Master of Health Sciences (Infant and Parent Mental Health)(Coursework)

Course 370-IP (2009)

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Year and Campus: 2009
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


A/Prof Cambell Paul (Course Coordinator) Sophia Damianidis (Course Administrator)Royal Children's HospitalMental Health ServicesGround Floor, South East BuildingGatehouse StreetParkville, Vic 3052T: +61 3 9345 5511F: +61 3 9345 6002 E: campbell.paul@
Course Overview: This course is aimed at health care professionals working in the infant mental health field, who wish to develop their understanding and clinical skills in working with infants and parents or who are interested in participating in service development, delivery and evaluation.

The course focuses primarily on the baby and the infant/parent relationships and provides training in skilled assessment and intervention with families which can greatly assist the capacity of parents to facilitate their child's development. Infant and Parent Mental Heath therefore is able to play a major role in the prevention of serious psychiatric disability.

The course has been developed out of clinical teaching work of the Infant Mental Health Group at the Royal Children's Hospital and draws on the disciplines of psychiatry, developmental psychology and psychoanalysis for it's theoretical basis.

The Masters course aims to provide a thorough knowledge of the principles and practice of infant mental health and equip students to directly apply the knowledge and skills gained to intervene effectively with infants and families presenting with infant mental heath problems.

Objectives: On completion of this course participants will have:
  • gained an increased knowledge of clinical skills, developed in assessing and treating infants and families with mental health problems; and
  • developed expertise in direct clinical work, consultation and liaison, early intervention and research.

Course Structure & Available Subjects: Students will be required to complete all seven coursework subjects (each of which will have a written assessment of between 1,500 - 3,000 words) and a research project of 12-15,000 words.

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Entry Requirements: Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Sciences (Infant and Parent Mental Health) or equivalent qualification.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None
Notes: The course will be conducted one afternoon per week over the academic year such that the time required for the course will be at least four hours per week.

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