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