The key note speech delivered by professor Bernard Golse on the occasion of the working group co-organised by the European Association of “Child and adolescent psychopathology” (AEPEA) in cooperation with the “Hellenic Society for infant Mental Health” (WAIMH Greece), in the framework of the “10th Hellenic Paedopsychiatric Conference of the Paedopsychiatric Society of Greece”, which was held in the amphitheatre of the Aeginition Hospital, Saturday 30/09/2017.
Scientific Coordinator: Meropi Michaleli, Ph.D
A multidisciplinary training program organized by the Hellenic Society for Infant Mental Health. The program was addressed to health care professionals from various disciplines (obstetricians-gynaecologists, paediatricians, neonatologists, midwives, nurses, health visitors, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists), who provide services to maternity and neonatal/ infant care settings in the public and private health sector across Greece.
The 100-hour program took place over 10 weekends (approximately two sessions per month, 9/2015 – 2/2016) and involved 70 hours of taught sessions and small group discussions and 30 hours of clinical training. Educators were experienced professionals and university scholars from a wide range of clinical and professional backgrounds, so as to highlight the necessity of interdisciplinary collaboration for the prevention of mental health pathology and morbidity among expectant mothers, infants and their families.
Taught sessions covered the following topics:
The importance of early therapeutic interventions during perinatal period
Pregnancy, birth, the newborn: Nature’s path
The crucial role of early experiences for the architectural construction of the brain, ego development and individual behaviour
Stress during pregnancy and child development: current data
Building mother-infant relationship and its importance for the mental health of children and adults
Communication capabilities of infants: their evaluation and role in facilitating parent-infant relationship. Discussion of videotaped mother-infant interactions
The interdisciplinary team of health professionals: its role in supporting parents and newborns as a crucial factor in prevention of psychopathology
Brief psychoanalytic psychotherapy intervention for families with infants and toddlers. Theoretical and clinical data
The importance of early detection of developmental disabilities and intervention during early childhood
Temperamental and regulatory disorders of newborns and infants. Mechanisms of interaction and organisation of sensory systems during neonatal and infancy period
Intervention protocols at NICU and early interventions for premature and term neonates and infants
Femininity and infertility
The impact of assisted reproduction technologies on early mother- infant relationship, and maternal (and / or infant) psychopathology
Prenatal screening and decision making on pregnancy termination
Perinatal death: health professionals confronted with perinatal loss