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This book is a collection of papers by clinicians united in their conviction about the importance of directly engaging and interacting with the baby in the presence of the parents whenever possible. This approach, which draws on the work of Winnicott, Trevarthen and Stern, honours the baby as subject. It re-presents the baby to the parents who may in that way see a new child, in turn shaping the infant's implicit memories and reflective thinking. Recent neurobiological, attachment and developmental psychology models inform the work.The book describes the underpinning theoretical principles and the settings and forms of direct clinical practice, ranging from work with acutely ill babies, to more everyday interventions in crying, feeding and sleeping difficulties, as well as infant-parent psychotherapy. Clinicians at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne from the disciplines of psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychology, nursing, speech pathology, child psychotherapy, paediatrics, and music therapy describe their work with ill and suffering babies and their families. Other contributors are community-based clinicians who have completed the University of Melbourne Graduate Diploma of Infant Mental Health.

"This book brings the reader even closer to the baby’s experience through the imaginative work of these Australian clinicians, in the way that they have built their interventions around the individual “baby as subject in the presence of the parents”. Coming from this perspective, the editors and authors deeply enrich the multidisciplinary field of infant mental health and the discipline of parent–infant psychotherapy." (Tessa Baradon, manager and lead clinician of the Anna Freud Centre Parent Infant Project, London, and Visiting Professor, School of Human and Community Development)"This collaborative, thought-provoking collection by leading professionals from a range of disciplines is a gratifying work of substantial scholarship and clinical richness. With its singular emphasis on the importance upon understanding the experience of the baby in the parent–infant relationship, Campbell Paul and Frances Thomson-Salo have provided us with a compelling book, which should become an indispensable resource for professionals working with infants and their families everywhere. This thoughtful and humane volume is a remarkable addition to the field of infant and child mental health. A timely and invaluable book." (Professor J. Kevin Nugent, Director, the Brazelton Institute)"The spirit of Donald Winnicott has travelled to Australia and inspired a large team of infant mental health professionals to create a stimulating book of their learning and achievement, both practical and theoretical. This volume should appeal to all professionals who aspire to help troubled parent–infant relationships become 'good enough'." (Dr Juliet Hopkins, Honorary Consultant Child Psychotherapist)"This volume captures an approach to infant–parent therapeutic intervention where the experience of the infant is central. The infant is seen as a communicating subject with a unique perspective and capacity to engage and use the therapies described. A variety of case examples are used to powerfully illustrate the importance of direct work with the infant and the therapist’s role in understanding the inner world of the infant." (Professor Louise Newman AM, Professor of Developmental Psychiatry, Director, Center for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology) Campbell Paul is a Consultant Infant and Child Psychiatrist at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and Honorary Principal Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. At the University he and colleagues established a Graduate Diploma and a Masters Course in Infant and Parent Mental Health. This course developed out of his longstanding experience in paediatric consultation liaison psychiatry and work in infant parent psychotherapy. He has a special interest in the understanding of the inner world of the baby, particularly as it informs therapeutic work with infants and their parents. With colleagues he has developed models of working in therapeutic groups with troubled parents and infants. He has been a consultant psychiatrist at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service has also been involved in the establishment of the Koori Kids Mental Health Network. He has worked with NT child mental health services in Central Australia. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the World Association for Infant Mental Health and has been a participant in and organizer of a number of local and international conferences and activities in the field of infant mental health.

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  • PDF | 336 pages
  • Campbell Paul(Author)
  • Routledge; 1 edition (October 30, 2013)
  • English
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  • By C on January 14, 2015

    I purchased this book with particular enthusiasm for the chapter of infants admitted to the intensive care unit (NICU/PICU) and was so disappointed by the lack of detailed description of the experience for either the infant or the mother. I had heard a lot of great things about the infant mental health programs offered in Melbourne with Campbell Paul. But if this text is any reflection, perhaps I've come to think differently. There is very little expansion of references made to concepts introduced by some of the attachment 'greats' and a range of assumptions made that were not supported by any evidence-base. The random inclusion of a few sentence on ECMO, ignoring the full range (and impact) or other more common neonatal treatment technologies was obscure. For instance, a far more common treatment - ventilation - and its long term impact on voice trauma and 'intrusion' would have been an interesting point to explore. I am still lost as to the differentiation between infant mental health and attachment theory, except for the problematic pathologising of infants and regeneration of commercial products like this one. Declarations made in response to the "paucity of research about this" such as "we need to find ways to show how our interventions work" is antithetical (and seemingly agenda driven) to empirical enquiry that guides most evidence-based research i.e. "do our interventions work?" Perhaps this is too unkind a read and simply reflects poor editing. Nonetheless, Fonagy's work on mentalizing, Ainsworth, Winnicott, Bowlby etc will all be a far more enriching read for the clinicians undertaking this very complex work and a better use of your hard earned dollars. Aside from the disappointing content, I found wading through the poorly edited expression of ideas infuriating. This chapter (and I haven't persisted with the rest) seemed slapped together.

  • By Susan Quinn on June 12, 2016

    Great book. Good information for anyone working with infants.


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