2 days

About this course

The course will equip practitioners in the field of infant mental health with a comprehensive framework for observing parent infant dynamics, assessing risk to infants and writing informed court reports.

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

  • identifying personal blocks to recognising risk
  • identifying when unconscious dynamics between themselves and the parent/s can interfere with the practitioner’s capacity to think
  • managing practitioner anxiety so that concerns about parenting can be addressed with parents who are then afforded an opportunity to improve parenting practice (within a clear safeguarding context)

Participants will be given practical learning as follows:

  • an assessment framework to identify a full picture of strengths and specific concerns in the parent infant relationship
  • a practical approach to report writing which is containing of practitioner anxiety
  • practical tips on report content and appearing in court

Aims of the course:

  • To understand practitioner blocks and challenges to assessing risk
  • To be able to identify risk in infants
  • To enhance assessment of parent infant relationships
  • To support practitioners to write informed court reports

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.

See ITSIEY 2018/2019 course brochure 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:

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.