About this course
International Training School for Infancy and Early Years (ITSIEY) is being responsive to the Covid-19 crisis. From July 2020 all ITSIEY training will be taking place online and will continue to be delivered by experts in infant mental health. Rich teaching content, as always, will be enhanced by group discussions with the tutor, small breakout groups for participants and video presentation.
This module introduces students to the field of perinatal, infant and early years’ mental health. It draws on neurobiology and developmental research, attachment, systems, psychodynamic theory and clinical work, to give students a cutting edge knowledge-base about early development of the infant and young child. Normative development and disturbance in the development of the baby/young child are addressed from conception to age 5 taking into account the family, cultural and legislative contexts in which the child is raised. There is a focus on areas of development, including the brain, that are affected by trauma and disruptions in attachment relationships.
The module has been created to provide a developmental journey for students that models that of the transition to parenthood. The module builds on students’ knowledge and skills from conception through pregnancy, birth and the early years – considering the key issues in the parent-infant relationship up until the child is 5 years old.
The module will also consider practitioners’ roles in working with the parent fetus/infant/toddler relationship, within different contexts and cultures, and the use of observation skills and reflective practice to underpin evidence based practice.
Seminar 1: An introduction to perinatal and infant mental health
Seminar 2: Pregnancy and preparing for the transition to parenthood
Seminar 3: Birth and meeting the baby
Seminar 4: The interface of adult and child mental health and an introduction to attachment
Seminar 5: The neurobiology of parent-infant relationships in the early years
Seminar 6: Parent-infant observation: the theory and technique of direct observation and its relation to evidence-based practice
Seminar 7: Parent-infant interactions in the postnatal period: the inner and outer worlds of early infancy
Seminar 8: Parent-child interactions in the early years: the inner and outer worlds in toddlers
- Who is this training suitable for
ITSIEY is suitable for professionals working in the field of infant and perinatal mental health e.g. nurses, therapists, psychologists, family therapist, health visitors, social workers and psychiatrists. If you have any specific questions about the suitability of the module for your practice, please email email@example.com.
- System requirements for online training
The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training live. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this training.
- About International Training School for Infancy and Early Years (ITSIEY)
ITSIEY is the winner of 2017 Maternal Mental Health Alliance Emma Cadywould Award for Perinatal Mental Health Education and Training, see our news story here.
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:
- ITSIEY: An introduction to perinatal and infant mental health
- ITSIEY: Mentalizing in Practice; Working with Parents and Babies
- ITSIEY: Recognizing Risk to Infants
- ITSIEY: Early Intervention Skills to Enhance Parent Infant Relationships
- ITSIEY: Recognising Infant Cues for Sleeping, Feeding and Soothing
- ITSIEY: Facilitating Baby Led Play in Parent-Infant Relationships
- ITSIEY: Promoting Playfulness between Parents and their Infant
- ITSIEY Specialist module: Parental Mental Illness
- ITSIEY Specialist: Reflective Supervision in Infant Mental Health: Holding the supervisee, child and family in mind
We have compiled an essential reading list for this training. This will be made available for you on-line three weeks before the training. The essential reading list has been carefully chosen to support the learning objective of the course so we would strongly encourage you to read this as thoroughly as possible before the training begins.
- Special offer
A 5% discount is available for students who book on more than one ITSIEY module at the same time. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to claim this offer.
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Participant, Janaury 2017
It was a pleasurable and thought provoking experience. Lovely to meet people from all over the world. I felt it was a very positive learning environment and I was able to take in lots of new ideas. Thank you.
Participant, January 2017
[Most enjoyed] The quality, style, knowledge and kindness of speakers. The diverse audience. The lecture about brain development. The curiosity and space for thinking and learning. Comprehensive introduction with interesting reading list.
Participant, June 2017
The quality of the teaching: all were clinicians in practice who knew their subject well and were all passionate about it.
Participant, June 2017
I really enjoyed the course. The lectors delivered their talks in a highly professional manner, the information given was rich, and the subject was explored from different perspectives. I also enjoyed communicating with the other participants on the course.