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. Please contact us if you have queries about this.

Knowledge of the Australian Clinical Practice Guideline is assumed. The ‘Mental Health Care in the Perinatal Period’ (Austin, M-P, Highet, N. & the Expert Working Group, 2017) document should be familiar to participants prior to the training.

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-hrs of active CPD points – 34-hrs of live training + 3-hrs of Video Lectures to view between live sessions providing supplementary training
  • Opportunity to further CPD points via suggested reading and homework tasks
  • Full training 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 
  • Eligible to continue your professional development upon course completion through our Perinatal Conversation Hour monthly meetings
  • Eligible to participate in our Reflective Supervision Groups

Registration Fee: AU$2045

$600 deposit required at Registration

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.

  1. 13 February
  2. 20 February
  3. 27 February
  4. 05 March
  5. 12 March
  6. 19 March
  7. Saturday 23 March 10am-12noon
  8. Saturday 23 March 12.30pm-2.30pm
  9. 26 March
    2-week break *daylight savings times ends 07 April – AEST from now
  10. 16 April
  11. 23 April
  12. 30 April
  13. 07 May
  14. 14 May
  15. 21 May
  16. 28 May
  17. 04 June

*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 1 – Bookings closed

Group 2 – Thursdays and Saturdays.
Weekly frequency.
AEST times.
April – June.

  1. Saturday 27 April 10am-12noon
  2. Thursday 2 May 11am-1pm
  3. Saturday 04 May 10am-12noon
  4. Thursday 09 May 11am-1pm
  5. Saturday 11 May 10am-2.30pm (2 sessions)
  6. Thursday 16 May 11am-1pm
  7. Saturday 18 May 10am-2.30pm (2 sessions)
  8. Thursday 23 May 11am-1pm
  9. Saturday 25 May 10am-2.30pm (2 sessions)
  10. Thursday 30 May 11am-1pm
  11. Saturday 01 June 10am-2.30pm (2 sessions)
  12. Thursday 06 June 11am-1pm
  13. Saturday 08 June 10am-12noon

*AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time
Please be sure to check the time in your location.
This meeting planner can help.

Group 2 – Bookings closed

Group 3 – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays.
AEST times.
May – June.

  1. Wednesday 15 May 12noon-2pm
  2. Wednesday 22 May 12noon-2pm
  3. Wednesday 29 May 12noon-2pm
  4. Wednesday 05 June 12noon-2pm
  5. Tuesday 11 June 10am-2.30pm (2 sessions)
  6. Wednesday 12 June 10am-2.30pm (2 sessions)
  7. Thursday 13 June 10am-2.30pm (2 sessions)
  8. Tuesday 18 June 10am-2.30pm (2 sessions)
  9. Wednesday 19 June 10am-2.30pm (2 sessions)
  10. Thursday 20 June 10am-2.30pm (2 sessions)
  11. Wednesday 26 June 12noon-2pm

*AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time
Please be sure to check the time in your location.
This meeting planner can help.

Group 3 – Bookings closed


Group 4 – Tuesdays.
Weekly frequency at 12noon-2pm and 1 x Saturday 10am-2.30pm.
July – November.

  1. 23 July
  2. 30 July
  3. 06 August
  4. 13 August
  5. 20 August
  6. 27 August
  7. 03 September
  8. Saturday 07 September 10am-12noon
  9. Saturday 07 September 12.30pm-2.30pm
  10. 10 September

3-week break – times change to AEDT*

  1. 08 October
  2. 15 October
  3. 22 October
  4. 29 October

[no meeting 05 November due to Cup Day holiday]

  1. 12 November
  2. 19 November
  3. 25 November

*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.

Register for Group 4 – Pay by instalments

Register for Group 4 – Full Payment

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

2024 Dates

Group 1 – Tuesdays, February-June – Bookings closed

Group 2 – Thursdays & Saturdays, April-June – Bookings closed

Group 3 – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, May-June – Bookings closed

Group 4 – Tuesdays, July-November – Registrations open

*See all dates under the ‘2024 Dates’ tab above

…without a doubt the most valuable PD I have ever done

Laura Grace
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!”

Sarah Edwards
Psychologist Brisbane, Australia

Participated from Belgium. Excellent mixture of a theoretical knowledge and a practical experience. I absolutely love all about this training

Cansu Güngör-Delcourt
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.

Lucy Frankham
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.”

Anne Franettovich
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!” 

Karen Barnett
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker Melbourne, Australia
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