How a ‘village’ approach can support infant and toddler mental health

Healthcare > Psychology4/3/2024 2:00 AM

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Supporting infant and child mental health can be both extremely rewarding and challenging for practitioners working with families. Many different factors influence infant and toddler mental health, including their relationships, their community and the broader social context in which they live. While having limited social supports can contribute to poor mental health in children and their parents or carers, having a rich social support system, or a ‘village’, can promote mental health and wellbeing. This ‘village’ can include family members, friends and other trusted community members such as educators, community leaders, and healthcare providers. Practitioners can offer families more effective support by understanding their ‘village’ and what might be stopping families from reaching out for emotional or practical support. This webinar will discuss how to work collaboratively with families to engage with their ‘village’ and how this approach can influence infant and toddler mental health. Panellists will explore practice strategies that promote infant and toddler mental health and explore how asking questions about the family’s ‘village’ can help you better understand a family’s needs and strengths.


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Australian Institute of Family Studies

Australian Institute of Family Studies

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) conducts research to inform government policy and family services. They provide evidence-based research reports, snapshots, and facts and figures on a range of topics including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, adolescents and young people, adoption, ageing, alcohol and other drug use, carers, child abuse and neglect, child care and preschool, and many more. AIFS also offers practice resources such as webinars, practice guides, policy and practice papers, and resource sheets to support professionals working in the family sector. Additionally, AIFS organizes the AIFS Conference, a biennial event that brings together policy makers, practitioners, and researchers to exchange ideas and network.