Promoting Recovery and Resilience in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

Promoting Recovery and Resilience in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

Graduate Certificate
Semester 2 - Perinatal and Infant unit

This unit will develop student understanding of the uniqueness and diversity of recovery and the lived experience of mental illness in the context of perinatal and infant mental health. Its biopsychosocial theoretical approach orients students to the multiple risk and protective factors that can influence physical health, mental health and wellbeing in parents, infants and their families. Attachment theory and mentalisation-based practice is presented in the unit as a framework for understanding the importance of early relationships in shaping later development and as an evidence base for best practice in working with infants and young children.


Learning Outcomes

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

  • Critically appraise the contribution of a recovery-oriented framework to best practice in perinatal and infant mental health.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the biopsychosocial vulnerabilities particular to perinatal and infant mental health and their impact on parents, the infant and significant others.
  • Conceptualise and critically appraise appropriate interventions through an attachment and mentalising framework, with explicit consideration and inclusing of the diversity of consumers.

Weekly Schedule
Week 1 Recovery and Resilience in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
Week 2 The Concept of Resilience
Week 3 Resilience in Practice
Week 4 Resilience and the Infant Brain
Week 5 Infant’s Internal Risk and Protective Factors
Week 6 Family and Environmental Risk and Protective Factors
Week 7 Attachment
Week 8 The Impact of Loss, Stress and Trauma I
Week 9 The Impact of Loss, Stress and Trauma II
Week 10 Resilient Parenting
Week 11 Children of Parents with Disability
Week 12 Children of Parents with Mental Illness
Week 13 Fathers
Week 14 Incarcerated Mothers and their Children
Week 15 The Importance of Play