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Master of infant mental health course available in 2016

A new master’s course in infant mental health will be available at Edith Cowan University beginning in 2016.

This is the first course of its kind being offered in WA and will focus on the emotional development of young children and their families.

“What it will offer is planned training for people who work across all levels of the workforce, with areas in prevention, intervention and treatment,” associate professor Lyn Priddis said. “It will offer a focused training program that will equip professionals with the knowledge and skills to work with infants and young children. It will help them observe early infants and children as they interact with workers and parents.”

The course will teach skills in theoretical underpinning of relationships, infant development, attachment theory, neurobiological underpinning of brain development, parent child resilience and how to build social and emotional wellbeing for the infant.

“The relationship a child develops with their parents forms the foundation of all future relationships,” Priddis said. “If we can support and nurture this relationship, children are more likely to develop stable, positive relationships as adults.”

The WA Government’s Mental Health Commission recognised the importance of investing in the mental health of infants. Earlier this year, it released guidelines recommending that infant mental health training be provided to everyone who works with young children and their families.

For more information on the master’s course, visit its website here.

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