11th November 2019 14th November 2019


The Kantor Centre of Excellence, 4 - 8 Rodney Street, London, N1 9JH Map
4 days
09:30am - 16:30pm

About this course

This course is designed to offer professionals who have contact with parents and infants, evidenced-based skills for enhancing parent-infant relationships, which can be incorporated in their day to day work. Participants will learn how to recognise relational difficulties and be taught essential skills to promote baby-led play and to facilitate turn taking, playfulness and the development of mind-mindedness. 


Seminar 1: Helping Practitioners spot what is needed: learning to identify difficulties in parent-infant relationships.

Seminar 2: Helping Parents spot what is needed: helping parents recognise and respond to their babies' signal.

Seminar 3: Helping Parents with Baby Led Play: the Watch Me Play method.

Seminar 4: Promoting Playfulness: sparking playfulness and connection between parents and infants.

Seminar 5: Positively Reinforcing Parents: the principles of video based work for recognising and reinforcing strengths in parents' interactions with their infants.

Seminar 6: Promoting Mind Mindedness: Mentalising for Toddlers! Mentalisation Based Principles to help parents understand their toddler's behaviour and underlying feelings and thoughts.

Seminar 7: Recognising Concerns: recognising risky or intractable interactions and understanding when to refer on for specialist help or safeguarding.

Seminar 8: Bringing It All Together: applying skills to case examples


Who is this training suitable for?

This course is suitable for: Occupational therapists, nursery workers, perinatal mental health workers, early help workers, social workers, family support workers, health visitors, perinatal nursery nurses, psychologists and psychotherapists working with infants age 0 – 2.

If you have any specific questions about the suitability of the module for your practice, please email helena.miles@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. 

See ITSIEY 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 marta@annafreud.org to claim this offer.