Post Graduate Courses

The course will not be offered in 2020. Please contact the Course Coordinators to express interest in the 2021 training.

Two semesters, each 12 weeks.

Wednesdays, 1:00-5:00 PM

Expressions of Interest
Expressions of interest and other course enquiries should be directed to the Course Coordinators.


Course Coordinators

A/Prof Campbell Paul
Telephone: +61 3 9345 5502
Mobile: +61 421 700 905
Email: [email protected]

A/Prof Brigid Jordan
Telephone: +61 3 9345 4144
Email: [email protected]

Infant Mental Health Advanced Training (IMHAT)

The Infant Mental Health Advanced Training (IMHAT) course aims to provide a basic understanding of the principles of infant and parent mental health and to equip students to use this understanding to further develop their skills in working with babies and toddlers who present with, or are at risk of developing, mental health problems. The course builds upon the former University of Melbourne Graduate Diploma and Masters courses in Infant and Parent Mental health (est. 1996) and was developed out of the clinical, teaching and research work of the Infant Mental Health Group at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. It is aimed at health care professionals working in the infant mental health field wh0 wish to develop their understanding and clinical skills in work with infants and parents. The course focuses primarily on the baby and infant/parent relationships and draws on the disciplines of psychiatry, developmental psychology, attachment theory, social theory and psychoanalysis for the theoretical basis to provide sound theoretical, practical and observational foundations for working with infants and famliies experiencing mental health problems.

Course Overview

There are four subjects in this course:
IMH0001: The Infant-Parent Relationship
IMH0002: Clinical Problems in Infancy
IMH0003: The Infant in Social Context
IMH0004: Observing and Assessing Infants

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

Methodologies iwth which infants have been observed and studied will be examined and students will become famliiar 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 usedin communicating with and assessing infants and examine some of the therapeutic results of such intervention.

Please note that while a certificate of completion will be provided, this is not a University of Melbourne award course.


Students will be selected from applicants with degrees or equivalent training in medicine, psychiatry, psychology, nursing, social work, speech pathology or other related health and welfare disciplines. Applicants would normally be expected to have at least two years of post-graduation clinical experience, and should be currently working or anticipate working with babies, toddlers and their families.

Teaching Faculty

The Infant Mental Health Advanced Training (IMHAT) course is coordinated by Associate Professor Campbell Paul and Associate Professor Brigid Jordan. Additional teaching faculty are drawn from the staff of the Infant Mental Health Group, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne and from other clinical infant and parent mental health programs.