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Thursday, 23 May 2019
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Juané Voges (Chair) completed her B.Sc and Honours in Psychology at Stellenbosch University in 1999 and qualified as a Clinical psychologist from the Free State University in 2003. Since then, she has worked in community settings in rural areas of the Western Cape before moving to Ireland. Her interest in infant mental health grew as she attended training workshops in Attachment based family therapy while working at the Nenagh Child and family unit. She is currently a Senior clinical psychologist at Stikland Hospital and lecturer in Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University where she is pursuing her PhD on the topic of reflective function and mother-infant interaction in a group of women with peri-partum psychosis.

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Salisha Maharaj (Secretary) completed her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at Wits University in 2008. She worked in the Child and Family Unit at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Johannesburg for 8 years before moving to Cape Town in 2017. She is currently positioned as the Senior Clinical Psychologist at Tygerberg Hospital Child and Family Unit and Lecturer at Stellenbosch Universitys Department of Psychiatry. Salishas focus in the field of infant mental health is positioned in the realm of understanding and intervening with the dyad, as well providing advocacy and awareness of mental health issues related to infants and their family systems.

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Barbara Kantor (Treasurer) has an honours level BA in Recreational Therapy from the USA, which she practiced before moving to SA in 1989. In South Africa she worked at a special needs school and counselled for Life Line and Aids Training, Information and Counselling Centre before achieving her MA in counselling psychology. Barbara has pursued further learning in the areas of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, and Family Mediation, and is a Babies in Mind practitioner. Barbaras interest in working with children started in 1996 with the birth of her twins. She is currently working towards a post grad diploma in Therapeutic Communication with Children through the Institute for Psychodynamic Child Psychotherapy, and is a member of the Cape Town Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and South African Psychoanalytic Initiative Instinct group group. She now runs a private practice in Cape Town, working with both children and adults.

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Elvin Williams (Social media and website development) is a Consultant Occupational Therapist with extensive experience in program and policy development in the area of disability and rehabilitation.  His clinical experience ranges from infant, child and adolescent mental health, vocational and physical rehabilitation.  Elvin completed his M.Phil. (Infant Mental) training in 2018 and has recently been elected as a Board Member of the Western Cape Association for Infant Mental Health (WCAIMH).  He is currently employed as the Chief Operating Officer for the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa.

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