Depression in pregnancy and the postnatal
period has now become a major concern of all health care
workers. Research has highlighted the benefits of early
intervention to alleviate distress and to reduce the short
and long-term consequences for mothers and their children.
The UK Department of Health has recognised
the importance of mental health by setting standards in
the National Service Framework for Mental Health. "All
patients with a common mental health problem should have
their needs assessed and be offered appropriate, effective
Many Primary Care Trusts are now addressing
Postnatal Depression in their Health Improvement Plans.
Improved maternal and child mental health are key objectives
of the SureStart programs.
Our courses were developed from a research
study at the University of Cambridge, UK that investigated
the efficacy of different psychological treatments for postnatal
The first 3 courses are commissioned
by the client and delivered on the client site:
We also offer a residential course:
- a 4-day course aimed at practitioners
and providing skills-based training to identify depression
and to treat it. Treatment is based on a planned, structured
and focussed intervention using techniques derived from
couselliong and cognitive behavioural theory.
- a 2-day course covering detection of
depression and basic interventions.
- a 1-day workshop awareness raising,
and detection, of perinatal mood disorders.
- Trainers course. A 3-day course designed
for for those responsible for training primary health
care workers. This course is delivered at the campus of
the University of Reading, UK. See the adjacent column
Other courses can be tailored to meet to
abbreviated to "PND" hence our name.
The condition is known as Postpartum Depression or PPD in
Residential course for trainers...
Our residential, three-day, course
for trainers , is held at the campus of the University
of Reading, UK.
The next course will run on:
13, 14 & 15 September 2005
Let us share our findings
Analysis of the first 80 responses
to our 'PND Sufferers' questionnaire can be found
| Please share your thoughts with
Complete a short questionnaire and view
the findings to date:
(PPD): Personal Experiences
For those who have suffered personally:
the condition detected or treated? What support did
you receive? How are you now?
Training: Objectives & Requirements
For those seeking training in the detection and management
What type of training do you need? How long can
you spare? Where do you want to go? What do you want