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Delivering perinatal psychological interventions digitally (Webinar 1)

21 September 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Instead of a conference this year, the Perinatal Psychology Faculty are putting on a webinar series.

The first webinar in the series will focus on sharing best practice on delivering psychological interventions remotely to women with perinatal mental health difficulties

It will cover adaptation on working with trauma, the parent-infant relationship, group work, and couple-focused approaches.

While we advocate and encourage attendance at our live webinar/online events to receive the complete experience, we also understand that circumstances happen that mean delegates can no longer attend.

This event will be recorded and delegates registered for the event will receive the recording within 10 working days of the event.

The recording is for personal use of the registered delegate only and must not be shared.

Please understand that in some cases speakers do not give permission to be recorded and this is outside of our control.

10.00am Introduction and overview of delivering psychological interventions digitally - Heather O’Mahen, Associate Professor in Perinatal Clinical Psychology, University of Exeter.

10.10am Brief presentations on key issues around remote delivery of interventions during the perinatal period:

a) Parent-infant interventions - Dr Camilla Rosan, Head of Early Years, Anna Freud Centre; Honorary Secretary, BPS Faculty of Perinatal Psychology & Alexandros Tsefos, Assistant Psychologist, Early Years Programme, Anna Freud Centre. 

b) Trauma focused interventions during the perinatal period - Dr Rachel Mycroft, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, BSMHFT; Perinatal Psychology Lead, Oxleas; Chair BPS Faculty of Perinatal Psychology

c) Perinatal groups - Dr Cerith Waters, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer, and Clinical Lead for Perinatal Psychological Services, Cardiff University & Cardiff and Vale UHB

d) Couples work in perinatal populations - Dr Sarah Healy, Perinatal Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice

10.50am Audience question and answer session with panellists session convened by: Heather O’Mahen, Associate Professor in Perinatal Clinical Psychology, University of Exeter & Helen Sharp, Professor of Perinatal and Clinical Child Psychology, University of Liverpool; Past Chair, BPS Faculty of Perinatal Psychology

11.20am Summary and conclusions Heather O’Mahen, Associate Professor in Perinatal Clinical Psychology, University of Exeter

12.00pm Close

Speaker biographies:

Dr Sarah Healy has over 15 years of perinatal mental health experience, including extensive experience delivering evidence-based psychological therapies to women in the perinatal period. Clinically, she has experience working in roles across the care pathway, including as the Perinatal Lead in an IAPT service, and as a Clinical Psychologist in two specialist perinatal teams. She holds postgraduate qualifications in CBT and Behavioural Couples Therapy and has also trained in CFT and ACT. She is currently the Perinatal Pathway Lead at Healios, piloting online therapy provision for women in the perinatal period and an Associate Clinical Tutor at UCL, as well as working in private practice. Alongside Prof. Heather O'Mahen at the University of Exeter, she is currently leading the development of the IAPT perinatal competency, curriculum, and training framework, and the revision of the IAPT Perinatal Positive Practice Guide. Over the last three years, Dr Healy has moved her clinical practice to working predominantly online, offering therapy for individuals and couples, as well as clinical supervision.

Dr Cerith Waters is senior lecturer in Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology at Cardiff University and the Clinical Lead Psychologist In the Cardiff and Vale perinatal mental health service. Cerith has worked in the area of perinatal mental health both as a researcher and clinician for over 12 years. Recently he has led on the adaptation of group based interventions for perinatal mental health problems for on-line delivery. 

Dr Rachel Mycroft is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Chair of the British Psychological Society Faculty of Perinatal Psychology.  She is joint service lead for Perinatal Psychology in Birmingham and Solihull NHS Foundation Trust across the Mother and Baby Unit and Community Perinatal Mental Health Services.  She is also Perinatal Psychology Lead in Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.  She has extensive experience of perinatal mental health and perinatal psychological therapies, with particular expertise in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy as applied in the perinatal period and special interests in tokophobia and birth trauma. She regularly delivers supervision, teaching and training across a range of settings and helped to establish the national Perinatal Clinical Psychology Training programme.  

Alexandros Tsefos is an Assistant Psychologist in the Early Years Programme at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Alexandros has been working in perinatal mental health, offering Mentalization-Based Treatment for Parents: Reflective Parenting to fathers who have recently had a baby. Recently he has delivered the Reflective Parenting group intervention online to perinatal fathers.

Heather O’Mahen is Associate Professor of Perinatal Clinical Psychology. Heather is leading a translational clinical research programme focussed on improving access to evidence-based treatment for mental health problems, particularly for parents and families during the perinatal period and during adolescence. Heather is leading an NIHR HS&DR funded study (ESMI-II) evaluating the effectiveness of community perinatal mental health teams, and is a co-investigator on two grants developing and delivering a scalable Behavioural Activation informed digital intervention for adolescents with depression in South Africa (Do-BAT, MRC/Newton GCRF) and Uganda (Wellspring). She was also a co-investigator on a recently completed trial (NIHR RFPB) examining the feasibility of Interpersonal Counselling for antenatal depression in primary care mental health (IAPT). As part of CEDAR at the University of Exeter, and in collaboration with the University of Liverpool, Heather is leading the national HEE funded Perinatal clinical Psychology Training Programme. She is also a member of the Perinatal CRG, and co-leads the research sub-group with Giles Berrisford. Heather is also leading the development of IAPT perinatal competence framework, positive practice guide and a training and supervision curriculum for perinatal provision. Heather remains actively involved nationally and internationally in guideline development groups and delivering clinical training to multidisciplinary providers.

Helen Sharp is a Professor of Perinatal and Child Clinical Psychology. Helen leads an international research portfolio of longitudinal studies investigating  the mechanisms of transmission of risk from perinatal mental health problems to child mental health and a range of other developmental outcomes in the UK and India. She is also co-investigator on an NIHR HS&DR funded study (ESMI-II) evaluating experiences of receiving care from specialist community perinatal services in England. Helen is academic advisor on the national Perinatal Clinical Psychology Training Programme and in her role as previous Chair of the Faculty of Perinatal Psychology for the BPS has been actively involved in national developments more broadly for the past five years.

Dr Camilla Rosan works at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families as Head of Early Years. Camilla is a consultant clinical psychologist and couple therapist by background and has a specialist research interest in developing the field of couples and co-parenting work from pre-conception across the transition to parenthood, and is involved in several research projects to develop the evidence-base in this area.

Previous to her current role, Camilla worked at NHS England leading their national transformation programme for perinatal mental health services and in this position was critical in ensuring that perinatal mental health and parent-infant work received significant additional investment in the NHS Long Term Plan. Prior to this, she worked at the Mental Health Foundation and the NSPCC leading a national portfolio of intervention and research programmes related to families, parenting, infants, children and young people.

Camilla has published extensively in peer-review journals, therapy manuals, book chapters, policy reports and national guidelines. Camilla teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, supervises extensively and sits on many government level expert advisory groups for perinatal and infant mental health. She lives in Canterbury with her partner, daughter and Westie Terrier.​

Registration is now open and available online only.

Perinatal Faculty Members/ Concessions /Pre-Qual Group Members Free
Society Members £40.00
Non-Members £70.00

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