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Introduction to Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
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The University of Notre Dame Australia is committed to delivering an excellent student experience, alongside a high standard of teaching, research, and training. As a leader in ethical education, Notre Dame aims to develop students’ critical reasoning and their ability to make ethical decisions—crucial skills to progressing their careers and leading purposeful lives. At Notre Dame, students navigate their future with an ethical education online.
On completion of this course students should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Define the fields of infant and perinatal mental health, and describe their history, and theoretical and philosophical underpinnings
- Explain the importance of considering the mental health of parents and their babies and children concurrently
- Describe the normal development of infants during foetal life and the first year of life
- Discuss the normal psychological processes of the transition to parenthood
- Identify the range of mental health problems that are most relevant to the perinatal period and infancy; the associated biological, psychological and social risk factors in the pre-conception, pregnant and postnatal period for the mother, the father and the infant/s; and signs and symptoms of mental illness in adults, babies, and small children
- Describe the range of treatment approaches to perinatal and infant mental health problems, and demonstrate basic knowledge of psychopharmacology in pregnancy and postpartum
- Identify current social and ethical issues in the field, and relate learning to key articles in the perinatal and infant mental health literature
- History, theoretical and philosophical underpinnings
- The mental health of parents and their babies
- Prevalent mental health problems
- Social and ethical considerations
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No special requirements
This course provides an introduction to the field of study, integrating information about maternal and infant mental health. Dominant theoretical approaches are presented and considered together with information about infant development and pregnancy. Risk factors for mental health problems are presented for discussion and reflection, and information is provided about common disorders and treatment approaches. In addition, basic skills relating to building and presenting an argument, accessing and using professional literature, making an observational record, creating documents to professional standards, and managing one’s self under pressure will be covered.
- Analysis of journal article (20%)
- Recorded presentation uploaded to LMS (30%)
- Essay on a specialist field (50%)