Emeritius Professor of Psychiatry, Robert Emde, presented the history and development of the field of Infant Mental Health in a plenary lecture at the 15th World Congress of WAIMH in Prague in 2016. He introduced his talk with the title: “Infant Psychiatry and the origins of WAIMH -Early Contributions that Energized the Field.”
In his remarks, Dr. Emde presented the history of the field of infant mental health, including early pioneers such as René Spitz, Selma Fraiberg, and T. Berry Brazelton. He talked about the science of early relationships and its relevance to early mental health, as well as the role the infant plays in effective clinical practice.
The presentation is published in the WAIMH Youtube channel and lasts for 1 hour 7 minutes. The video concludes with a period of discussion. Dr. Emde is introduced by WAIMH Affiliate Council Chair, Maree Foley.
Robert Emde is the Honorary President of World Association for Infant Mental Health. He is one of the most influential architects of Infant Mental Health, believing in the power of relationships to effect change and the impact of relationship on relationship, concepts of particular meaning within the infant mental health community. He is a prolific writer, having published over 300 scholarly articles read by infant mental health practitioners across the world.
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