The Parent Infant Centre

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Certificate or Diploma module

PIP 2 - Challenges and problems in infancy

Introduction to the module

This module can be taken either as part of the School's Diploma in Parent Infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy or as a stand-alone one-year certificate course in Infant Mental Health.1 The module can be taken without having taken module PIP 1.

The module looks at problems that can be experienced by the mother and infant around the time of birth, as well as in the first few years of life. 

The seminars can be attended in London or online. Copies of relevant texts are provided in advance of the seminars. 

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Why this module?

Join this module to gain a deeper understanding of the some of the problems faced by parents and infants from birth onwards. 

1This is a second year module from the School's UKCP-recognised Diploma in Parent Infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Theory seminars within the Diploma are divided into two streams - Parent Infant Psychotherapy (PIP) and Psychoanalysis (PA). Some modules from these streams are also made available as stand-alone certificate courses.


Start date
The next entry to this module is in January 2019.

The module consists of 15 fortnightly seminars arranged over three terms.

In person at 27 Frognal, London NW3 1AD or remotely via the internet.

As a stand-alone certificate


Suitable for
Anyone who is interested in an infant's early years, either professionally or as a parent. 

The module can form part of the continuing professional development of anyone working in early years.

The module can be undertaken without a final assessment. However, the award of the certificate depends upon:

  • Satisfactory attendance at the seminars
  • A pass mark for a 4,000 word paper on an aspect of infant development drawn from the module


Autumn Term Sep - Nov 2018 
Early challenges

PIP.201 Perinatal loss and bereavement
PIP.202 Prematurity and special care
PIP.203 Postnatal depression
PIP.204 Insecure attachments
PIP.205 Disability

Winter Term Jan - Mar 2019 
Problems in childhood 1

PIP.206 The relevance of culture
PIP.207 Difficulties in sleeping
PIP.208 Difficulties in feeding
PIP.209 Affective disorders
PIP.210 Psychosomatic problems

Spring Term Apr - Jun 2019
Problems in childhood 2

PIP.211 Autism 1
PIP.212 Autism 2
PIP.213 Abuse, trauma and resilience 1
PIP.214 Abuse, trauma and resilience 2
PIP.215 Attention deficit disorder

Trainees on the Diploma course are automatically enrolled onto this module.

Please use the button below if you wish to join the module as a certificate course. Please use the 'Contact us' link at the top of this page to make a more general enquiry.


After this module

After successful completion, certificate trainees may join module PIP 1, which looks more generally at early infant development. (Modules PIP 1 and PIP 2 can be taken in any order.)

Both of these modules can count towards the School's Diploma in Parent Infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. This diploma can lead to registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy as a parent infant psychoanalytic psychotherapist.