At a 17 November event celebrating more than 30 years of work by of the School of Infant Mental Health, Ewan King (and Group) received the 'Parent Infant Advancement Award' in recognition and appreciation for promoting parent infant well-being through music to parents and babies. The award was presented to Ewan by Dr Stella Acquarone, founder and principal of the Parent Infant Centre, for Oldtime Nursery, the interactive drop-in music session for babies, toddlers and older children accompanied by their parents or carers held every Tuesday (10:00 - 11:00am) and Thursday (10:30 - 11:30am). The celebration was held in London’s Freud Museum. Over the past 30 years the School of Infant Mental Health has trained many scores of Parent Infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists. As well as in the UK, the School’s trainees and graduates can now be found elsewhere in Europe, and in Africa, Asia, Australia, and North and South America.
After the applause, Stella said that “Ewan has a wonderful group - apart from the other very many things that he has - for mothers and fathers and carers and their babies... and I have sent many extremely depressed mothers to that group on Tuesdays and Thursdays and he and his group of friends, who are extremely good musicians, sing and play all the instruments in all the forms and in all the ways and jump around and it’s so jolly and so full of life. It’s really worthwhile. Thank you very much! Ewan is the minister of Heath Street Baptist Church, and it has a fantastic music programme.”
[Photographs are available in the full version of the December 2022 - January 2023 church newsletter here.]