Course 3: Care of women with severe and complex mental illness during the perinatal period
Perinatal mental disorders may require the management of extreme risk to a mother and her baby. This course aims to enhance the skills and competencies of mental health practitioners who assess and manage women who develop severe mental disorders during pregnancy and in the first year postnatally. Developed in line with the perinatal mental health competency framework, the course will address a range of topics to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to work competently and effectively.
A series of presentations, led by visiting lecturers and other expert contributors, will cover the range of disorders, presentations and potential risks that practitioners need to be able to understand and manage. The importance of the baby’s perspective will be considered throughout all aspects of the course.
The course will have formal teaching sessions with group exercises and case discussions.
The course will cover the following areas:
The mental health practitioner
Understanding the perinatal context
Working across agencies and disciplines
Understanding “attachment behaviour”
Understanding one’s own emotional responses
Assessing and managing risk
Keeping the partner/father and family in mind
Contributing to clinical decision-making
Considering psychological treatment
Considering the mother-baby relationship
Working with inpatient psychiatric mother and baby units
Working with social care to manage risk to the baby and children
Post partum psychosis
Schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder
Physical and psychological treatments
This course meets the Perinatal Competency framework domains as detailed here
"Excellent course – very comprehensive and has helped me develop confidence in assessing perinatal women"
"I found every bit of the content, relevant, informative, and interesting. Every person working with pregnant women should have this training"
"Extremely useful for clinicians especially as perinatal mental health is such a highly specialist area and there appears to be a lack of appropriate training available. I would highly recommend this course to fellow mental health clinicians /colleagues."
This course will be delivered online over four half-days. Dates will be confirmed here in due course.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you are interested in commissioning places.
The fee per person when commissioning individual places on this course is £575 per person
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