Babies and Infants and Nurturing – St Peters Parish Hall, Peter Street, Drogheda

First Relationships Matter
The HSE’s Primary Care Psychology Service, County Louth is inviting
members of the public to attend a free talk on infant mental health on
Tuesday, 30th October, 2012 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm in St. Peter’s
Parish Hall, Peter Street, Drogheda.

The information session will be delivered by US psychologist Dr.
Deborah Weatherston, Executive Director of the Michigan Association
for Infant Mental Health and author of numerous articles on infant
mental health.

Deborah’s talk will focus on the importance of a baby’s first
relationship; this is the template on which all other relationships
are built. Infant mental health looks at promoting social emotional
development in babies and young children in the context of a nurturing
and loving relationship. Deborah will look at why a mother or
father’s (or carer’s) nurturing is so important and what a parent can
do to develop a nurturing relationship with their baby.

Deborah is in Ireland to deliver a three day infant mental health
skills training workshop for HSE staff working with babies and young
families. Principal Clinical Psychologists Marie French and Ger
O’Riordan are the organisers.

The infant mental health information talk is open to all members of
the public with an interest in this area including parents, childcare
workers, creche/montessori owners etc. HSE Department of Psychology
staff will also be on hand to give advice and direction in relation to
local services.