CULTURAL AWARENESS IN PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH
In the UK, according to the 2011 ONS, an estimated 5% of the population originates from other countries. There are increasing numbers of economic migrants from Europe and asylum seekers from conflict in the countries of Africa and the Middle East. Health and Social Care practitioners may encounter the challenges of parents who are suffering from a mental illness or disorder and who need support and help. Attitudes and belief systems may be unfamiliar to some, and the interpretations of mental illness may differ.
This 6 hour course can be delivered over one or two days. It aims to provide the Practitioner with a sound knowledge of the differing needs and expectations of the parents, and to help them examine their current practice.
The course is facilitated by Dr Jane Hanley, Dr Lopa Vibhakar, Scott Mair & Alisa Klymenko who have a sound experience in the differing cultural nuances
This course is usually a skills-based course, with interactions and role play, but unfortunately present circumstances have meant that it is presented online. However, this does not detract from the importance of the interaction of the delegates and we aim to make the courses as inclusive as possible by limiting the numbers to ensure everyone has the opportunity to share their experiences and concerns, to enable safe and well-informed interactions.
AIMS OF THE COURSE
- To raise awareness of the attitudes and beliefs of differing cultures towards perinatal mental health
- To recognise the challenges for parents in accessing services and support
- To examine current service provision
- To change or improve practice
- To look at Demographic and epidemiology studies
- To explore specific needs of indigenous populations, refugees, asylum seekers
- To investigate existing prejudices and attitudes
- To explore the rites and rituals around pregnancy and childbirth
- To examine the primary attitudes and beliefs of perinatal mental health of differing cultures
- To understand societal changes and social construction
- To examine the fault lines and unforeseen consequences