WAIMH Perspectives in Infant Mental Health Book Club Invitation: Therapeutic Cultural Rituals & Routines to Build and Strengthen Family Relationships: Talk, Touch & Listen©

All readers of WAIMH Perspectives in IMH are invited to participate in a virtual online Book Club.

To start things off the first book that we are going to share together, is a newly released book.

Therapeutic Cultural Routines to Build Family Relationships: Talk, Touch & Listen While Combing Hair©

This book is edited by Marva L. Lewis and Deborah J. Weatherston.

You can read more about the authors by following this link: (view affiliations)

Book announcement from the Editors

Marva L. Lewis, PhD, Tulane University and Deborah J. Weatherston, PhD, Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, ZERO TO THREE Graduate Fellows, are pleased to announce the publication of their co-edited book, Therapeutic Cultural Routines to Build Family Relationships: Talk, Touch & Listen While Combing Hair© (SpringerNature, 2021).

Contributors from a wide range of disciplines explore the simple routine of combing hair as an emotionally powerful tool for social workers and other professionals in the infant and early childhood field to use when observing and interacting with Black and Indigenous families of color. Case stories deepen the understanding of painful childhood messages of colorism regarding racial features, specifically hair type and skin tone. Self-reflective questions invite personal and professional exploration through the anti-racist lens of culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Where can you get the book?

  1. You can buy the book (as a hard copy or as an eBook) at the following link: Therapeutic Cultural Routines to Build Family Relationships: Talk, Touch & Listen While Combing Hair©
  2. Check with your Local Library and or your University Library.
  3. Ask your Local or University Library to access the book for you.
  4. Google books has some of the text freely available: Therapeutic Cultural Routines to Build Family Relationships: Talk, Touch and … – Marva L. Lewis – Google Books

How will the book club work?

Step 1:

Each chapter in this book concludes with a series of reflective questions. These questions make an ideal springboard from which to frame shared responses, queries, and shared experiences.

Any reflections, thoughts, or questions can be emailed to Maree Foley (Editor-in-chief of Perspectives) at the following email: perspectives@waimh.org

Subject header: BookClub

Time frame: Comments to be shared by June 1.

When sharing reflections please indicate:

  1. Your consent to publish your name alongside your commentary, or
  2. Your consent to publish your commentary without publishing your name and instead to assign a pseudonym, or
  3. Your non consent to publish your commentary and your name.

Also, if you would like to be part of an online zoom call in the middle of the year, please give your consent to WAIMH so we can add your email to a group email for the purposes of inviting you to a WAIMH Perspectives Zoom Book Club call.

Step 2:

The reflections with a commentary from the editors will be shared in the next edition of WAIMH Perspectives in IMH in June 2022.

Step 3: Book club zoom

Mid-year, we will organise a southern hemisphere and northern hemisphere zoom call to meet the Editors and share reflections.

Authors

Maree Foley,
Editor-in-chief of Perspectives,
Switzerland