ITSIEY: Assessing and Formulating Risk and Resilience in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

About this course

This module considers central issues in assessing and formulating risk and resilience factors in an infant’s relational and cultural context – with a particular focus on parental mental health, inter-parental violence, and the intergenerational transmission of trauma. The module addresses ‘risk’ in terms of the likely distortion or inhibition of the baby’s normal development, with the range of risk factors and their interaction at different points in the developmental trajectory being addressed. Risk will be taught in the context of resilience, the dynamic processes that influence an individual’s capacity to adapt and function successfully despite experiencing chronic stress and adversity.

Using their understanding of risk and resilience, students will develop skills in screening and assessing families’ presenting issues and pulling them together in a case formulation. They will also be taught about the existing evidence-based approaches for working effectively with perinatal and early years populations presenting with the risk factors discussed.

Self-reflection and management of the personal stress of working with complex populations, especially when tasked with risk assessment, is discussed in relation to the students’ working environments and caseloads.



Seminar 1: Observation of risk and resilience in the parent-infant relationship

Seminar 2: Trauma and the baby's experience

Seminar 3: Risk, factors and resilience

Seminar 4: Parental age and the parallel process of parent-infant development

Seminar 5: Parental mental health and family wellbeing in the early years

Seminar 6: Formulation and treatment planning skills in the context of risk and resilience

Seminar 7: Intimate partner violence and family functioning

Who is this training suitable for?

ITSIEY is suitable for allied mental health professionals working in the field of infant mental health e.g. nurses, therapists, psychologists, family therapist, health visitors and psychiatrists. If you have any specific questions about the suitability of the module for your practice, please email

This module is for those who have already attended ITSIEY: An introduction to perinatal and infant mental health module. In some cases if potential students feel confident that their existing experience and training would already prepare them to undertake this module without having completed the introductory module they can fill the APEL Form. Please send the form to before booking.

About International Training School for Infancy and Early Years (ITSIEY)

Delivered by a unique collaboration of internationally acclaimed Centres of Excellence (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Yale University Child Study Centre), the International Training School for Infancy and Early Years (ITSIEY) provides mental health professionals with expert-agreed standards of knowledge and skills to work confidently with infants (0-3) and their families. This exclusive training encompasses a range of theories “seamlessly interwoven into a shared conceptual framework” (student). The ecological model that is at the heart of its vision and curriculum uses most up to date knowledge of advances in neuroscience combined with strong clinical and research experience relevant to collaborative work with families. ITSIEY builds a forum for international cross pollination of knowledge, skills and research in the field of infancy and early years mental health for practitioners.

Currently ITSIEY offers the following modules:

Special Offer

a 5% discount is available for students who book on more than one ITSIEY module at the same time. Please contact to claim this offer.