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Exploring Parent-Infant Mental Health: Insights and Interventions Across Services

Friday 26th April 2019 at Trinity Park, Ipswich

This workshop is being organised by the East of England branch of the Division of Clinical Psychology. The workshop will aim to provide an overview of perinatal and parent-infant mental health difficulties and their impact on the developing infant and parent-child relationship. We will aim to provide some key ideas to take away for use within a variety of clinical settings. Particular consideration will be given to parent-infant difficulties within adoptive families.

The workshop will provide insight into core concepts within this field including signs and symptoms of early difficulties. Consideration will be given to the assessment of such difficulties as well as the support needs for the whole family. The current evidence base for working with such difficulties will be highlighted with consideration of differing roles across the involved network. Particular emphasis will be given to how such difficulties might emerge within adoptive families; the unique vulnerabilities and experiences of adoptive parents as they look to building a family with a child or infant who has experienced trauma and loss.

Learning outcomes and objectives:

  • To increase knowledge and awareness of perinatal and parent-infant mental health difficulties, including signs, symptoms, implications and systemic considerations
  • To consider and evaluate the current evidence base and models for working with parent-infant difficulties
  • To consider parent-infant difficulties in the context of adoptive families
  • To learn transferable knowledge and skills to apply to clinical work across a variety of settings

Who is the course intended for?

Members and non-members, qualified and pre-qualified clinical psychologists, other clinicians working with children and families.

Tailor your attendance

Joanne and Sharon will be aiming to tailor the workshop to the learning needs and requirements of those who attend. If you are attending and would like to offer feedback and suggestions prior to the day, please email dpatfnlnwrso@mi.ocesoegadokhpgalcm before Friday 5th April 2019 with one or two sentences about what you would particularly like to get from the day and any specific questions that you would like addressed.

Please note, bookings for this event closed at 15.00 on Thursday 25th April 2019

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


Friday 26th April 2019

Please note, all speakers, timing and content are subject to change.

10:00Workshop start
16:30Event Close

Speakers and Facilitators

Sharon Kenny

Sharon Kenny is a Specialist Clinician with the Corporate Parenting Clinical Team in Cambridgeshire Children’s Social Care. Sharon has a background in general and mental health nursing and worked in CAMHS for 15 years in both in-patient and community settings. Sharon moved to children’s Social Care 6 years ago and has worked in both safeguarding and looked after children teams. Sharon has a special interest in parent-infant work and has trained in Mellow Parenting, Video Interaction Guidance, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Anna Freud parent-infant model and Watch, Wait and Wonder. Sharon also has training in systemic family therapy and predominantly draws on systemic and attachment theories in her work.

Dr Joanne Peterkin

Dr Joanne Peterkin is a Clinical Psychologist with specialist experience of working within Children’s Social Care with Looked After and Adopted children and families. More recently, Joanne is working as the Principal Psychologist within a specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service within Cambridgeshire. She has a special interest in parent-infant mental health and early intervention. Joanne is also a Video Interaction Guidance Supervisor and is trained in Mentalisation-based family therapy and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Joanne has experience of working with trauma and subsequent relational difficulties which can emerge within parent-child dyads. Joanne draws on neurobiological, attachment and systemic theories within her work. Joanne has worked across NHS, Social Care, Voluntary Adoption Agency and private practice settings.


Trinity Park

Felixstowe Rd, Ipswich, IP3 8UH •  Directions

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