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About this course


This course will equip professionals with up to date knowledge of neuroscience and the relevance of this knowledge to work with parents, infants and young children.  It covers three areas crucial to healthy emotional development in infancy: playfulness, empathy and emotional regulation. Participants will learn what neuroscience has discovered about these three areas and, through case discussion and case examples, learn how this knowledge is relevant to the choice and use of interventions for working with parents, infants and young children. 


Seminar one: The Neuroscience of Play & Empathy

Play has become something of a lost art in a world of over-organised childhoods, structured learning, screens and busyness.

This training will look at the developmental roots of play, why it is so crucial for children's' development, what needs to be in place for it to occur,  and how the capacity to play spurs a host of crucial aspects of emotional development. 

Links will be made to the development of empathy, understanding other minds and mentalization.

Key aspects of brain development central to playfulness, creativity and imagination will be highlighted.

The training will be delivered using video clips as well as theoretical and scientific input to make it accessible, enjoyable, and playful as well as informative

Seminar Two: The Neuroscience of Emotional Regulation

Infants and young children need help to regulate their emotions. Children who have responsive caregivers and have experiences of their emotions being soothed, develop a higher frustration/distress tolerance in school, friendships and relationships into adulthood. 

This training will look at the neuro-developmental science of emotional regulation – what happens to the brain when infant’s emotions are well modulated by a carer or when emotional regulation is lacking. 

Through video footage and discussion participants will learn a range of evidence based methods to help parents regulate their own responses and their emotional responsiveness to their infants and young children.

Aims of the course?

  • To gain up to date knowledge of developments in neuroscience
  • To apply this knowledge to understanding the challenges parents can have in relating to their infants and young children
  • To learn which interventions, based on this knowledge, can enhance parent infant interactions and relationships

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

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 to claim this offer.