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A Brief Introduction to Perinatal Mental Health

 

Course overview

This course provides a brief introduction to perinatal mental health, with a focus on some specific perinatal mental disorders, and an overview of the potential risks associated with perinatal mental illness.

Developed in line with the perinatal mental health competency framework, the course builds knowledge and understanding in order to enhance the care given to women, infants and families during the perinatal period.

By the end of the course, you will have an increased awareness of some of the most common forms of perinatal mental illness, and will feel more confident navigating this complex area in your work.

Wondering what the course will be like? Download a summary of student & reviewer feedback (PDF).

 

Course aims

This course will allow you to:

  • Explore a range of factors that can affect a woman’s mental health during pregnancy and after birth, including her history and current context
  • Recognise the prevalence and symptoms of common perinatal mental disorders, including postnatal depression and postpartum psychosis
  • Gain an understanding of the risks associated with perinatal mental illness, including the risk of suicide and risk to the infant
  • Understand the importance of considering the infant’s perspective and how a mother’s mental health might affect the infant
  • Identify the various professionals and services from across the care pathway involved in women’s care during the perinatal period.

How will you learn?

  • Explore key concepts through interactive lecture content and videos
  • Deepen your understanding via regular opportunities for reflection
  • Explore how to improve your practice via an expert discussion
  • Access a range of relevant resources for free via an online reading list
  • Test your knowledge with a quiz, and unlock a certificate
 

Course topics

  • Factors from a woman’s history and current context which can affect her experience of pregnancy, birth and parenting, and her risk of perinatal mental illness
  • The experience and perspective of the woman’s partner, including their history, relationship and attitudes
  • The experience and perspective of the infant, and the importance of holding the infant in mind
  • Perinatal depression – prevalence, symptoms and diagnosis
  • Postpartum psychosis – prevalence, symptoms and diagnosis
  • Perinatal OCD – prevalence, symptoms and diagnosis
  • Overview of potential risks associated with perinatal mental disorders, including the risk of suicide and risk to the infant
  • Summary of the professionals and services involved in women’s care during the perinatal period.
 

Who is this course for?

We welcome anyone to this course who has a keen interest in the subject area. In particular, the course is for you if you are a:

  1. Mental health practitioner in non-specialist services (Adult and CAMHS) and are keen to develop your knowledge and skills in relation to the care of women in the perinatal period.
  2. Non-mental health professional who cares for women during the pregnancy and the postnatal period and you are keen to develop your knowledge and skills in perinatal mental health in order to improve the care you provide. You may be working as a:
      • Midwife or Maternity Support Worker
      • Obstetrician
      • Doula
      • Health Visitor or Health Visitor Assistant
      • Social Worker or other Practitioner within Social Care
      • Children’s Centre or Early Years Practitioner
      • Nursery Nurse
      • Third Sector Volunteer or Practitioner
      • Peer Support Worker.

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Course requirements/assessment

There are no specific requirements for the course, and there’s no assumption you’ll have prior knowledge in mental health – this course will provide a clear and accessible introduction to the subject, with a clinical focus.

There’s a multiple choice question assessment at the end of the course, unlocking a Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust certificate.

 

Course Timings

This course runs continuously, so you can sign up at any time. It offers five hours of self-directed learning which you can undertake at a time and pace that suits you.

You will have access to the course and its materials for a total of four weeks. Access begins the day after you’ve registered and paid, when you will receive login details by email.

 

Course facilitators

Dr Lucinda Green

Dr Lucinda Green

Dr Lucinda Green is a visiting lecturer and member of the perinatal faculty at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She has been a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist since 2002 and she has a passionate commitment to ensuring that women have high quality mental health care before, during and after pregnancy. She developed and led…
 

CPD Certified

CPD certified

This course has been independently evaluated for Continuing Professional Development purposes by The CPD Certification Service. This means that the learning activity meets global CPD standards and benchmarks, and the learning value has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality.

 

Book your place today

Our Mini Courses run continuously. You can book a place at any time using our secure 'MyTAP' booking system, and access begins the day after you’ve registered and paid, when you will receive login details by email.

 

Testimonials

5hrs that will enrich and strengthen your clinical skills to be more effective, knowledgeable and compassionate whatever your professional role. It is welcoming, well designed, with women’s experiences of becoming ill, of using services, of recovery, and their insights for improvements integral throughout. Frequent reflective sections stimulate the learner to consider application to their own clinical practice. You are signposted to excellent links and resources for further use. I really recommend this for any professional working with women and their families in the perinatal period.
Jill Demilew
Retired Consultant Midwife
Excellent content and even more engaging than I had hoped for.
Mini Course Student
It seems easy to navigate. The mixture of reading, pictures and videos is good. The key concepts section is broken down into good bite sized chunks and easy to work through. The videos from different women are powerful. I think this will be very useful for obstetricians at all stages of their career.
Miss Louise M Page
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
The course was well structured and easy to navigate, with clear progression markers and instructions for which resources to access next.
Mini Course Student
I really enjoyed this course it refreshed my knowledge, motivated me to learn more and gave me more confidence when working with perinatal mental illness. I particularly liked the balance of information given and then hearing women's experiences and discussion about perinatal mental illness with specialists.
Mini Course Student
I found this a clear and interesting introduction to perinatal mental health.
Mini Course Student
 
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