Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Certificate in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health and
Certificate in Infant Mental Health

Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN), South Australia

The 10 week Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health and Certificate in Infant Mental Health run on Wednesday afternoons from 3-6 pm. The course is also available via Telehealth and Webex.

Enrolments are encouraged from anyone working with infants and toddlers and/or their families, in particular from childcare, early childhood, CaFHS, WCHN staff, NGOs, CAMHS, private practitioners, child protection or mental health services.

These courses will also appeal to anyone working with pregnant and postnatal women, including midwives, CaFHS and child protection staff, GPs, staff of NGOs, private practitioners etc.

Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health 2019, Term 2

Currently running: Wednesdays, from 1 May – till 3 July 2019

Next available course will be Term 2, from Wednesday 29/04/2020 to 1/07/2020

The aims of this course are to:

  • Provide basic knowledge and skills to those who work with antenatal and postnatal women and their families
  • Improve their sense of confidence and competence in their work, particularly around understanding emotional needs of the woman and her family
  • Enable workers to reflect on how their own views and feelings impact in their work so that they can effectively use themselves in their work
  • Become familiar with perinatal mental health concepts in greater depth, to provide access to reading material and to see and hear the views of professionals and consumers in this area.

Course work will include:

  • Basic theories relevant to working with perinatal women and their families
  • working in small groups which provide opportunity for case discussion and self-reflection about working with perinatal families
  • lectures on more severe mental health issues in the perinatal period
  • How to recognise when things need further input from other professionals and where to get this help.

Assessment will be undertaken in the following way:

  • 80% attendance is required
  • Contribution to supervision groups
  • One 8 minute presentation on a topic relevant to that person's workplace.

Students will be required to successfully complete each of the above assessment requirements.

PDF iconCertificate of Perinatal Mental Health (1 May - 3 July 2019) Enrolment Package  (339kb)

Certificate in Infant Mental Health 2019, Term 3

Enrolments now open: Wednesdays, 24 July – 25 September 2019, 3pm–6pm

The aims of this course are to:

  • Provide basic knowledge and skills to those who work with infants and their families
  • Improve their sense of confidence and competence in their work, particularly around understanding infant and family emotional needs
  • Enable workers to reflect on how their own views and feelings impact in their work so that they can effectively use themselves in their work
  • Become familiar with infant mental health concepts with access to reading material, and in particular to other people who work in the same area.

Course work will include:

  • Basic theories relevant to working with infants and their families, in particular attachment and systems theories
  • Observing an infant or toddler once a week for the duration of the course and writing a diary about the experiences of observation
  • How to understand what is happening inside an infant and how to best help that infant’s emotional development
  • How to recognise when things are not going well and what to do in this situation
  • Reading from the following textbook – Clinical Skills in Infant Mental Health, 2nd edition (2011) as outlined in the weekly program. The text book can be purchased from all good book stores.

Assessment will be undertaken in the following way:

  • 80% attendance is required
  • Contribution to small group infant observation group
  • One 10 minute presentation on a topic relevant to that person's workplace.

Enrolment information

Cost for full fee paying students is $600; $300 for CAMHS staff. Every person successfully completing a course will receive a relevant Certificate from the Women's and Children's Health Network.

Enrolments will be accepted from people in order of receipt of full payment via Eventbrite. Cancellations made prior to one week before the course commences can be refunded in full.

For enquires email email Health.PIMHSHelenMayoHouse@sa.gov.au or telephone (08) 7087 1047.

Registrations are now open via the Eventbrite website:

Link iconEventbrite – Introductory Certificate in Infant Mental Health

last modified: 19 Jun 2019