The Parent Infant Centre

it can be too late
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The School of Infant Mental Health


The School of Infant Mental Health delivers a range of training for professionals who work with infants and young children.

Most of the School's courses can be undertaken online, as well as in London.

The London-based School was established in 1990 as the first institution in the UK to provide professional training in this field. For over 20 years the School has provided training, clinical practice, expertise and research under the pioneering vision of Dr Stella Acquarone.

Diploma in Parent Infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Qualify as a UKCP-registered psychotherapist

The School of Infant Mental Health delivers a unique, UKCP-accredited training in Parent Infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

This is a thorough professional training that is available either at our base in North London or online via the internet.

There are two intakes each year, in January and September.

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Certificate courses

Continue your professional development

The School provides a range of one and two year certificate courses concerned with infant mental health, psychoanalysis and related topics.

As well as being of general interest, these courses can be used for continuing professional development or as part of a portfolio of training. The certificate courses are available online.

You can read more about these courses in the online Prospectus.

The prospectus

New: Weekend seminar


June 17th

One in 13 babies are born prematurely in the UK, that is, before the 37th week of pregnancy. Many of these babies will experience very few problems, but the greater the prematurity, the more the likelihood of difficulties. In some cases they will need the specialist support of a neonatal unit.

premature baby

Do join us for a one-day seminar that will look at the latest findings concerning the prevalence and long term outcomes of premature birth. We shall also consider the support needed by the infant in the neonatal period and the experience of the parent.

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Open evening

July 5th 4-6pm

Come along to our Open Evening to hear more about our training in parent infant psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

adult and child playing

This is a fascinating and rewarding field of work, where early interventions help to promote the healthy development of the child. Our graduates work in private practice and a variety of early years settings.

Our graduates are eligible to be registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

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Join an infant observation group

In London or online

There are occasional vacancies in the School's ongoing infant observation groups.

Mother and baby

A one or two year infant observation is a well-established way to deepen an understanding of human development and to strengthen the skills of observation and self-reflection.

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Commission our training

Increase your team's skills

The School delivers bespoke training in infant mental health, parent infant psychotherapy and related fields. This training is ideal for staff teams or for other groups of interested professionals.

Bespoke training can be delivered at the School's London base, at a host agency or online. This 'training that travels' has been delivered throughout the UK and overseas.

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