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Health Visitor Infant Mental Health Champions Training

The aim of the Infant Mental Health Champions programme is to create leadership and raise awareness of the significance of the first years of life and infant mental health for later health and wellbeing – utilising the valuable opportunities that health visitors have through the provision of universal services in pregnancy and the critical early months to support the early relationship between parent and infant and to be an advocate for infant mental health as a policy priority.

Highly interactive and designed to build on existing skills and knowledge, the Champions training utilises a range of video clips of infant-adult interaction, presentations and the “baby sleep/wake state” model, with the two days based around group discussion and learning applicable to health visiting practice.

The training encourages the Champion to adopt a reflective stance to become a keen observer of infant behaviour, be curious and wonder with parents what the behaviour might mean, and link observations with parent responses to validate and affirm the parenting.

As with all our Champions training programmes, the Infant Mental Health Champions training also equips the Champion with materials to deliver a cascade of IMH Awareness level training for health visiting colleagues.

Participating in this training will equip you for the Health Visitor IMH Champion’s role over the following modules:

  • Transitions to parenthood – his, hers and theirs
  • Building relationships
  • Infant observations
  • Parallel processes

More about the programme:

We have now delivered training to 298 Health Visitor IMH Champions across England (June 2017).

“Encouraging – as a participant I was made to feel that my contributions were valued; relaxed and informative – information imparted in a particularly engaging manner; supported by the use of video clips, the underpinning theory and the excellent resource pack.”

Health Visitor – May 2017.

“The trainers have such fantastic knowledge base and I really enjoyed being taught by the person who actually devised the training and shared her amazing experiences. Was open and able to ask questions and session was led by the discussions in the training. Really, really enjoyed, thank you!”

Health Visitor – May 2017