On Thursday April 14th, 2016 the Education Department of Middlesex University Dubai, in partnership with Siena Advisory, held a symposium on Child Development and Infant Mental Health. The event was supported generously by the Al Qasimi Foundation, Ras al Khaimah allowing the workshop to be facilitated by practitioners from the Emirates, as well clinical specialists from the UK. Dr. Hussain Maseeh, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of Social Affairs at Dubai CDA, was joined by Dr. Bryn Williams, Dr. Stefan Peart, Dr. Joshua Carritt-Baker and Dr. Ken MacFadyen, practicing Clinical Psychologists from the UK in order to share knowledge, experience and evidence about young children, families and parenting, to promote and support best practice for those living and working in the UAE and the Gulf. Workshops the following Saturday were well attended and included role play activities related to Theraplay to support young children who may be exhibiting a typical behaviour as a result of attachment issues as well as a discussion and video analysis of how professionals can work with parents to support child development. The event was highly successful in bringing together like minded individuals, who are eager to ensure that children across the Emirates have the best opportunities straight from birth to develop into cognitively, emotionally and socially competent individuals. The Education faculty, Dr. Kay Sanderson, Mr. Douglas Russell and Ms. Glenys Henry would like to extend their thanks to all involved for developing and supporting the event, and to the participants for their input over the two days.
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