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Course APP01


This course is aimed at health and social care Practitioners who have a working knowledge perinatal mental health and illness.  The course helps them to understand the assessment process for both parents and how to explore management options . The course consists of a 6 hour session and is also available as an eLearning course.  The eLearning course has a scenario that can be completed by the participant. This course has a certificate  and if correct the Participant will receive a Certificate.

As this course is a part of the Awareness course, it has been Certified by Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The course is facilitated by Dr Jane Hanley and Lopa Vibhakar, who have significant experience working with parents and using the assessment tools

Upon completion of the course, Participants will have a clear understanding of the assessment process

The Participants will be confident to recognise the signs and symptoms of parents’ mental health issues and disorders, with discussion on how to signpost effectively. Participants will also understand the initial clinical diagnosis, with a chance to try the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale first hand, providing an insight into how postnatal depression would be diagnosed in a clinical setting.

The course covers pharmaceutical management when treating disorders, as well as exploring therapies. The course concludes by focusing on the family’s wellbeing by providing a deeper appreciation for how perinatal mental health can affect the whole family unit. 

This course is a skills-based course, with interactions and role play. We aim to make the courses as inclusive as possible and encourage participants to become actively involved.


·       To understand the importance of perinatal mental health for both parents

·         To recognise the impact of parental mental ill health on both the other parent and subsequently their infant

·         To understand when to use the assessment tools

·         To examine the use of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, because of its wide-ranging cultural implications

·         To know how to interpret the results of your assessment

·         To explore the management options

·         To know the limitations of your skill set and when to refer on


  • ·         Examining the signs and symptoms of anxiety – physical / emotional/ behavioural

    ·         Examining the signs and symptoms of depression – physical/emotional/ behavioural

    ·         Prevalence

    ·         Examining the current assessment tools

    ·         Outlining the challenges

    ·         Exploring interventions

    ·         Signposting 

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