The overall aim of the Master of Perinatal Mental Health programme is to support midwives and other health care professionals to work more effectively with bereaved parents and their families experiencing perinatal loss. A key goal of this programme is to prepare practitioners for the challenges of leading and delivering quality of perinatal bereavement care. To achieve this goal the programme content focusses on providing practitioners with the theoretical underpinnings for the development of knowledge and skills in areas of assessment, screening and therapeutic interventions for persons with perinatal mental health issues.
On completion of the programme students will be able to:
•Appraise evidence informing health care practice in monitoring, coordinating and managing perinatal mental health
•Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the assessment and care required to support perinatal mental health
•Critically review current innovations and developments within perinatal mental health
•Discuss factors that influence practice and theoretical knowledge in relation to perinatal mental health
•Value the collaboration within interprofession teams in the provision of quality perinatal mental health care delivery
•Critically discuss the individual roles of the interprofessional team in the provision of effective perinatal mental health care
•Demonstrate the critical thinking skills and the ethical decision making required in the provision of perinatal mental health care
•Critically evaluate, generate and conduct research that will incorporate evidence based practice in perinatal mental health
•Critically appraise strategies to promote, maintain and restore perinatal mental health in relevant care groups
•Critically appraise international and national strategies that are relevant to advancing perinatal mental health care
•Demonstrate synthesis in the integration of national and international evidence to inform perinatal mental health care
The programme is listed as full time but is taken on a part time basis. The 90 credit consists of six modules in Year One (60 credits) and a dissertation project in Year 2 (30 credits). In year one students undertake three theory modules in each semester, a total of six modules in year one of the programme. Students are required to attend in University for a total of 13 days in year one, one introductory day and 6 lecture days in the Autumn and Spring semesters. In year two students will be required to complete a small scale research project, a systematic review, or a practice based enquiry within a supported framework. Students will be required to attend for three introductory days in the Autumn semester of year 2. They will be assigned an academic supervisor and will meet as required with their supervisor during completion of year 2.
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