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Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health

Course Points
10
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Level
Level 9
Course Places
16 Places
Course Start Date
Wednesday 18th September 2024

One great reason to consider this course

  • This programme is approved by the NMBI (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland).

Course Summary

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.

Important notice about this course

NOW ENROLLING FOR AUTUMN 2024 INTAKE

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 4th September OR until all places are taken whichever comes first.

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.

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 content of the Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health will include:

  • 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.

More course details here: http://courses.dkit.ie/index.cfm/page/module/moduleId/55146

 

The programme wil be delivered as follows:

18th September live online lectures 09.00 to 16.30

25th September live online lectures 09.00 to 16.30

9th October live online classses 09.00 to 16.30

23rd October live on line clases 09.00hrs to 16.30 

6th November Live online classes 09.00hrs to 16.30

13th November Live online classes 09.00hrs to 16.30

27th November Live online classes 09.00hrs to 16.30

4th December Live online classes 09.00hrs to 16.30

11th December Live online classses 08.30hrs to 16.30 

 

One face-to-face teaching day in DkIT will be offered to students as an option during the programme. This option will be decided upon by the student group.

Students will also be required to undertake directed and independent study.

Please note this timetable is subject to change.

  • 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.

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.

Dr. Anita Byrne (Midwife Lecturer / Programme Director )
Phone: 042 9370200 (Ext. 2765)
Email: anita.byrne@dkit.ie

Jill Atkinson (Head of Section of Midwifery)
Phone: +353 42 937 0264
Email: jill.atkinson@dkit.ie

Course ID DK_NPMTH_9
Course Type Flexible & Professional, Postgraduate
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 9
Duration 1 Semester
Fees €950
Starting Date Wednesday 18th September 2024
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Credits 10
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method Blended

How To Apply

Apply Directly to DkIT

Apply directly to DkIT using our online applications system. Please remember to upload the required documentation (copies of your existing qualification(s), your CV, any other support documents etc) with your online application to expedite your application. To avoid disappointment early registration is recommended.

Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).