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Empowering Excellence: An introduction to infant mental health and infant-led work with families

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 2.5 hours (FPS)
Cost:

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Organiser: AASW
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This introduction to infant-led practice and infant mental health in the context of family practice will cover:

  • Infant mental health and the care-giving context
  • What is infant-led practice
  • The development of self within the context of relationships
  • Early brain development and the therapeutic relationships
  • What to do in the therapeutic space

The course comprises a one hour presentation, together with a one hour therapeutic demonstration, with a mother and child.

This course is relevant to social workers (and other counsellors and allied health professionals) working with individuals, families, groups and/or wider communities; including within clinical mental health settings.

Learning objectives

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Introducing infant mental health and the care-giving context
  • What underpins and exemplifies infant-led practice
  • Challenging ‘adult-centric’ thinking and exploring the development of self within the context of relationships
  • Early brain development and the therapeutic relationship
  • What to do in the therapeutic space

Presenter details

Dr Wendy Bunston is a clinical social worker, associate teacher at La Trobe University, and director of wb training and consultancy. Wendy is a passionate speaker, and has worked in the child and family welfare sector for 30 years. She is a member of the AASW College of Social Work (Clinical Division).

Wendy previously managed the multi, national award-winning Addressing Family Violence Programs in Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, Mental Health Service, as a senior infant mental health clinician and consultant family therapist. Wendy’s PhD on the experience of infants in women’s refuges won the prestigious ‘Nancy Millis’ award in 2016. Wendy is also the author of multiple international articles, chapters and her recent book, “Helping Babies and Children to Heal after Family Violence” is published by UK publishers, Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Her next book on “Supporting Vulnerable Babies” is due out next year.

Method of delivery

Once you have registered for this course, all online content is available to view at your convenience via the AASW SWOT Platform.

Please ensure that your email address is accurate and updated when you register.

Duration

2.5 hours (including reflective exercises)

CPD

This course can be claimed under Focussed Psychological Strategies for CPD purposes, consistent with the CPD requirements for Accredited Mental Health Social Workers.

Cost

AASW member price: $199
AASW student price: $99
Non-member price: $299

Registration

  1. Register for this course by following the link to the right
  2. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing all access instructions.

For further information regarding the Empowering Excellence Program, please contact the AASW CPD Team on (03) 9320 1003 or via email at cpd@aasw.asn.au.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers