The Parent Infant Centre

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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. 

Click here for a short introduction to the School by Dr Acquarone.

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

From the School

Families: Complex beginnings

June 22nd 2019

The School of Infant Mental Health is pleased to present four workshops by clinicians and experts, who will explore ways in which children can be born into complex beginnings.

Working with same-gender parents . Working with parents undertaking IVF . Supporting parents through the loss of a child . Children with parents with mental health difficulties

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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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