AAIMH WA Presents:

Introduction to Marte Meo

Date:      Saturday, 29th June 2024
Time:      9am to 4pm (WA local time) Registration start at 8:45am     
Venue:    Ngala, 9 George St, Kensington


Early Bird Prices:
AAIMH Members- $100
Non-members- $165
Click here to register.


Sally Watson graduated as a Social Worker over 40 years ago. Since that time, she has worked in a  range of settings including statutory child protection, community health, hospitals, and child and adolescent mental health, in both management and clinical positions in Qld, NSW, SA and England.

For the last 22 years, she has worked in infant mental health and is currently working at Helen Mayo House in an outpatient research project for mothers with a Borderline  Personality Structure and their babies offering ABC (Attachment Biobehavioural Catch-up). Sally is also an ABC Supervisor and is trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy and has completed a number of other trainings such as Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT), Adult Attachment Interview, and Insightfulness Assessment.

Sally commenced her Marte Meo training in 2008, when AAIMH (SA Branch) brought Maria Aarts, the developer of Marte Meo to Adelaide. Sally became a Marte Meo trainer in 2010 and became a Licensed Marte Meo Supervisor in 2012.


Marte Meo is a strengths-based approach developed in The Netherlands by Maria Aarts. The term is translated from Latin as 'on one's own strength'. This approach helps parents learn practical and concrete ways to interact with their children, strengthening their relationship and supporting their child's social and emotional development.

What is in the training?

In this one-day face-to-face training, you will learn about the Marte Meo Method through a range of video demonstrations of parent-infant/child dyads. This training will help you hone your observational skills and identify the Marte Meo elements of following and leading.

What will you learn?

  •  The key elements to support social and emotional development through relationships in everyday moments of interaction.

By watching videos demonstrating parent and child interactions, you will gain knowledge on the following topics:

  • An overview of the Marte Meo Method
  • How to recognise the fundamental supportive communication elements of the Marte Meo Method
  • How to use Marte Meo in your daily practice
  • An introduction to video interaction analysis

If you are new to Marte Meo, this will help determine if the practitioner training suits you and your practice.

Infant Mental Health Competencies

  Theoretical Foundations
Relationship-focused practice
   Infant/very young child development & behaviour
   Infant/very young child & family-centred practice

   Analysing information      

Professional development

  Direct Service Skills
  Observation & listening

Please consider joining AAIMH Western Australia to build on your knowledge of Infant Mental Health - https://www.aaimh.org.au/membership/how-to-join/.