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

Students will develop understanding of the uniqueness and diversity of recovery and the lived experience of mental illness in the context of perinatal and infant mental health. This unit orients students to the biopsychosocial theoretical approach and multiple risk and protective factors that can influence physical health, mental health and wellbeing in parents, infants and their families. Attachment theory and mentalisationbased 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 recoveryoriented framework to best practice in perinatal and infant mental health.
  • Understand 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, keeping diversity in mind.

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