Perinatal Mental Health

For Nurses/Midwives/Health & Social Care Professionals.

Course Description
Recognising and responding to women with perinatal mental health conditions requires enhanced knowledge and skills. By closely assessing for change and interpreting early signs of psychological decline, healthcare professionals are more likely to identify deterioration and accelerate care in a timely and appropriate manner.

The Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health will allow healthcare providers to develop their knowledge and skills in the recognition, assessment, care/ referral and evaluation of women in this regard.

Who Should Apply?
Healthcare professionals who wish to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to develop their expertise in supporting women experiencing perinatal mental health issues.

Subjects taught

- Introduction to Perinatal Mental Health
- Theoretical/Philosophical Foundations of PMH
- Coping mechanisms
- Living with Personality Disorders, Anxiety and Depression
- Living with Pre-existing/New onset Conditions
- Trauma and Recovery (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Trauma related to labour and birth; Tokophobia; Loss and Bereavement)
- The impact of perinatal mental health across the lifespan
Communication skills

- Structured Holistic Assessment

- Therapeutic interventions and recovery principles

- Applied Practice.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
- This programme is suitable for Nurses, Midwives and Health and Social Care professionals.

- All applicants will normally hold a relevant level 8 qualification (or equivalent), be registered with their recognised professional body and be working within a practice setting that engages with women who may experience perinatal mental health conditions.

- Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification may apply for entry to the programme in accordance with the procedures outlined in the DkIT Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.

- Applicants may be interviewed

- Due to the blended learning delivery within this course students should have access to a PC / Mac, a headset with a mic, and a broadband internet connection from home, so as to be able to fully participate in the course.

- Basic IT skills essential.

Application dates

Closing date for applications: Friday 10th September OR until places are full.

All programmes are delivered subject to demand.

If you have any questions about this course, please use the 'Enquire about this course' button at the bottom of this page.
This programme is in high demand. Places will be limited to the first 20 eligible candidates who are offered a place on the programme.




1 Semester.

Course Delivery
The course is delivered over one semester using a blended learning format that combines face to face classes with online delivery.


Fees €800

Enrolment dates

Starting Date 22nd January 2020

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Successful completion of this programme may allow graduates to pursue professional roles related to perinatal mental health.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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