ACP members win awards at the Infant Mental Health Awareness Week PIPUK conference

This week we have been tweeting information and images about infant mental health awareness and the importance of providing the right support at the beginning of life, helping babies, young children and their caregivers to form strong and healthy realtionships. As psychoanalytic psychotherapists we know that getting it right - right at the start is vital to being able to establish healthy ways of relating to others into the future. 

Children who don't have these secure relationships and consistent care as babies, find it much harder to build healthy relationships later in lfe. This is key area of our work as child psychotherapists. See also: ACP member authors guidance for HEE on specialist health visitors for perinatal and infant mental health. We are therefore delighted to announce that two of our members have won awards for their excellent work in this area:

Dilys Daws won the Andrea Leadsom Award for: Outstanding contribution to the field of Infant Mental Health - An exceptional, and inspirational individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of Infant Mental Health nationally.  In accepting her award Dilys spoke about the importance too, of taking care of the mental health of those looking after the mental health of others. 

And Sara Rance won the Infant Mental Health Practitioner award: An exceptional Infant Mental Health practitioner who is innovative in his/her approach to the field of Infant Mental Health, and who continually delivers above, and beyond what is expected.  Robin Balbernie child psychotherapist who presented Sara with her award, said: "I was really pleased to be called upon to present the inaugural ‘Infant Mental Health Practitioner Award’ to Sarah  at the recent Infant Mental Health Awareness Week conference. I have known Sarah and her work with vulnerable families struggling to form a fulfilling relationship with their baby or toddler, for some time and have always found something to learn from her ability to focus on both current struggles and those unconscious revenants intruding on the caregiving relationship. She is an exceptional infant mental health practitioner and this is a well-deserved award. 

Jane Barlow, Professor of Public Health at Warwick Medical School and president of AIMH UK also received an award for: Outstanding researcher in the field of Infant Mental Health.
Congratulations and well done to All! 
Below - 1. Dilys Daws receiving her award, 2. Sara Rance receiving hers