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Mr. ROBIN BALBERNIE

SWISS COTTAGE

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SWISS COTTAGE

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After retiring from the NHS I became clinical director of PIP UK, a national charity in Great Britain that was dedicated to help establish and support  parent-infant projects across the United Kingdom. I held this post for five years, but left when the period of creating and supporting IMH teams came to an end and the organisation evolved to more pressure group activities.  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.