impactful and thought-provoking films
  • Highly respected guest speakers to include:


You can book and pay for your seat on-line 

or, for cheque or invoice payments contact

AIMH (UK) Members: £65.00,

Non AIMH (UK) members: £75.00

Stands: £150.00 (includes one free conference place)

Radcliffe Conference Centre, Warwick University Campus

Friday, 30th September 2016. 10am – 4.30pm



Elizabeth Meins (Key-Note Speaker)

Professor, Department of Psychology, University of York

Presentation Title – ‘Tuning In’ : Mind-mindedness, maternal mental health and children’s development

The theoretical context for Dr Meins research is broadly Vygotskian, focusing on how early social relationships relate to children’s cognitive development. Much of her research investigates how early caregiver ‘mind-mindedness’ (caregivers’ attunement to their infants’ thoughts and feelings) predicts children’s subsequent social-cognitive and social-emotional development, particularly with respect to children’s attachment security and theory of mind. Elizabeth’s research has informed the NSPCC’s All Babies Count and Minding the Baby programmes and Baby Steps perinatal education service. She also works with clinical psychologists to deliver a mind-mindedness intervention programme to mothers hospitalised for a range of severe mental illnesses. This research was featured on Radio 4’s All in the mind.


Sir Al-Aynsley Green

Professor Emeritus of Child Health at University College London and President The British Medical Association.

Sir Al was knighted for his services to children and young people in 2006 and has received many markers of esteem including the Spence Medal of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the Prader Prize of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology.


Jane Barlow

President of AIMH (UK), Professor of Public Health in the Early Years, University of Warwick, Acting Pro-Dean for Research and Director of Warwick University’s Infant and Well-being Unit.


Dilys Daws

Founder and Advisor AIMH (UK), Honorary Consultant Child Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic, UK, Author.


Penelope Leach

Advisor AIMH (UK), Research Psychologist and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Birkbeck College and The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, UK, Author.


Mary Nolan

Professor, Perinatal Education, Allied Health Sciences, University of Worcester.

Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Birth and Parent Education (IJBPE).


Sharon Dawe

Professor, School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.



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