Relationship Based Approaches to Intervention in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (100204)

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

Early relationships and the early years of development are critical determinants of a child’s capacity for resilience, learning, health and wellbeing throughout life. Relationship Based Approaches to Intervention in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health introduces students to a range of intervention models specific to an infant mental health perspective. Students will evaluate and integrate approaches in contemporary practice and will apply their knowledge to the development of intervention plans that promote collaborative care and evidence-based treatment. The experiential component of the course facilitates the integration of theory and practice and develops capacity for observation and reflection. These core skills will enable students to better understand infant development, facilitative parent-infant interactions and work with families in a relationships-based framework.

Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of intervention models specific to contemporary practice in perinatal and infant mental health.


Develop advanced observational skills specific to infant communication, parent-infant interaction and awareness of the infant’s subjective emotional experience.


Critically apply theoretical frameworks to the observation process considering diversity of individuals and families and the influence of a range of social contextual and cultural factors.


Apply understanding of principles of a relationship based approach to the formulation and development of a management plan in a clinical case of an infant and their family.