PIMH Intensive

Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Intensive Training Package

Perinatal and infant mental health is a specialised area of practice focusing on the emotional health and development of parents and infants. The perinatal period is a vulnerable time for parent-infant and couple relationships.  It is the time of highest risk for a woman to develop, or have a reoccurrence of, a mental health condition; while men are also at increased risk of depression and anxiety during this life phase. Where parental mood disturbance is present, working clinically with only parental symptomatology is insufficient to address issues within the parent-infant relationship.  By contrast, working with the dyad can help both mood symptoms and relationship difficulties.  Australian clinical practice guidelines recommend assessment of mother-infant interaction as an integral part of postnatal care (beyondblue, 2011; COPE, 2017).

A baby’s developmental needs can be forgotten in the midst of parental exhaustion, the chaos of early parenting and in the presence of mental health issues.  We explore ways to hold the baby in mind when working therapeutically with parents during the perinatal period.

This training program provides an overview of assessment, formulation and treatment in both the antenatal and postnatal phases incorporating the mother, father, infant and their relationships. Theories of development, attachment, interaction, object-relations, behaviour and cognition will be incorporated.  Participants can expect an introduction to theoretical models and practical applications in working therapeutically with parents, infants and the parent-infant relationship. Detailed case studies are presented to strengthen formulation and treatment planning skills and highlight clinical work, with a focus on the parent-infant relationship and attachment themes.

The training is followed by a 2-hour post-workshop consultation to further integrate the workshop material into your practice. The implementation and integration post-workshop consultation provides opportunity to discuss effective ways to integrate the material covered in the program in meaningful ways to your practice setting and the families you serve.

Our signature training package has been enhanced for 2021 and includes:

  • increased CPD hours
  • greater access to supplementary learning activities between training Sessions
  • strictly limited numbers  

Learning Objectives

  • Position PIMH work within the two dominant frames of development and relationships
  • Explore Clinical Themes within the Psychology of Pregnancy and Postpartum
  • Learn ways in which maternal and paternal mood disturbance can impinge upon the normal developmental trajectory of the development of a Motherhood or Fatherhood Mindset
  • Assess and formulate maternal presenting issues, paternal presenting issues and infant presenting issues
  • Outline and explore infant mental health principles
  • Assess and formulate the parent-infant relationship and couple presenting issues
  • Introduction to the assessment of parent-infant interaction
  • Outline attachment theory, infant patterns, adult styles and interventions
  • Introduction to identification of parental reflective function capacities and limitations
  • Apply clinical principles from parent-infant interventions
  • Formulate and treatment plan through the lens of adult attachment styles

“Working with families during the perinatal period offers unique therapeutic opportunities.  For parents, it is a time of developmental crisis when motivation is high to improve functioning and relationships.  For infants, we have an opportunity to positively influence the trajectory of their social, emotional and relational development.” ~ Dr Bronwyn Leigh

Who should attend

This workshop is designed for multidisciplinary health professionals either currently working with, or who have a desire to work with, families during the perinatal period from a relational and developmental perspective. The training program is primarily targeted at those working in an ongoing therapeutic capacity with parents and their infants. In particular, this workshop is ideal for those who would like to include the infant and parent-infant relationship in the treatment of parental mood disturbance.


Stable internet connection with camera and sound is required.  The Zoom platform is used for the video conferencing meetings.

Training and experience in mental health is assumed.  Assumed knowledge: experience in general assessment, diagnosis, formulation and treatment planning of mental health conditions.

Knowledge of the Australian Clinical Practice Guideline is assumed. The ‘Mental Health Care in the Perinatal Period’ (Austin, M-P, Highet, N. & the Expert Working Group, 2017) document should be familiar to participants prior to the training.

Participation and Expectations

This training program focuses on both knowledge acquisition and clinical skills development.

Participants are expected to engage in supplemental learning between live Sessions.  Activities include viewing video tutorials (about 4.5hrs), reading and reflective exercises. Participants should allow up to 1.5hrs of supplementary learning each week between Sessions.

It is expected participants will attend all Sessions.

Participant inclusions

  • Strictly limited to 18 participants
  • 35.5-hrs of active CPD points – opportunity to further CPD points via suggested reading and homework tasks
  • Full training package facilitated by Dr Bronwyn Leigh, Director Centre for Perinatal Psychology, and Perinatal Training Centre
  • 2-hr Implementation and Integration Post-Workshop Consultation to consolidate learning
  • Closed Facebook group to share resources, discuss ideas and network
  • Detailed power point slides as a post-training professional resource
  • Helpful handouts and articles to build your knowledge and resource library
  • Recommendations for books, websites and further training opportunities
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Perinatal Training Centre Certificate of Completion electronic logo as part of our identity program
  • Option to continue your professional development upon course completion via access to individual or group supervision or consultancy with a Perinatal Training Centre supervisor
  • Eligible to participate in our Reflective Supervision Groups


Registration Fee: $1760
$500 deposit required at Registration, balance due 4-weeks prior to commencement of training
Cost includes GST and all participant inclusions listed above

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations: Full amount less $100 admin fee will be provided for cancellations received in writing up to two weeks prior to event. No refund after this time but registration is transferrable to another person to attend the same workshop.

When & Where – 2021 Dates

This training package will be available in Live Online format only during 2021

Group 1 – Tuesdays, weekly noon-2pm – AEDT/AEST
February – June 

Fully Booked – Wait List Full 

Group 2 – Wednesdays, weekly 11am-1pm – AEDT/AEST
February – June 

Fully Booked – Wait List Full

Group 3 – Fridays & Saturdays – AEST times May-June

Fully Booked – Wait List Full

Group 4 – Tuesdays noon-2pm – AEST/AEDT

Fully Booked – Wait List Full 

Group 5 – Wednesdays 11am-1pm – AEST/AEDT

Fully Booked – Wait List Full

Group 6 – Wednesdays 2pm-4pm – AEST/AEDT

Fully Booked – Wait List Full

Registration Fee: $1760
$500 deposit required at Registration, balance due 4-weeks prior to commencement of training
Cost includes GST and all participant inclusions listed above

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About the Presenter

Dr Bronwyn Leigh is a clinical psychologist, perinatal and infant clinician and early parenting consultant.  She is the Director of the Centre for Perinatal Psychology and the Perinatal Training Centre. She consults in Fairfield Vic.  Bronwyn specialises in the psychological aspects of becoming a parent, the emotional development of infants, and parent-infant relationships.   She has contributed to research in the areas of maternal mood, prematurity and early parenting difficulties, and has been a national trainer in perinatal loss counselling.  She was the founding member and inaugural National Convener of the Australian Psychological Society’s Perinatal and Infant Psychology Interest Group (PIPIG).  Bronwyn is experienced in the provision of clinical supervision, training and consultancy and has published in academic journals, presented at conferences and provided media interviews.  Bronwyn co-authored Towards Parenthood: Preparing for the Changes and Challenges of a New Baby (ACER Press, 2009) a self-help reflective guidebook for parents during pregnancy and in the first year after having a baby.

Bronwyn has facilitated this PIMH workshop since 2012.  It started as a 2-day workshop but the feedback was overwhelmingly that participants wanted more!  So, it is now offered as a 3-day intensive. It has run in Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Darwin, Alice Springs, Melbourne, Launceston and Hobart with participants from around Australia and overseas.

Bronwyn has facilitated training in PIMH for the Northern Territory Government (Darwin and Alice Springs), Government of South Australia and DHHS Victoria.

Interested in what others think about the workshop?

Psychologists are heavily restricted in the ways testimonials can be used.  We are not allowed to use testimonials about an individual psychologist or their service.  We are able to use testimonials from trainings, so here are a few from previous PIMH workshops facilitated by Bronwyn.  These testimonials comment on workshop content:

“… without a doubt the most valuable PD I have ever done”
“Essential, unforgettable training”
“Great balance between theoretical frame and practice considerations”
 “Easily digestible yet comprehensive content”
 “Effective blend of theory and practice”
 “Liked the case vignettes and clinical insights”
 “Haven’t attended a course that so appropriately met my needs”
“Useful – Validating – Researched – Contemporary – Applicative – Resourceful”
“Liked the ability to discuss, problem solve and reflect on the theories and strategies discussed and then apply them to specific case examples”
 “The theory underlying attachment was especially valuable to me”
 “Best presentation of attachment”
“Liked opportunities for discussion and reflection”
“Very relevant case presentations to represent the different attachment styles.  Clear format of formulation and treatment planning, with a good amount of detail in order to apply the learnings to my practice”
“Exceeded expectations – would recommend to others”
“This has been the most relevant and engaging workshop I’ve attended over the last few years”
“This was an excellent workshop.  One of the best.  Worth travelling interstate for”


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