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 course is run by professionals who have expertise in the field of assessing parent-infant relationships and report writing for the family courts. 

The course will equip practitioners with knowledge about identifying risk factors in the parent infant relationship: in the parent’s state of mind, in the baby’s presentation and in the dynamics between parent and infant.  The course will also be helpful to all practitioners in the field of infant mental health who need to write informed reports about risk to infants.

Participants will be guided through a reflective and learning process in relation to:

  • Understanding risk factors for babies’ emotional well-being and physical safety
  • Identifying personal barriers to recognising or communicating about risk
  • Managing practitioner anxiety so that concerns about parenting can be addressed with both parents and the professional network
  • Learning how to describe risk to infants in professional reports

Participants will be taught the following skills:

  • to identify strengths and concerns in the parent infant relationship
  • to identify risk in the infant’s presentation
  • a practical approach to writing informed reports which are appropriate for court and accessible for families
  • practical tips on report content and giving evidence  

Aims of the course

  • To enhance the quality of assessment of risk to infants
  • To support practitioners to write informed reports
  • To reduce practitioner anxiety in the areas of addressing risk and report writing

Who is the course suitable for:

ITSIEY is suitable for professionals working in the field of infant and perinatal mental health, e.g. social workers, nurses, health visitors, occupational and creative therapists, family therapists, psychologists, child psychotherapists and child psychiatrists. If you have any questions about suitability please contact training@annafreud.org.


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:

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 training@annafreud.org to claim this offer.