Infant Mental Health and Early Intervention with Babies and Parents.

This highly-regarded 10-session course in Infant Mental Health helps professionals address difficulties in the parent-infant relationship and to enhance their skills in intervention. The course considers infant development from the perspectives of psychoanalysis, attachment theory, infant developmental research, and social policy. The programme, developed by Child Psychotherapist Peter Toolan, has been continuously updated and delivered in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Stockport and Rotherham over the past 15 years.

Course Content

The course is a practical and theoretical introduction to some essential themes concerning the foundations of emotional, cognitive and personality development in babies and young children in the context of their primary relationships and experiences.

The course explores professional responses to the wide range of struggles families may experience such as: toileting, feeding, sleeping and behavioural problems.

There is a focus on the development of participants’ observation skills to make the connection between feelings, needs and behaviour.

Through weekly seminars the course explores some pioneering studies and clinical approaches and also involves in-depth discussion of participants’ own case work and clinical experiences.


This course will be of particular relevance to colleagues in the fields of Health Visiting, Midwifery, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Psychology, Education, Social Care, Primary Care, Early Help and Early Years.

Numbers will be limited to 12 places per course. Successful applicants will be required to commit to:

  • having signed consent from their manager
  • attending all 10 sessions
  • reading papers in preparation for the following session
  • undertaking a one off infant observation
  • bringing written accounts of their own professional work for discussion

Attendance certificates and CPD accreditation will be provided for participants completing the course.


The course is free to professionals working within in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The course is also open to professionals working outside of Newcastle at a cost of £750 per person.

Successful applicants will be invoiced for the full course fee 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

Once places have been confirmed all cancellations will incur a £50 administration fee.

Cancellations from applicants working externally to Newcastle made within 4 weeks of the course start date, will incur the full course fee.

Course fees made be subject to periodic review.


Autumn 2019

Dates (Tuesdays): 1st October, 8th October, 15th October, 22nd October, (half term break on 29th October), 5th November, 12th November, 19th November, 26th November, 3rd December, the final session of the course will take place on either 10th or 17th December and will be confirmed at a later date.

Times: From 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm (with a 20 minute break at 2.30 pm approx)

Venue: NEWPIP, Children North East, Fawdon Community Centre, Fawdon Park Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 2PL


To apply for this course please fill in the application form.