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Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health

Course Points
10
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Level
Level 9
Course Places
20 Places
Course Start Date
February 2021

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

Applications for this programme will open in late 2020. All programmes are delivered subject to demand.

If you have any questions about this course, please use the 'Enquire about this course' button at the bottom of this page. This programme is in high demand. Places will be limited to the first 20 eligible candidates who are offered a place on the programme.

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 course is delivered over one semester using a blended learning format that combines face to face classes with online delivery.

  • 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 Kathleen Nallen (Acting Head of Section of Midwifery)
Phone: +353 429370200
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 ID DK_NPMTH_9
Level 9
Duration 1 Semester
Credits 10
Places 20
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees €800
Starting Date February 2021
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How to Apply

Applications for this programme will open in late 2020. All programmes are delivered subject to demand.

If you have any questions about this course, please use the 'Enquire about this course' button at the bottom of this page. This programme is in high demand. Places will be limited to the first 20 eligible candidates who are offered a place on the programme.