Infancy:Infant and Parent Relationship

Subject PSYT90027 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 contact hours
Total Time Commitment:

Approx. 120 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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University of Melbourne Commercial
The University of Melbourne
Level 3, 442 Auburn Road
Hawthorn, Vic 3122 Australia


Subject Overview:

Students will become familiar with the theoretical foundations for understanding all aspects of the infant's development and infant/parent relationships.

Methodologies with which infants have been observed and studied will be examined and students will become familiar with key psychoanalytic and psychodynamic concepts and models for understanding the infant and family experience. Theories of child rearing including cultural aspects, how family and social context impinge upon the infant's development, and some common problems of early infancy will be examined.

Students will be introduced to the techniques used in communicating with and assessing infants and examine some of the therapeutic results of such intervention.

  • Become familiar with theoretical foundations for the understanding of all aspects of the infant's development.
  • Become familiar with methodologies with which infants have been observed and studied.
  • Be introduced to developmental infant psychology literature and research on infant's capacities
  • Become familiar with key psychodynamic and psychoanalytic concepts/models for understanding the infant's and family's experience.

Advanced Training in Infant and Parent Mental Health requires student participation in seminars via presentation of class papers, reading of the relevant research and discussion. Consequently, 85% attendance is necessary and expected as part of meeting the course requirements.

  • One written assignment 4000 words
Prescribed Texts:

All study materials will be provided

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Sciences (Infant and Parent Ment.Hlth)

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