Online Certification Workshop 2 | Possums Education
Online Certification Workshop 2

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

  • Online, self-paced, and accessible worldwide 
  • 6 hours of interactive and case-based modules for health professionals  
  • Certification Workshop 1 is a prerequisite 
  • Indefinite access 
  • Presented by Dr Pamela Douglas (GP, ACT therapist) and Ms Anya Snyder (Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, ACT therapist)  
  • Workshops 1 and 2 are prerequisites for accreditation in Community-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care 
  • This workshop is allocated 11 Category 2 points in the RACGP QI&CPD Program for the 2017-2019 triennium.
  • For registered midwives:  you will receive 6 CPD hours
    For Lactation Consultants:  you will receive 6 R CERPs
    Registered nurses and psychologists may claim 6 CPD points


RACGP - QI and CPD - ACM CPD regognition - 11 points


Program for Online Certification Workshop 2 - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health


  • The challenge of maternity
  • Why ACT? How does ACT differ from other models?
  • ACT and attachment theory, operant theory, and evolutionary biology
  • ACT models for psychological flexibility
  • Warnings
  • Simple strategies to support values clarification, mindfulness
  • Self-compassion
  • Cases, role plays and discussion
  • Simple strategies to support noticing and naming difficult thoughts and feelings, and making room for difficult thoughts and feelings
  • Experiential avoidance
  • Cases, role plays and discussion
  • Simple strategies to support committed action without waiting to feel better
  • Cases, role plays and discussion


More about ACT for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

This workshop builds on the work of psychologist and researcher Dr Koa Whittingham, and aims to help health professionals:

  • Understand how ACT applies to a perinatal population and how contextual behavioural science relates to other perinatal theoretical frames including attachment theory
  • Enhance the ability to apply ACT skills such as values clarification, cognitive defusion, mindfulness, and committed action to the perinatal context through demonstration, practice and discussion
  • Develop the ability to apply ACT flexibly, simply and subtly to perinatal mental health issues as they emerge in the clinical context

We achieve these objectives through several styles of presentation, including didactic learning, clinical case analysis, and group and partner experiential exercises to role play and practice application of strategies.




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