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Perinatal Mental Health

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 aim of the Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health is to empower health care professionals with the knowledge and skills to develop their expertise in supporting women experiencing perinatal mental health issues and to work collaboratively with their family and the multidisciplinary team in promoting evidence based compassionate care that empowers women and aids their individualised recovery.

This Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health will be of particular interest to health professionals whose work may bring them into contact with women experiencing perinatal mental health issues.

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

The Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health will take place over one semester (14 weeks) with a combination of in-class and online delivery.

Students are required to attend DkIT from 08.30 to 16.30 on the following days:

•Wednesday 23rd January
•Wednesday 30th January
•Wednesday 13th February
•Wednesday 27th February
•Wednesday 13th March
•Wednesday 27th March
•Wednesday 10th April
•Wednesday 1st May

The remainder of the programme is delivered on-line.

Number of credits

10

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

The content of the Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health will include:

•Introduction to Perinatal Mental Health
•Theoretical/Philosophical Foundations of PMH
•Coping mechanisms
•Personality Disorders, Anxiety and Depression
•Pre-existing/New onset Conditions
•Trauma (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

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 January 2019

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