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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.
Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to: