Early years trainings and events

The Early Years and Prevention programme sits within our Clinical Division at the Anna Freud Centre. It comprises a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals, some with a background in psychoanalytic child psychotherapy, counselling, clinical and educational psychology. We have specialisms in parent-infant psychotherapy, video-based treatments, therapy for parents, carers and toddlers (in groups and individually) as well as other mentalization-based approaches. We are also developing and delivering specialised support for fathers in the perinatal period. 

Other services available:  

  • Training to individuals and teams. 
  • Packages of individual and family assessment or therapy with babies, toddlers and their parents or carers; including those who have recently been adopted or in the process of adoption. 
  • Consultation to networks and organisations working in the early years. 
  • Supervision to teams and organisations working in the early years. 
  • Mentalizing in Practice: Working with Parents and Infants

    This course will explore Mentalizing and the importance of the parent/carer’s ability to mentalize effectively, to support the development of the infant’s mind, attachment to their parent/carer and capacity to reflect and to relate to others.

    • 4 days
  • Supervision in the Early Years

    • 5 days (over a 4-month period)
  • Collaboration and the Early Years: Exploring the Benefits and Challenges of Integrated Working

    In line with policy developments around Family Hubs, Integrated Care Support and the development of the NHS Long Term plan, it’s becoming more common for early years settings to work more closely and share knowledge with a variety of different services and organisations. Fantastic collaboration is also happening at a community and grassroots level. To recognise this shift, we will be hearing from professionals and experts by experience as they explore the benefits and challenges of partnerships and multi-agency working in relation to improving outcomes for infants, children and their families

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 13th October 2022
    • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Parent-Infant Relational Assessment Tool - PIRAT Global Scales Training

    This course will teach the rationale for PIRAT and the techniques for its use. It will provide an overview of assessment measures in infant mental health.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 8th December 2022 - 12th December 2022
    • 3 days

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