Congratulations to Catherine Maguire on her recent election to the Board of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) along with Hisako Watanabe (Japan). Catherine will join Board Members from around the world to progresses WAIMH’s aim to promote the psycho-social wellbeing in infancy. This position will allow Catherine to bring the cultural, regional, and environmental variations experience in an Irish context to discussions. WAIMH also generates and disseminates scientific knowledge, giving YK and Ireland opportunities to engage in the transfer and sharing of knowledge and information with our international colleagues working in this area.

Catherine Maguire is the Infant Mental Health Specialist with the Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme. Catherine is responsible for the implementation of an Infant Mental Health Framework integrated across the whole programme and is the lead for the Infant Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy suite of services to families, including Infant Mental Health Home Visiting Programme and Infant Mental Health compatible group offerings from pre-birth to 3. Catherine and the YK team, have also trained over 600 practitioners in Infant Mental Health and supported the establishment and development of Infant Mental Health Network Groups, locally and nationally. This comes on the back of over a decade of work by Catherine, her own Infant Mental Health skills,  knowledge and accreditation acquisition, which she has shared generously within the local community, wider services provision, and government policy levels.

Of her recent appointment to the Board of WAIMH, Katherine Harford, Programme Manager with Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme, says “we are all very pleased for Catherine. It is a reflection of her leadership, vast knowledge and ability to translate international knowledge to a local context, for the benefit of all, and especially outcomes for children, through their relationship with their parents, caregivers, services and communities. I hope much of that translation experienced at a local and national level now has the opportunity to inform the international community too.”

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