Relationship Based Approaches to Intervention in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

Relationship Based Approaches to Intervention in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

Graduate Diploma
Semester 2 - Perinatal and Infant unit

Early relationships and the early years of development are critical determinants of a child’s capacity for resilience, learning, health and wellbeing throughout life. This unit introduces students to a range of intervention models specific to an infant mental health perspective. Students will evaluate and integrate approaches in contemporary practice and will apply their knowledge to the development of intervention plans that promote collaborative care and evidence-based treatment. The experiential component of the course facilitates the integration of theory and practice and develops capacity for observation and reflection. These core skills will enable students to better understand infant development, facilitative parent-infant interactions and work with families in a relationshipsbased framework.


Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand intervention models specific to contemporary practice in perinatal and infant mental health.
  • Develop advanced observational skills specific to infant communication, parent-infant interaction and awareness of the infant’s subjective emotional experience.
  • Critically apply theoretical frameworks to the observation process considering diversity of individuals and families and the influence of a range of social contextual and cultural factors.
  • Apply understanding of principles of a relationship-based approach to the formulation and development of a management plan in a clinical case of an infant and their family.

Weekly Schedule
Week 1 Introduction to Intervention in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
Week 2 Getting started: Essential Clinician Skills
Week 3 Models of Observation
Week 4 Observation in Practice
Week 5 Attachment Based Interventions I
Week 6 Attachment Based Interventions II
Week 7 The Transition to Parenthood
Week 8 Interventions in Sleeping, Settling and Feeding Difficulties
Week 9 Toddlerhood
Week 10 Trauma Interventions
Week 11 Psychoeducation and Health Promotion
Week 12 Peer-Run Interventions
Week 13 Complementary and Alternative Interventions
Week 14 Interventions with Specific Populations
Week 15 The Self of the Clinician in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health