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Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health

Course Points
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Level
Level 9
Course Places
20 Places
Course Start Date
Wednesday 18th September 2019

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. 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.

Important notice about this course

Places for this course are offered on a first come, first served basis so we recommend getting your application in as early as possible. Applications are normally reviewed within a week of submission.

The final closing date for applications is Friday 30th August 2019 or until places are full.

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.

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

More course details here:

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 college on the following days. The remainder of the programme is delivered on-line.

  • Wednesday 18th September
  • Wednesday 25th September
  • Wednesday 9th October
  • Wednesday 23rd October
  • Wednesday 6th November
  • Wednesday 13th November
  • Wednesday 27th November
  • Wednesday 4th December
  • Wednesday 11th December

€800 payable by 31st October.

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.

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 429370264

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor (Head of Section Part time Courses School of Health and Science)
Phone: +353 42 9370200 Ext 2736

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 Wednesday 18th September 2019
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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.

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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 using either of the contacts listed above under 'Contacts' tab.

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