Introduction to the Integrative Perinatal Counselling Model

Introduction to the Integrative Perinatal Counselling Model

Perinatal Counselling is a distinct field that remains undeveloped and requires specialist training and knowledge. We are delighted to present this introductory course in Perinatal Counselling for accredited and pre-accredited counsellors and psychotherapists who would like to inform their practice with evidence based approaches and are seeking to get a head start on specialising in the field of Perinatal Counselling.

This course will introduce the Integrative Perinatal Counselling model to the practitioners, an evidence based approach developed at the School of Medicine, University College Dublin. The delivery of the course will be interactive in manner and will use experiential learning techniques. This course will demonstrate foundational hands-on approaches, techniques and skills of working with clients going through the perinatal period using real life case studies. This course will also provide information on and pathways to further develop as a specialist in this field.

The course will focus on the following areas:

  • Introduction to the field of Perinatal counselling and the Irish perinatal mental health landscape
  • Incorporating the Integrative Perinatal Counselling Model in your own practice
  • From assessment to referral pathways – Discussion on Case studies

Mode of Delivery: Online.  Duration: 3 Weeks (6.00-8.00pm)    

Certification: The College will issue a Certificate of Attendance to those who take this Short course.

CPD Points: 6 CPD points for APCP and ACI 

Course fee – €75       APPLY NOW

*Please note that you “Apply Now” for the course and you will be emailed a payment link prior to the course closing date. All fees must be paid by the course start date.

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Duration: 3 Weeks (6.00-8.00pm)

*Scheduled course dates and times may be subject to change.

Closing Date for Applications: TBA

Date 1  •Defining the perinatal period

•Exploring contributing factors for perinatal mental health difficulties

•Baby Blues, Postnatal Depression (PND) and Postpartum Psychosis

•Exploring the existing theories on PND

•Disorder or discomfort? The blurred lines before and after PND

Date 2  •Understanding the current landscape of perinatal mental health within the Irish context

•Guidelines on defining your scope of practice for perinatal counselling within the Irish context

•Incorporating this evidence based model in existing practice

•Assessment in perinatal counselling

•Foundational techniques and skills

Date 3  •Maintaining an evidence based practice with congruence

•Risks assessment and signposting

•Case studies and discussion (participants welcome to bring cases)

•Referral pathways and limitations

•Pathways and available structures to further develop


Lecturer Details  : Dr Mou Sultana 

Dr Mou Sultana is a lecturer and clinical and academic supervisor at ICHAS. In addition to ICHAS, she works as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist (British Psychological Society CPsychol, BPS) and a Psychotherapist (Irish Council of Psychotherapy ICP and American Psychological Association APA) with VHI. Mou also works as a group facilitator and Supervisor with MOVE Ireland, a domestic violence perpetrators program. Her private practice Need2talk is a consultancy service that provides psychological diagnosis, therapy, training and research to individuals and corporate clients. Following her Bachelors in Integrative Counselling Psychotherapy, Mou completed her Masters in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at UCD. She then went on to complete a Masters in Sociology from the University of Limerick, and a Masters in Applied Psychology from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Mou’s Doctoral research is in Perinatal Mental Health conducted at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, and awarded by the School of Medicine at the University College Dublin. She is the author of “Castration Complex : What’s so natural about sexuality” published by Routledge (2018).

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