OCN Postnatal Depression & Birth Trauma Course
Led by an experienced Specialist Clinical and Research Psychologist, this advanced level Postnatal Depression and Birth Trauma course is ideal for childcare and health professionals who have a keen interest in psychological difficulties following traumatic childbirth.
This course will provide both an analytical and reflective space for professionals to explore the common psychological difficulties following traumatic childbirth, including postnatal depression (PND), birth trauma and post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This Postnatal Depression and Birth Trauma course will look at the impact of trauma on the brain, body and relationships, as well as assessment tools, medication used and how to manage risk as a practitioner. Throughout this advanced level course candidates will develop a deeper understanding of psychosocial interventions to assist individuals suffering from postnatal depression and post- traumatic stress disorder.
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Postnatal Depression & Birth Trauma Course Details
Course Dates & Details
Venue: London Marriott Hotel Kensington, 147c Cromwell Road, Kensington, London, SW5 0TH
Cost: £185pp incl VAT for Level 3; £295pp incl VAT for Level 4
Time: 10am – 5pm
2017 Dates: 15th Jul / 25th Nov
View course dates and book online below:
Postnatal Depression (PND) Course Content
Module 1 – Background on Birth Trauma
- Definition of birth trauma
- Literature on birth trauma and prevalence rates
Module 2 – Common psychological difficulties following traumatic childbirth
- Analysis of common risk factors for developing psychological difficulties
- Post-natal depression
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Assessment & screening measures, including the DSM-5 criteria
Module 3 – Analysis of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- The impact of trauma on the brain and body
- Why and how people develop symptoms of PTSD
- What PTSD looks like clinically
- The relationship between PTSD and PND
- How to distinguish between PTSD and PND
Module 4 – The Impact of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Postnatal Depression
- On the mother (including physical problems resulting in feelings of shame/disgust/horror)
- On the relationship between the mother and baby (short and longer-term)
- On the relationship between the mother and other people/the world
- On how the mother engages with post-natal support services
Module 5 – Managing and treating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Postnatal Depression
- Risk assessment – including self harm and suicide and how to manage and assess
- How to get people to talk and normalise feelings
- PTSD symptom management
- Building a support network (liaising and linking to wider agencies)
- NICE guidelines for the treatment of PND and PTSD
- Overview of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) intervention for PTSD
Module 6 – The challenges professionals face when working with individuals with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Postnatal Depression, including:
- Encouraging women with PTSD to seek help an finding the right kind of support
- How to show empathy and ask the right questions
- How to identify burnout and vicarious traumatisation
This advanced level Postnatal Depression & Birth Trauma course is pitched at level 4 and candidates can choose which post course assessment they would like to complete after the course. As an advanced level course we recommend that candidates have newborn experience before attending.
Post course assessment options:
- Option 1: Level 3 OCN London Postnatal Depression Training Course (A-Level standard)
- Option 2: Level 4 OCN London Postnatal Depression Training Course (Foundation degree standard).
We recommend that candidates completing the level 4 assessment have already completed a course to at least a level 3 standard. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us on: 0208 986 9008 or email: [email protected] and we are happy to discuss the assessment in more detail.
Postnatal Depression & Birth Trauma course assessment:
Candidates are emailed a study pack along with assessment, and are given 5 weeks to complete this before sending the completed version back to us by email. Candidates require internet access to download resources and view video clips, and will require the use of a computer to study the course (please note: tablets and smartphones are not advisable for studying).
To complete the assessment candidates must ensure their computer meets the minimum requirements as refunds cannot be given once enrolled. These requirements include:
- Internet access and a working email address that we can contact you on and a Word Processing package such as Microsoft Word in order to complete the assessment
- Up-to-date internet browser such as: Internet Explorer/Safari/Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox etc…
- Ability to hear audio/video via your computer as our resource files include video clips
- Use of a computer to complete the course work. Smart phones and tablets are not suitable for completing the assessment as the display and functionality can be affected.
London Marriott Hotel Kensington, 147c Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0TH
Tel: +44(0) 20 7973 1000
From Heathrow Airport:
Take M4 East and continue onto A4 to Hammersmith/Central London. A4 becomes Cromwell Road, pass Earls Court Road junction on your right. Turn first right into Knaresborough Place opposite Cromwell Hospital, then first left into Collingham Place and then left again. At the traffic lights turn left which will bring you to the hotel entrance on Cromwell Road, opposite Sainsbury’s store.
From Gatwick Airport:
Take M23 and connect to M4 East towards Central London and join onto A4 towards Central London. A4 becomes Cromwell Road, pass Earls Court Road junction on your right. Turn first right into Knaresborough Place opposite Cromwell Hospital, then first left into Collingham Place and then left again. At the traffic lights turn left which will bring you to the hotel entrance on Cromwell Road, opposite Sainsbury’s store. Alternatively take the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station, then take the Tube – District or Circle Line to Earls Court or Gloucester Road Station.
Traveling by Tube
Nearest stations: Earl’s Court Station & Gloucester Road Station
Tube lines: District line, Circle line, and Piccadilly line
£35 per day- Book by calling London Marriott Hotel Kensington
£7-£8 If you book with 20% discount code :BABYEM20
The Hotel is NOT within the London congestion charging zone
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know whether to choose the level 3 or the level 4?
We recommend that candidates completing the level 4 Postnatal Depression & Birth Trauma Course assessment have already completed a course to at least a level 3 standard. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us on: 0208 986 9008 or email: [email protected] and we are happy to discuss the assessment in more detail.
Can I change from a level 3 to level 4?
During the course we spend time discussing the assessment and you are welcome to change the level you would like to complete up to 24 hours after the course and only pay the difference.
If I choose to complete the level 3 now, can I update to level 4 at a later date?
You are welcome to top up from a level 3 to level 4 at any time. Please call us on: 0208 986 9008 or email: [email protected]
Our Postnatal Depression & Birth Trauma Course Tutor
Consultant Perinatal Psychologist,
BSc, MSc, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Julianne is a highly experienced perinatal psychologist with extensive experience working in the NHS and running a private practice with parents and parents-to-be who have needed support with a wide variety of issues including anxiety and depression during and after pregnancy, miscarriage and reproductive loss, attachment issues, re-emergence of childhood issues and couples issues.
Julianne is a member of the Birth Trauma Association and Association for Infant Mental Health and specialises in working therapeutically with birth trauma, PTSD and tokophobia (fear of giving birth) as these issues impact the mother, couple relationship and parent-infant attachment.
She has over 15 years’ experience teaching and training psychologists, psychotherapists and other health professionals on issues of parental mental health, attachment, early years and positive mental health for babies and young children.
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