126577 - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health ONLINE WORKSHOP
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This activity teaches basic strategies from a modern form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is well-suited for integration into primary care consultations for common post-birth presentations, either to help protect parental mental health or as an intervention for low intensity parental mental health challenges.
The perinatal period places parents at significantly increased risk of mental health problems. Postnatal depression has also been demonstrated to have adverse effects on the child’s long-term development, but to date, current interventions for PND do not improve developmental outcomes. The research shows that many at risk women do not wish to access specialist mental health services in the perinatal period. High level evidence calls for an integration of strategies for optimising mental health into the primary care services that are regularly utilised by mothers in the postnatal period, proposing that this is likely to be the most effective approach to optimising both maternal mental health and associated child developmental outcomes. ACT offers a powerful set of strategies for the support of perinatal mental health, which can be integrated into time-constrained consultations.Learning outcomes