Centre for Perinatal Psychology provides training, supervision, consultation and mentorship to those interested in, or currently working with, a perinatal population.   We are dedicated to supporting the community of perinatal and infant mental health workers through our professional development activities.

Below, is an overview of our training and professional development opportunities


March 2019 – Melbourne
June 2019 – Sydney

Our signature workshop, running since 2012, is designed for health professionals either currently working with, or who have a desire to work with, families during the perinatal period. Read more here…


Perinatal loss is a broad term for many types of loss associated with reproduction.  Perinatal loss is prevalent and for many, an intensely emotional experience.  Our training program explores ways of understanding perinatal loss presentations, as well as providing effective therapeutic intervention.  Read more here…


Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN)

Outer Eastern Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Network
Location: Ringwood, VIC
Coordinator: Dr Bronwyn Leigh

Quarterly low-cost presentations and discussions from those working in the field.  Open to all health professionals with an interest in perinatal and infant mental health.  Meetings are a 2-hr duration and the 1-hr presentations occur within that time, followed by further discussion and networking.

2019 Program:

Tuesday 19 February 2019
5.45pm-7.45pm; presentations starts at 6.15pm sharp
Topic: Perinatal Anxiety: Holding the Infant in Mind when Mum is Anxious
Presenter: Dr Bronwyn Leigh, clinical psychologist and Director, Centre for Perinatal Psychology

Perinatal anxiety is thought to be as prevalent as perinatal depression, yet has had far less press.  This presentation will explore ways in which anxiety presents during the perinatal period and how maternal anxiety can impact infant development and the emerging relationship.  Maternal health and wellbeing can understandably take precedence in the presence of maternal anxiety, not only by the preoccupied mother, but also by her worried family and health professionals.  Holding the baby in mind when working therapeutically with anxious parents is crucial. 


Tuesday 21 May 2019
5.45pm-7.45pm; presentation starts at 6.15pm sharp

Topic: Partners to Parents: Navigating Couple Relationship Changes in the Transition to Parenthood

This presentation will outline the development of Partners to Parents ( This website aims to prevent perinatal depression and anxiety by enhancing partners’ understanding of how they can be mutually supportive of one another during the transition to parenthood. It was developed in consultation with more than 60 perinatal mental health experts and parents. It is supported by the research literature, endorsed by perinatal mental health professionals and consumers, and seen as acceptable and relevant by parents. This website has the potential to contribute to reducing the prevalence of perinatal depression and anxiety and optimising the health and well-being of parents and their children.

Presenter: Dr Pam Pilkington is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in a range of inpatient and outpatient settings, including private practice, public and private hospitals, a university counselling clinic, and a drug and alcohol service. Pam currently works in private practice using Schema Therapy as her primary modality. Pam has a particular interest in helping new and expectant parents reduce their chance of experiencing mood problems by strengthening their couple relationship. In addition to her clinical work, Pam has co-authored more than 20 peer reviewed journal articles on parenting and mental health, and is a research supervisor for students completing Masters and Honours in Psychology at the Australian Catholic University. Pam is a Member of the Centre for Perinatal Psychology.


Tuesday 20 August 2019
Topic: What to look for? Assessment and treatment of Perinatal OCD and OCD like symptoms

The area of perinatal OCD is often under assessed and not well understood. This presentation will outline the symptoms of Perinatal OCD (including sub clinical symptoms) and treatment which many new mothers experience. It is hoped the presentation will help professions not only identify symptoms but attend to the mothers distress related to their “Scary Thoughts”.  The presentation aims to aid accurate assessment of risk and assist professionals to attend to their own reactions to these “Scary Thoughts” (as this can be a barrier to mothers accessing treatment). Holding the baby in mind in the midst of the preoccupation of maternal OCD is paramount and will be discussed with a view to considering dyadic relationship implications.

Presenter: Diana Cornish is a clinically trained psychologist with a special interest in women’s mental health issues, particularly in the perinatal period. Diana has worked across various mental health settings for over ten years including community mental health, inpatient, outpatient and outreach. Diana currently works in private practice using drawing upon a variety of therapeutic approaches to understand and work with mothers, including Attachment theory, Reflective Parenting, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other mindfulness based therapies. Diana also works within a Private Hospital with adults with complex trauma (attachment trauma). Diana has a particular interest working with mothers experiencing  postnatal episodes of OCD, anxiety and depression. Diana is a proud Member of the Centre for Perinatal Psychology.

Fee: $10
Online bookings essential
Register here 


Tuesday 19 November 2019
Topic: TBC

Contact us for more information about the MHPN meetings


The following is a sample of past seminars and presentations provided by Dr Bronwyn Leigh.


2012-ongoing    Centre for Perinatal Psychology, national training, various locations

Perinatal and Infant Mental Health: Using a Relationship-Based Approach to Perinatal Mood Disturbance. 3-day workshop to mental health professionals.  This workshop has been facilitated in Melbourne, Launceston, Hobart, Brisbane and Cairns.

2017    PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia), Melbourne

Anxiety – How it impacts on expecting and new parents and how you can help make a difference. Contributed to a 1-day workshop to mental health professionals.

 2016    Anxiety Practitioner’s Network, Sydney

Perinatal Anxiety: Holding the Infant in Mind when Mum is Anxious. 1-day workshop to mental health professionals.

 2015     PDP Seminars, Melbourne

Mentalization, Affect Regulation and Attachment: An Introduction. 1-day workshop to mental health professionals.

2014     Mercy Health O’Connell Family Centre, Melbourne

Attachment in Practice. Half-day workshop to staff (in-house training), which included maternal child health nurses, mothercraft nurses, managers, a psychologist, a psychiatrist.  O’Connell is one of three public Early Parenting Centres in Victoria.

2013     Mental Health Professionals Network, Ulverstone Tasmania

Mentalization, Affect Regulation and Attachment: An Introduction. 1-day workshop to mental health professionals.

2013     Parent-Infant Research Institute, Melbourne

Mentalization and Parental Reflective Function: An Introduction. 1-day workshop to mental health professionals.

2011     APS Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group, Melbourne

Mentalization, Affect Regulation and Attachment. 2-hour presentation to psychologists.

2010     Keene Insight, Child and Adolescent Private Practice, Melbourne

Attachment during the Perinatal Period and Beyond. 2-hour presentation to psychologists and allied health professionals.

2011     Paediatrician Group, Melbourne

Mindful Parenting. 1-hour presentation to paediatricians, obstetricians and GPs.

2009     College of Lactation Consultants, Melbourne

Mindful Parenting applied to Breastfeeding. 1-hour presentation to lactation consultants.

2010     APS College of Health Psychologists, Melbourne

Perinatal Mood Disturbance. 2-hour presentation to psychologists.

2005      Northern Division of General Practitioners, Melbourne

Postnatal Depression: Detection, Formulation and Management. 2-hour presentation to general practitioners, co-facilitated with perinatal psychiatrist Dr Adaobi Udechuku.



Leigh, B. (2014).  ‘Mindfully Parenting Your Baby’ group program: Incorporating mindfulness, mentalization and attachment principles.  Australian Psychological Society Conference, Hobart, Australia.

Leigh, B. (2014).  Parent-Infant Attachment: How Mindfulness and Reflective Function Can Help.  Ausmed Infant Mental Health Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Leigh, B. (2013).  Mindfulness, Mentalization and Attachment: ‘Mindfully Parenting Your Baby’ Group Program.  The Australasian Marcé Society 2013 Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Leigh, B., Loughlin, E., Milgrom, J., Ericksen, J. & Andrew, M. (2007).  Connecting Mums and Babies: HUGS and Dance Therapy Groups.  Postnatal Depression: Recovery Through Connections Conference, PANDA (Post and Antenatal Depression Association, Inc), Melbourne, Australia.

Leigh, B. & Milgrom, J. (2007).  BabyHUGS: A Specialised Mother-Infant Program Following Postnatal Depression.  Australian Association for Infant Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perinatal Mental Health Joint National Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Leigh, B., Newnham, C., Milgrom, J. & Brown, N. (2007).  PremieHUGS: A Specialised Mother-Infant Program Following Premature Birth. Australian Association for Infant Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perinatal Mental Health Joint National Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Leigh, B., Newnham, C., Milgrom, J. & Brown, N. (2007).  PremieHUGS: A Specialised Mother-Infant Program Following Premature Birth.  Social Adversity and Resilience for Mothers and Infants in the Perinatal Period, The Australasian Marcé Society, Surfer’s Paradise, Australia.

Leigh, B. (2006).  Specialised Parent-Infant Programs following Postnatal Depression or Premature Birth.   Early Childhood: Evidence into Practice, QEC (Queen Elizabeth Centre), Melbourne, Australia.

Leigh, B. (2005).  Self-directed Minimal Intervention Antenatally to Prevent Parenting-Infant Difficulties. Australasian Marcé Society, 2005 Conference, Melbourne, Australia.


Please call 1300 852 660 or contact us to enquire about upcoming training events or register your interest in organising a training event.


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