Assessment and Formulation in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (100104)

Unit Type Core Unit
Credit Points 10
Delivery Mode e-Learning (online), Part Time

This unit presents a relationship-based, developmental approach to assessment and formulation in perinatal and infant mental health. Given the centrality of early relationships in shaping infant development, the primary focus is on building student capacity to work collaboratively with parents, to identify and understand strengths, vulnerabilities, and potential for change in these early relationships. The impact of wider social and cultural factors is discussed and case studies and workplace learning experiences facilitate the integration of theoretical concepts and practical applications. The context and principles of assessment, process of assessment, clinical formulation, assessment of risk, parenting capacity and the parent-infant relationship are explored.

Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate collaborative assessment processes in the identification, interpretation and reporting of biopsychosocial risk and protective factors important in shaping perinatal and infant mental health.  This includes the assessment of common presentations in pregnancy and infancy as well as the assessment of parenting capacity and the parent-infant relationship.


Identify both typical and atypical development during pregnancy and infancy through formal observation and assessment, and in day-to-day interactions with the infant and family.


Articulate a collaborative individualised case formulation that includes strengths, adaptive capacities, short and long-term needs, and review of progress.