Pre-Congress Institute 2: WAIMH affiliate pre-congress event

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Bridging infant and early childhood mental health training, competency and professional development.
Chaired by: Maree Foley (PhD) and Anna Huber (PhD)


The workshop will be centre on a series of presentations from experienced providers of Infant Mental Health training/programs from around the world. The training programmes capture an array of contexts including online training, university-based training and community-based capacity building programmes. Current confirmed participating presenters and panel members include:  Clinical Associate Professor Julie Ribaudo; Associate Professor Lynn Priddis; Emerita/ssociate Professor Astrid Berg; Dr Anusha Lachman;  Professor Jane Barlow;  Ms Catherine Maguire;  Ms Catarina Furmark;  Ms Nichole Paradis; and Dr Daphna Dollberg.


Clinical Associate Professor Julie Ribaudo

Julie Ribaudo is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work. In the field of Infant Mental Health since 1986, she has worked in a wide range of community-based programs, including community mental health, child welfare, public health, Head Start and Early Head Start, education, and the juvenile court system. Julie has a Post-Graduate Certificate and Endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Therapist and Mentor. She served for many years on the board of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health, including as president of the association for three years.

Julie teaches a wide range of clinical courses on infancy, early childhood, attachment and parent-infant psychotherapy.  In addition to her full-time faculty appointment, she continues to provide training, supervision, and consultation to IMH clinicians and programs.  She is also involved in research and service delivery with the Women’s Mental Health and Infants Programs through the Department of Psychiatry at UM.


Professor Jane Barlow

Jane Barlow (DPhil, FFPH Hon) is Professor of Evidence Based Intervention in the Early Years at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. Jane’s main research interest is the role of early parenting in the aetiology of mental health problems, and the evaluation of early interventions aimed at improving parenting practices, during pregnancy and the postnatal period. She also undertakes research to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions aimed at preventing child abuse.  She is currently President of the Association of Infant Mental Health, Editor-in-Chief of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH), and a member of PreVAiL (Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan).


Associate Professor Lynn Priddis (M.Psych., M.Psych (Clin), PhD

A/Prof Lynn Priddis is a clinical and counselling psychologist with over 30 years’ experience working with infants, children, adolescents and their families in health, education, and private practice contexts in Western Australia.  Lynn currently works full-time as an academic at Edith Cowan University where she coordinates and teaches in the Master of Infant Mental Health course as well as the Clinical Psychology programme.

As a past president of the Australian Association of Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI) and also of the West Australian Branch of AAIMHI Lynn has maintained a role in advocacy for Perinatal and Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health (PI-ECMH) with local and international organisations. Lynn is accredited to supervise in Mentalisation Based Treatment and to deliver training in the DCO-5 Diagnostic classificatory system. She facilitates and conducts training and supervision for practitioners and researchers from a range of disciplines in PI-ECMH.

Lynn is a mother of four adult children and lives in Perth Western Australia, where she is currently adjusting to and enjoying a recently emptied nest.


Ms Catarina Furmark

Catarina is a clinical psychologist working at the Karolinska Hospital Neonatal follow-up program and a PhD student at Karolinska Institutet studying parental aspects in families where the infant is at risk for Cerebral Palsy. She studies parental stress, anxiety and depression, internal representations, parental sensitivity and parent-child interaction.

Catarina trains, supervises and teaches within the field of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She is a member of several international organizations in the Infant Mental Health field. Her main topic of interest is to teach and promote policy regarding attachment and the impact of early relationships as well as working directly with families.

Catarina is a mother of three, living in central Stockholm. As a parent, she considers some of the most inspirational and helpful ideas outside academia being those of Dan Siegel regarding parenting from the inside out, Alfie Kohn for unconditional parenting, LR Knost for sensitive parenting and Jesper Juuls ideas on building a close, authentic relationship with your child.


Ms Nichole Paradis, MSW, LMSW, IMH-E®

Nichole is the Associate Director and Endorsement® Director for the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.  Nichole works to promote standards for workforce development in the infant-family field in 29 states, plus Australia and Ireland.  Nichole’s previous professional experience includes direct service and program development & administration for infants, toddlers, and families involved in child protective proceedings. She is endorsed by MI-AIMH as an Infant Mental Health Mentor – Clinical.  Nichole’s training includes a Bachelors degree in psychology and a Master of Social Work, both from the University of Michigan, and a graduate certificate in infant mental health from Wayne State University.  Her chapter on providing relationship-based intervention to preschoolers and their mother appears in Case Studies in Infant Mental Health: Risk, Resiliency and Relationships, published by ZERO TO THREE.   She is the co-author, along with Betty Tableman, of the 2008 publication Courts, Child Welfare, and Infant Mental Health:  Improving outcomes for abused/neglected infants and toddlers.  Nichole’s most recent publication was co-authored with Deborah Weatherston and Faith Eidson in the November 2017 issue of the ZERO TO THREE Journal titled, “Building Competency for Providers in the Early Childhood Mental Health Field: An Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement®.”



Dr Anusha Lachman
MBCHB,FCPSYCH,MMed,Mphil C&A(cum laude),Cert Child Psych (Cum laude)
Department of Psychiatry, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town South Africa

Anusha Lachman is a child & adolescent psychiatrist and clinician researcher in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University. She completed her subspeciality child psychiatry training through the Colleges of Medicine South Africa in 2012. She is currently appointed as a consultant child & adolescent psychiatrist and heads the paediatric consultation liaison service at the Tygerberg academic training hospital in Cape Town.

Her research and academic interests include paediatric neuropsychiatry and infant mental health in a developing world setting. She is currently working towards her doctoral dissertation in Infant Mental Health at Stellenbosch University under the co-supervision of Professor Kaija Puura at Tampere University, Finland.

Together with Prof Astrid Berg, Dr Lachman co-convenes the first Mphil degree in Infant Mental Health that is offered on the African Continent.  She is involved in the clinical and research supervision modules of the degree and is a local key opinion leader in First 1000 days of life initiative by the Western Cape Department of Health, SA. She is keen on strengthening the research and clinical services supporting infant and maternal mental wellbeing in South Africa.


Emerita Associate Professor Astrid Berg

 Astrid Berg is a Psychiatrist, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist as well as a Jungian Analyst. She is an Emerita A/Professor at the University of Cape Town and A/Professor Extraordinary at the Stellenbosch University. She consults to and teaches at the Parent-Infant Mental Health Services and Child Psychiatry Divisions at Stellenbosch University and, together with Dr Anusha Lachman is the Convenor of the newly established M Phil degree in Infant Mental Health at Stellenbosch University. She is a currently one of the Board of Directors of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.