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Course LPMH02


This course is designed for health and social care practitioners who work with parents who may be suffering from anxiety or depression during the perinatal period. Participants will be provided with current information about perinatal mental health and illness, the impact it has on the mother, father, infant, children, family and society.  Cross-cultural and historical contexts will be explored and provide an opportunity to engage in critical debate of the UK procedures and practices in relation to perinatal mental health. Equip with this knowledge, the importance of listening and the skill required to help families suffering from perinatal mental health disorders, is explored

This is a 6-hour course which will be facilitated by Dr Jane Hanley and Rosemarie Kelly. 


    • To identify possible risk factors for psychological distress and illness
    • To understand the personal impact of perinatal mental health illness
    • To understand the impact on the infant and family
    • To recognise the of parent’s condition – initiating the process
    • To understand the process and the theoretical frameworks
    • To be able to prepare the environment
    • Examining the challenges and Barriers to communication


    • An overview of current research into telomere biology, molecular mechanisms and neurogenesis
    • Exploring societal changes and social construction
    • Exploring the antenatal period as an area for intervention
    • Examining the assessment process
    • An overview of the theoretical frameworks
    • Evidence based research and literature on the efficacy of the visit
    • Barriers to listening – not offering advice / suggestions
    • Difference between thoughts and feelings
    • Knowing when to guide the client to the appropriate services
    • Exploring preparation and environment – of parent and self
    • Exploring and developing the existing skills of listening
    • Understanding complex approaches and cases
    • Exploring confidentiality
    • Consideration of inclusion of alternative approaches
    • Examining thinking in open patterns
    • Recognising limitations and referring onto other services
    • Promoting recovery and social inclusion
    • Promoting care of self
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