ITSIEY: An introduction to perinatal and infant mental health

This module introduces students to the field of perinatal, infant and early years’ mental health. It draws on neurobiology and developmental research, attachment, systems, psychodynamic theory and clinical work, to give students a cutting edge knowledge-base about early development of the infant and young child.  Normative development and disturbance in the development of the baby/young child are addressed from conception to age 5  taking into account the family, cultural and legislative contexts in which the child is raised. There is a focus on areas of development, including the brain, that are affected by trauma and disruptions in attachment relationships.

The module has been created to provide a developmental journey for students that models that of the transition to parenthood. The module builds on students’ knowledge and skills from conception through pregnancy, birth and the early years – considering the key issues in the parent-infant relationship up until the child is 5 years old.

The module will also consider practitioners’ roles in working with the parent fetus/infant/toddler relationship, within different contexts and cultures, and the use of observation skills and reflective practice to underpin evidence based practice.


Seminar 1: An introduction to perinatal and infant mental health

Seminar 2: Pregnancy and preparing for the transition to parenthood

Seminar 3: Birth and meeting the baby

Seminar 4: The interface of adult and child mental health and an introduction to attachment

Seminar 5: The neurobiology of parent-infant relationships in the early years

Seminar 6: Parent-infant interactions in the postnatal period: the inner and outer worlds of early infancy

Seminar 7: Parent-child interactions in the early years: the inner and outer worlds in toddlers

Seminar 8: Parent-infant observation: the theory and technique of direct observation and its relation to evidence based practice.

Who is this training suitable for?

ITSIEY is suitable for allied mental health professionals working in the field of infant mental health e.g. nurses, therapists, psychologists, family therapist, health visitors and psychiatrists. If you have any specific questions about the suitability of the module for your practice, please email [email protected]

Date: 08 January 2018
Time: 09:30-16:30
Location: The Anna Freud Centre
Speakers: Michela Biseo
Jill Domoney
Claudia De Campos
Graham Music
Sara Rance
Nicola Labuschagne
Camilla Rosan
Costs: £800 (5 day course)
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