'Supporting infants and toddlers' eLearning course

How to identify and intervene when a parent experiences mental illness 

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About the course

The 'Supporting infants and toddlers of parents with a mental illness' eLearning course helps mental health workers to identify and intervene when their clients are parents who experience mental illness and have dependent children.

This introductory course takes learners through the impact of mental illness on the family through the antenatal period, explains attachment and principles of sensitive communication with parents regarding the needs of their children. Learn about parenting interventions and strategies to effectively support these families.

Who is it for?

This course has been designed for adult mental health workers and any other practitioners working with parents of young children where the parent has a mental illness.

Assumed knowledge

It is recommended that learners complete COPMI's 'Keeping families and children in mind' eLearning course, which provides training in development of a family-sensitive approach to working with families where a parent has a mental illness. However, this is not mandatory in order to undertake the course.

Why take the course?

  • Understand how you can improve outcomes for parents, infants and toddlers where parents have a mental illness.
  • It includes practical video demonstrations to help visualise training in practice.
  • It's interactive, practical and engaging - making learning easier.
  • It includes links to practical resources that can be used in practice.
  • It’s FREE.
  • View all content on your iPad.

How long does it take?

The course is estimated to take 1.5 to 2 hours to complete (including watching videos and completing the assessment). Ultimately, workers can complete the course in several sessions at their own pace. The last page you visit will be bookmarked so that you can jump straight back to where you left off. 

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Professional endorsement for CPD

The COPMI national initiative's courses are endorsed for CPD hours for a range of professional associations' requirements. Find out out more about CPD status inside the eLearning system.

Institutions currently endorsing this course include:

  • The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (QI and CPD Program Category 2: 4 points)
  • The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM PRPD)
  • The Australian College of Mental Health Nuses (2 CPE points)
  • The Australian Association of Social Workers

Members of The Australian Psychological Society and Occupational Therapists can accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours by participating in CPD activities that they determine to be relevant to their individual professional skills, learning plans and goals. These may be self-initiated. CPD activities do not need to be endorsed by the APS or OT Australia.

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