Perinatal training for community and inpatient perinatal mental health practitioners (CPD91b)

Address a range of topics to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary in your role as a perinatal mental health clinician

This course has been developed in line with the perinatal mental health competency framework, and will address a range of topics to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary in your role as a perinatal mental health clinician. This course is specifically designed for clinicians working in Specialist Community Perinatal Teams or Mother and Baby Units (MBUs).

Learning outcomes

The course will focus on the perinatal mental health practitioner, including:

  • understanding the ‘perinatal frame of mind’
  • working within a perinatal mental health multidisciplinary team
  • understanding how a baby’s personality develops
  • understanding unconscious defensive processes
  • understanding ‘attachment behaviour’
  • understanding one’s own emotional responses
  • working with risk
  • working with multiple agencies
  • keeping the partner/father and family in mind
  • ‘cultural competence’ in the perinatal context: what does this mean?
  • contributing to clinical decision-making

It also includes knowledge about:

  • depression
  • maternal anxiety and OCD
  • post partum psychosis
  • schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder
  • personality disorder
  • eating disorders
  • substance disorders
  • medication and physical treatments
  • psychological therapies
  • physical health in pregnancy and postnatally
  • infant physical health and development

Read about the Perinatal Competency Framework domains which this course meets.

Who is this course for?

This course is specifically designed for clinicians working in Specialist Community Perinatal Teams or Mother and Baby Units (MBUs).

It is particularly beneficial for nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and psychologists who are new to working within these services.

Course details

The course is not currently open for bookings. Please register your interest and we will be in touch about any future opportunities to take the course.

The course runs over nine half-day (morning) sessions, on the following dates. Attendance is expected at all sessions. The next course will run on the following dates:

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This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom, and the session will not be recorded.

You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of a laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this Zoom test link to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us to discuss how we can best help you.

A series of presentations will cover the complex range of relationships that perinatal mental health practitioners have to consider, alongside an overview of maternal psychiatric conditions and their treatments.

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.

Free webinar

Explore the role of training for professionals involved in the care of women and families throughout the perinatal period in our free webinar recording.

It will help you to feel more confident navigating this area in your professional role, and making informed decisions on training for yourself and your colleagues.

Perinatal competency framework

Find out how this course covers each of the nine domains
of the HEE Perinatal Mental Health Competency Framework in our overview guide.


“Really excellent course, thought provoking and informative. The leaders are so knowledgeable so feel I learnt so much from them. Thoughtful, relevant, sensitive. ”
“The training has covered and broken down so many aspects related to perinatal mental health into very manageable chunks. I liked that the training days were spaced, it gives us time to reflect and put in practice what we have learnt rather than feeling overwhelmed with all the information. Very well organised and well led with input from great presenters.”
“Found the course really informative and engaging. I like that the same course is being offered across the country so that we are all working towards the same standards of care. Interesting to hear from other services how they are doing and the differences and similarities in our roles.”
“Insightful and helped in working with women who struggle to manage their emotions. I have been able to explore tools for working much more confident with this group of women.”

Course facilitators

Register your interest

Bookings are now closed. Register your interest to join our waiting list and be the first to hear when this course reopens.

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