Course 6: Perinatal training for psychologists and therapists in CAMHS and adult mental health teams

Course overview

This is a two day course in Perinatal Mental Health for psychologists and therapists in CAMHS and adult mental health teams which has been developed in line with the HEE PMH Competency Framework and aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to work with women with mental health problems who are  pregnant or in the year following childbirth. 

The course is led by visiting lecturer. It will cover maternal mental disorders, risk assessment and management. The importance of the baby’s development and perspective will be considered throughout all aspects of the course.

This course is also available as bespoke training and can be delivered in your local area. Contact for details. 

The course will cover

The Perinatal Context

The Perinatal Frame of Mind

Multi-disciplinary Team Working

Maternity and Health Visiting Services



Assessing Risk

PMH Services and Care Pathways

Conditions and treatment

Mood Disorders


Anxiety Disorders


Personality Disorder

Individual Psychological Treatment

Working with Groups

Parent Infant Therapy

Prescribing in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Dates for this training are to be confirmed however we can also run the course in your local area. 

Day 1

9.00 Coffee and Registration

9.15 Introductions

9:30 Perinatal Frame of Mind. 

10.10 The Perinatal Frame of Mind: from a baby’s perspective. 

10.50 BREAK

11.10 Perinatal services, roles and working together across the care pathway

12:15 LUNCH

13:00 Psychological Formulation in the Perinatal Period. 

13.45 Psychological Therapy in the Perinatal Period. 

14:45 BREAK

15:00 The power of Video Interventions in the Perinatal Period. 

15:45 Understanding ‘attachment behaviour’ and defensive processes within parents, babies and perinatal teams.

16:45 Reflections and Questions

17:00 FINISH

Day 2

9.00 Registration and coffee

9.15 Introductions

9.30 Mental Disorders and symptoms (including medication)

10.30 Risk & Safeguarding. 

11.15 BREAK

11.30 Complex risk: understanding violence in the perinatal period. 

12.30 LUNCH

13.15 An evolutionary perspective on how personalities form and become defensively disordered. 

14.45 BREAK

15.00 Developmental ‘touchpoint’ times of change for parents, babies and perinatal teams. 

16:00 Reflections & Questions & feedback

16:30 FINISH

For further information or if you have any queries, please contact us at

Dates for this training are to be confirmed however we can also run the course in your local area. 

To be confirmed

Course length:
2 days
Admission status:
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