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Perinatal Mental Health

For Nurses/Midwives/Health & Social Care Professionals

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.

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.

Entry requirements

This programme is suitable for Nurses/Midwives or Health + Social Care professionals. All applicants will normally hold a relevant level 8 qualification (or equivalent), be registered with their recognised professional body and 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.

Duration

Course Delivery
One semester (14 weeks) with a combination of in-class and online
delivery.

Number of credits

10

Careers or further progression

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

Further enquiries

Dr. Geraldine O'Connor (Head of Section Part time Courses School of Health and Science)
Phone: +353 42 9370200 Ext 2736
Email: geraldine.oconnor@dkit.ie

Subjects taught

Course Content

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.

Application date

The final closing date for applications is Friday 30th August 2019 or until places are full.

How to Apply

Applicants MUST submit an up-to-date CV and a scan of their NMBI registration/ or a copy of your registration with a recognised professional body with their online application.

This programme is in high demand. Places will be limited to the first 20 eligible candidates who are offered a place on the programme. Enquiries/expressions of interest should be made to:

Dr. Kathleen Nallen (Acting Head of Section of Midwifery)
Phone: +353 429370264
Email: kathleen.nallen@dkit.ie

Dr. Geraldine O'Connor (Head of Section Part time Courses School of Health and Science)
Phone: +353 42 9370200 Ext 2736
Email: geraldine.oconnor@dkit.ie

Course fee

Fees €800

Enrolment and start dates

Starting Date Wednesday 18th September 2019

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