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International Training School for Infancy and Early Years
The Anna Freud Centre (UK), the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust (UK) and Yale University Child Study Centre (USA) have formed a unique collaboration in establishing the International Training School in Infancy and Early Years (ITSIEY). ITSIEY opened its doors to students in January 2012 and take up from students across a range of disciplines has been good. The modules are running in the UK (London) and USA (New Haven) sites.
The three organisations are internationally acclaimed contributors to the clinical, academic and research fields of infants’ and young children’s mental health. ITSIEY has drawn on the expertise of these Centres of Excellence to set expert-agreed standards of knowledge and skills that the broad range of professionals and practitioners need in order to work confidently with infants, young children and their families.
The ecological model, which focuses on the child and their family within the context of the wider communities in which they live, is at the heart of the Institute’s vision and teaching. Drawing on neurobiological, psychoanalytic, attachment and family systems ideas and evidence, ITSIEY endeavours to impart to the students:
- An enquiring observational and reflective mental stance in relation to knowledge and clinical practice
- An understanding of normative development and disturbance within an ecological perspective (relational, social and cultural)
- Knowledge and skills to work collaboratively with families and their children which is relevant to the practitioners’ particular work contexts
- An experience of multidisciplinary and multiagency working in the student group that creates a shared culture in relation to the domain of early years’ mental health
Student feedback from the modules run to date suggests these aims are being realised: ‘.. I found it invaluable to have neurological, practical, psychoanalytical and environmental elements seamlessly interwoven into a shared conceptual framework’. ‘new material and thinking introduced with a thoughtful blend of different schools of thought now coming together and really complementing each other’. ‘I felt challenged, thought about, and invited to develop my own thinking’.
With six modular courses, ITSIEY offers tiered continuing professional development to all practitioners working with parents and young children.
ITSIEY’s specialist modules concentrate on specific areas of work and research with 0-3 children and their families. These modules will offer enhanced knowledge and skills development with a strong emphasis on practice-related discussion groups.
The first specialist ITSIEY module will explore the complexity of parental severe mental illness and will run in and will run in early 2014. To undertake this module you will need to have completed Module one.
Module 1: Introduction to Infant and Early Years Mental Health
Module 2:The Developing Infant, the Couple and the Family: Understanding Relationships within a Social and Cultural Context
Module 3: Understanding and Assessing Risk and Resilience
Module 4: Parent-Infant and Systemic Observation Skills: the Role of Observation in Clinical Practice
Module 5: The Practitioner-Clinet Relationship as a Vehicle for Change
Module 6: Planning for Evidence Based Practice in Early Years Services
Specialist Module A: Parental Mental Illness
Please see the ITSIEY Course Brochure 2014 for more information.
* Module one is the core, required module for the ITSIEY programme and a requirement to participate in the subsequent modules 2, 3 and 5.
In some cases if potential students feel confident that their existing experience and training would already prepare them to undertake modules 2, 3 and 5 without Module 1 then we ask you to complete the APEL form.
How to apply
To book a place online, please visit Training - Conferences - Anna Freud Centre