Infant Mental Health Training
with a focus on infants at high risk
- 25 November - 27 November 2019
Berry Street in partnership with Austin Health and The Royal Children's Hospital are committed to delivering quality training in High Risk Infant Mental Health to improve the outcomes for infants, their families and carers.
This three-day introductory level course will have a particular focus on those infants who are at risk or otherwise vulnerable through adverse family circumstances and/or maltreatment. It also incorporates a neurodevelopmental approach to understanding the impact of maltreatment on infants according to the neurosequential model of therapeutics (Dr Bruce D. Perry).
This course will provide participants with:
- An increased knowledge of infant mental health and the impact of adversity on infant development and wellbeing; and
- Introduce those working with high risk infants to ways in which they can directly intervene to improve infant development and wellbeing.
Who Should Attend
This course will be of interest to people working in child protection, mental health, foster care, early parenting centres, maternal child health, private practice and family support agencies.
Early Bird Registration: $855.00 (incl. GST), register and pay before the 28th October 2019
Full Course Fee: $915.00 (incl. GST)
Please read our Payment Terms & Conditions
This is an inclusive course - there is no option to attend individual days or split registrations.
Some similar concepts will be discussed and presented throughout the course, however, each presenter will bring a different perspective to the discussion. The course will be a mix of lecture and interactive learning.
Each day will run from 9:30am - 4:30pm
Day 1: Introduction to Infant Mental Health and the Baby, Monday 25th November
Delivered by Associate Professor Campbell Paul and guests
Infant and caregiver relationships within the first months and years of life are profoundly important for the well-being of the child as a person, and for the overall development of the family. Babies have an amazing array of skills and capacities for engaging and initiating interactions with others, but perturbations in relationships with their parents and carers can see them traumatised and development derailed. This session will address research highlighting the intrinsic capacity of the baby to engage with parents, ways of assessing the infant parent relationship and the impact of trauma and some parental mental health problems upon the emerging child. Clinical and video vignettes will be used to illustrate these concepts.
Day 2: Working with Infants and Parents where there is Mental Illness, Tuesday 26th November
Delivered by Professor Anne Buist, Lisa Bolger and Holly Andrews
During day 2 you will examine the potential impact of mental illness on mothering capacity, its effects on the developing infant and attachment, as well as possible interventions and pathways to recover.
Day 3: Trauma, Maltreatment and Child Protection, Wednesday 27th November
Delivered by Berry Street Take Two
Take Two is a therapeutic service for children 0-17 years who have suffered trauma and neglect and works specifically with Child Protection clients. Treatment approaches focus on the repair of harmful outcomes and improvements in emotional health, relationships and development.
Trauma and maltreatment in infancy can have significant detrimental lifelong effects on development, learning and relationships. When working with vulnerable infants and their families it’s important to have a thorough understanding of normal development to monitor risk and promote wellbeing and health.
Take Two Consultants will provide specialised knowledge about key developmental areas including the developing brain, speech and language, learning, motor skills and relationships. The training will also focus on the subsequent impact on these domains when the infant experiences trauma and/or neglect.
A case will be presented to demonstrate the range of assessment and treatment approaches that are utilised in Take Two to understand and treatment trauma in infants.
Mantra Bell City, 215 Bell Street, Preston
Phone: (03) 9485 51000
Complimentary parking is available at the venue for delegates.
There are plenty of public transport options. For more public transport information please visit Public Transport Victoria.
Payment Terms & Conditions
Payment MUST be made at the time of registration and only credit cards (VISA and Mastercard) will be accepted. Your registration will not be confirmed unless payment has been processed.
A confirmation/tax invoice will be issued upon registration to your nominated email address.
A full refund will be issued for cancellations up until 7 days prior to the workshop. No refunds will be issued after this date however substitutions are welcome.
Please be advised if payment or cancellation notification is not received as per the above terms and conditions your ability to attend future event will be impacted.
Should Berry Street cancel a course for any reason, those registered at this time will be entitled to a full refund of registration fees only, and this will incur no administrative charges or penalties.
- 25 November - 27 November 2019