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Robin Balbernie

SWISS COTTAGE

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SWISS COTTAGE

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I am currently clinical director of PIP UK, a national charity in Great Britain dedicated to help establish parent-infant projects across the United Kingdom. (See: www.pipuk.org.uk)  Previously I was Professional Lead for child psychotherapy and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in Gloucestershire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. For well over a decade, beginning with our national Sure Start programme (now unfortunately ended), I worked with the Children’s Centres in the county as clinical lead of the team providing an infant mental health service, known locally and nationally as ‘Secure Start’. I was also involved with the Intensive Baby Care Unit at Gloucester Royal Hospital and ran supervision groups for Health Visitors for over 25 years. (This is a universal free provision in the UK.) My interest in working with adopted children led me to the field of Infant Mental Health and early preventative intervention; and this became my speciality following a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship to look at related projects in America. I will never forget the kindness, expertise and enthusiasm I met in Michigan and New Orleans, as well as my day with Zero to Three.  I am an advisor to the Association of Infant Mental Health (UK) and was a member of the Young Minds’ Policy and Strategy Advisory Group. I have published papers in many journals, including the Infant Mental Health Journal, the British Journal of Psychotherapy, Family Law, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Attachment & Human Development, Young Minds, Nursery World, The International Journal of Birth & Parenting Education and the Journal of Child Psychotherapy. I consider myself extremely lucky to have been paid to do the best job in the world - helping parents fall in love with their babies - and Zero to Three has been an encouragement here since the last century.