Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

A foundational developmental period that shapes a child’s capacity for resilience.

The Perinatal and Infant specialisation develops capacity to apply evidence-based knowledge and advanced skills to work with infants, parents and their families.

This interdisciplinary field focuses on the health and development of parents and infants from the planning of conception through to three years postpartum. It is a significant life stage and foundational development period that shapes parent functioning and a child’s capacity for resilience, learning, health and wellbeing throughout life.

Keeping diversity in mind, this specialisation takes a relationship-focused approach to assessment, formulation and intervention. Learning experiences include work-integrated learning and in vivo observations of infant-parent interaction supported by reflective practice and group discussion.

The Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma is offered in 50 hour units over a 5 week teaching period. This includes:

  • Knowledge units (units with a ‘K’ in the code) that are self-directed, independent learning units. You can enrol in these units at any teaching period and complete at your own pace over 10 weeks. This gives you flexibility to manage your study load.
  • Foundation units (units with an ‘F” in the code) are only available in one teaching period as shown on the schedule below

2023 Unit Schedule

Graduate Certificate 2023

Graduate Diploma 2023