Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
This program is designed to equip professionals working in the area of perinatal and infant mental health with appropriate, comprehensive, clinical and academic skills for providing leadership within the discipline. There is an emphasis on developing students' critical thinking, analysis and awareness of current debates within the area. Dr Nick Kowalenko is Head of the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Program.
Why Perinatal and Infant Mental Health?
The perinatal, infancy and early childhood periods are a time of enormous developmental and relational change for all family members. Early development occurs in the context of relationships. Relationships, past and present, act as risk and protective factors during this period. Knowledge about early development and skills and confidence in infant and relational assessment and intervention are central to competent perinatal and infant mental health practice. Professionals with these skills are therefore essential to comprehensive service delivery.