Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Intensive Training Package
Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Intensive Training Package
Perinatal and infant mental health is a specialised area of practice focusing on the emotional health and development of parents and infants. The perinatal period is a vulnerable time for parent-infant and couple relationships. It is the time of highest risk for a woman to develop, or have a reoccurrence of, a mental health condition; while men are also at increased risk of depression and anxiety during this life phase. Where parental mood disturbance is present, working clinically with only parental symptomatology is insufficient to address issues within the parent-infant relationship. By contrast, working with the dyad can help both mood symptoms and relationship difficulties. Australian clinical practice guidelines recommend assessment of mother-infant interaction as an integral part of postnatal care (beyondblue, 2011; COPE, 2017).
A baby’s developmental needs can be forgotten in the midst of parental exhaustion, the chaos of early parenting and in the presence of mental health issues. We explore ways to hold the baby in mind when working therapeutically with parents during the perinatal period.
This training program provides an overview of assessment, formulation and treatment in both the antenatal and postnatal phases incorporating the mother, father, infant and their relationships. Theories of development, attachment, interaction, object-relations, behaviour and cognition will be incorporated. Participants can expect an introduction to theoretical models and practical applications in working therapeutically with parents, infants and the parent-infant relationship. Detailed case studies are presented to strengthen formulation and treatment planning skills and highlight clinical work, with a focus on the parent-infant relationship and attachment themes.
Ongoing monthly meetings through our Perinatal Conversation Hour enables further integration of the workshop material into your practice. The consultations provide opportunity to discuss effective ways to integrate the material covered in the program in meaningful ways to your practice setting and the families you serve.
Position PIMH work within the two dominant frames of development and relationships
Explore Clinical Themes within the Psychology of Pregnancy and Postpartum
Learn ways in which maternal and paternal mood disturbance can impinge upon the normal developmental trajectory of the development of a Motherhood or Fatherhood Mindset
Assess and formulate maternal presenting issues, paternal presenting issues and infant presenting issues
Outline and explore infant mental health principles
Assess and formulate the parent-infant relationship and couple presenting issues
Introduction to the assessment of parent-infant interaction
Outline attachment theory, infant patterns, adult styles and interventions
Introduction to identification of parental reflective function capacities and limitations
Apply clinical principles from parent-infant interventions
Formulate and treatment plan through the lens of adult attachment styles
“Working with families during the perinatal period offers unique therapeutic opportunities. For parents, it is a time of developmental crisis when motivation is high to improve functioning and relationships. For infants, we have an opportunity to positively influence the trajectory of their social, emotional and relational development.” ~ Dr Bronwyn Leigh
Our signature training package is designed for multidisciplinary health professionals either currently working with, or who have a desire to work with, families during the perinatal period from a relational and developmental perspective. The training program is primarily targeted at those working in an ongoing therapeutic capacity with parents and their infants. In particular, this workshop is ideal for those who would like to include the infant and parent-infant relationship in the treatment of parental mood disturbance.
It is advisable not to engage in this training while pregnant or in the early postpartum.
Stable internet connection with camera and sound is required. The Zoom platform is used for the video conferencing meetings.
As this is a post-graduate level training, experience in mental health work is assumed. Assumed knowledge: experience in general assessment, diagnosis, formulation and treatment planning of mental health conditions.
This training program focuses on both knowledge acquisition and clinical skills development.
Participants are expected to engage in supplemental learning between live Sessions. Activities include viewing video tutorials (about 3hrs), reading and reflective exercises. Participants should allow up to 1.5hrs of supplementary learning each week between Sessions. It is expected participants will attend all Sessions live.
*Please note that this is a live training event and attendance and participation are expected.*
Please be sure to check all the dates and times for the training and be sure you can attend. However, I understand that things come up and it may not be possible to attend every session live. In the event that you cannot attend live due to an unforeseen event (eg, illness), the session will be recorded so you can watch later and do not miss the content. In order to receive a Certificate of Attendance for the training, no more than 2 sessions can be missed as participation is key to learning.
Limited participants in each cohort
37-hrsof active CPD points – 34-hrsof live training + 3-hrs of Video Lecturesto view between live sessions providing supplementary training
Opportunity to further CPD points via suggested reading and homework tasks
Fulltraining package facilitated by Dr Bronwyn Leigh, Director Centre for Perinatal Psychology, and Perinatal Training Centre
Closed Facebook group to share resources, discuss ideas and network
Detailed power point slides as a post-training professional resource
Helpful handouts and articles to build your knowledge and resource library
Recommendations for books, websites and further training opportunities
Certificate of Attendance
Perinatal Training Centre Certificate of Completion electronic logo
Balance due at least 4-weeks prior to commencement of training and can be made as a single payment or two payments. Cost includes GST and all participant inclusions
Cancellation Policy Cancellations: Full amount less $100 admin fee will be provided for cancellations received in writing up to two weeks prior to event. No refund after this time but registration is transferrable to another person to attend the same workshop.
When & Where – 2024 Dates
This training package will be available in Live Online format only during 2024
Group 1 – Tuesdays. Weekly frequency at 12noon-2pm and 1 x Saturday 10am-2.30pm. AEDT/AEST times. February – June.
Saturday 23 March 10am-12noon
Saturday 23 March 12.30pm-2.30pm
26 March 2-week break *daylight savings times ends 07 April – AEST from now
*AEDT = Australian Eastern Daylight Time AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time When moving from AEDT to AEST the clock in Melbourne/Sydney moves backwards by one hour, that means for those of you not changing from daylight savings times, we will meet 1-hr later. Please be sure to check the time in your location. This meeting planner can help.
Group 4 – Tuesdays. Weekly frequency at 12noon-2pm and 1 x Saturday 10am-2.30pm. AEST/AEDT July – November.
Saturday 07 September 10am-12noon
Saturday 07 September 12.30pm-2.30pm
3-week break – times change to AEDT*
[no meeting 05 November due to Cup Day holiday]
*AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time AEDT = Australian Eastern Daylight Time When moving from AEST to AEDT the clock in Melbourne/Sydney moves forwards by one hour, that means for those of you not changing to daylight savings times, we will meet 1-hr earlier. Please be sure to check the time in your location. This meeting planner can help.
Registrations open April 2024
Group 5 – Thursdays and Saturdays. Weekly frequency. AEDT times. October – November.
Dr Bronwyn Leigh is a Clinical Psychologist, perinatal and infant clinician and early parenting consultant. She is the Director of the Perinatal Training Centre and the Centre for Perinatal Psychology. Bronwyn specialises in the psychological aspects of becoming a parent, the emotional development of infants, and parent-infant relationships. She has contributed to research in the areas of maternal mood, prematurity and early parenting difficulties, and has been a national trainer in perinatal loss counselling. She was the founding member and inaugural National Convener of the Australian Psychological Society’s Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group (PIPIG). Bronwyn is experienced in the provision of clinical supervision, training and consultancy and has published in academic journals, presented at conferences and provided media interviews. Bronwyn co-authored Towards Parenthood: Preparing for the Changes and Challenges of a New Baby(ACER Press, 2009) a self-help reflective guidebook for parents during pregnancy and in the first year after having a baby.
Bronwyn has facilitated this PIMH training since 2012. It started as a 2-day workshop but the feedback was overwhelmingly that participants wanted more! It is currently offered as an expanded version. It has run in Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Darwin, Alice Springs, Melbourne, Launceston and Hobart with participants from around Australia and overseas.
Bronwyn has facilitated training in PIMH for various organisations and government agencies both in-person and online, including the Northern Territory Government (Darwin and Alice Springs), Government of South Australia, DHHS Victoria, Centacare and the Mater Hospital.
Price: AU$2045 Duration: 37-hrs Format: Live online + pre-recorded video lectures + closed Facebook group
Group 3 – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, May-June
Group 4 – Tuesdays, July-November
Group 5 – Thursdays & Saturdays, October-November
*See all dates under the ‘2024 Dates’ tab above
…without a doubt the most valuable PD I have ever done
Psychologist Brisbane Australia
Amazing training, really rich in content and very well organised. It offers a systematic in-depth overview of the field and provides resources for further reading and practical strategies on how to use the acquired knowledge. One of the best training courses I have ever had, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of it!
Marta Treven Malavašič
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Registrar Ljubljana, Slovenia
I adored the perinatal intensive training and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Bronwyn is so generous with her specialised knowledge and experience; and the training unfolded in a deliberate and reflective way. The training is especially lovely when delivered by Bronwyn, in a manner that I liken to a warm hug!
I am a better perinatal clinician for having undertaken it, and further, I highly value the opportunity to connect with so many passionate and like-minded peers.
Highly highly recommend!”
Psychologist Brisbane, Australia
Participated from Belgium. Excellent mixture of a theoretical knowledge and a practical experience. I absolutely love all about this training
Clinical Psychologist Belgium
“If you only do one course in perinatal mental health, do this one. I find myself recommending this course time and time again. It’s comprehensive, packed full of useful engaging evidence-based content that goes beyond diagnosis and treatment, teaching a deeper understanding of the relational aspects of infant, maternal and paternal mental health.
Clinical Psychologist Ballina, Australia
“I highly recommend this course as it is one of the best courses I have ever done. The facilitator is very knowledgeable and engaging and I was able to gain valuable insight and knowledge of the complexities of perinatal and infant mental health. As a midwife I believe that this training is imperative and of utmost importance in the holistic provision of antenatal and postnatal care.”
Registered Nurse and Midwife North Queensland, Australia
“I genuinely loved every aspect of this training and can honestly say it was by far the best training I have done, and I have already recommended it to a number of my colleagues.
I was very inspired by the delivery of the training – Bronwyn did an amazing job of holding both the content and the process of the “group think” really well, every session I left feeling inspired and in awe of her talent!”
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker Melbourne, Australia
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