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The Centre for Community Child Health is pleased to invite you to attend a seminar exploring infant and child mental health. The seminar will focus on the important role of universal services in promoting positive mental health in children, and on early identification and intervention for children who have mental health problems.
The seminar will open with speakers from the Centre for Community Child Health, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the University of Melbourne focusing on why we need to ensure optimal wellbeing for all children, what all children need to develop well, what it looks like
when things start to go wrong, and how the system can respond. Commentary on the morning sessions will be provided by international guest, Professor Robert Emde.
Speakers from the Hunter Institute for Mental Health, The Parent-Infant Research Institute at Austin Health, KidsMatter and Charles Sturt University will then provide practical insights into research, programs and resources that are available to inform and assist universal services practitioners to understand infant and child
mental health, and to be able to better support children and their families.
The seminar will conclude with a case study from Goodstart Early Learning, highlighting how they are using the Child & Family Practitioner Program to build on the strengths, skills and resources of early childhood service providers in disadvantaged communities to promote strong,
healthy relationships between children, educators, families and communities to enhance infant and child mental health outcomes.
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International Guest: Professor Robert Emde
Robert N. Emde, M.D., retired from his position as Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, after a University of Colorado Medical School career of more than 40 years. Dr Emde’s career has involved research on early socio-emotional development and, more recently, the
evaluation of early childhood intervention programs. In infant mental health, he chaired an international task group that revised the diagnostic classification system for mental problems of children under age four (DC: 0-3R, Zero to Three Press), published in 2005. He also helped
write the national guidelines for Early Head Start and served as Principal Investigator for two university partnerships with Colorado programs, Clayton Mile High-Family Futures and Family Star. Both programs were part of the national randomised trial of 17 Early Head Start sites.
Introduction and welcome
What do all infants and children
need for optimal wellbeing?
What happens when
things go wrong and how does the system respond?
A commentary in
response to presentations
capability and competency: lessons from Response Ability and Connections
How can early
childhood professionals work to support parents in their relationships with
minds by supporting Good Mental health and wellbeing
care: what does this look like in pedagogical practice?
infant and child mental health outcomes in an early years service
Tickets cost $195 (incl. GST) and $95 (incl. GST) for students. Registrations close Wednesday 16 March
Delivered by the Centre for Community Child Health, the Early Years Seminar Series supports early years professionals to improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families.
The Seminar Series is supported by the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training.
The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.