The Parent Infant Centre

it can be too late
but never too early

Infant development

This module is also available via remote learning

Introduction to the module

This module can either be taken 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

Each term considers a different aspect of infant development. The seminars can be attended in London or online. Copies of relevant texts are provided in advance of the seminars.

The module includes material about the first months of life, looking at topics such as pre and post-natal experience, the family context and early challenges such as prematurity.

1This is a 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 2020.

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

In person at 27 Frognal, London NW3 1AD or remotely via the internet. The School currently has trainees based elsewhere in the UK and Europe, in Australasia, and in North and South America.

As a stand-alone certificate

£1,225 (or three termly payments of £450)

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 for 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


Winter Term Jan - Mar 2020 
The developing child

PIP1.06 Prenatal and postnatal conscious and unconscious processes
PIP1.07 Attachment
PIP1.08 Culture and infancy
PIP1.09 The parent infant dance
PIP1.10 Play

Spring Term Apr - Jul 2020
The family context

PIP1.11 Transition to parenthood
PIP1.12 Fathers
PIP1.13 Siblings
PIP1.14 Refugee families
PIP1.15 Childcare

Autumn Term Sep - Dec 2020
Early challenges

PIP2.01 Perinatal loss and bereavement
PIP2.02 Prematurity and special care
PIP2.03 Postnatal depression
PIP2.04 Insecure attachments
PIP2.05 Disability

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 trainees may go on to join other courses offered by the School.

This course 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.