The NEWPIP – Newcastle Infant Mental Health Course

Infant Mental Health and Early Intervention with Babies and Parents.

This highly-regarded 10-session course in Infant Mental Health helps professionals address difficulties in the parent-infant relationship and to enhance their skills in intervention. The course considers infant development from the perspectives of psychoanalysis, attachment theory, infant developmental research, and social policy. The programme, developed by Child Psychotherapist Peter Toolan, has been continuously updated and delivered in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Stockport and Rotherham over the past 17 years.

Course Content

The first 1001 days of life from conception to 2 is a time of unique opportunity and vulnerability when the foundations for later development are laid down. Problems affecting parent-baby relationships can have pervasive effects on many aspects of development, with long term impacts and costs to individuals, families, communities and society.

Practitioners need to develop their understanding of infant development and their awareness and ability to work with difficulties affecting babies, right from the start.

This course is a practical and theoretical introduction to some essential themes concerning the foundations of emotional, cognitive and personality development in babies and young children in the context of their primary relationships and experiences.

There is a focus on the development of participants’ observation skills to make the connection between feelings, needs and behaviour. Through weekly seminars the course also explores some pioneering studies and clinical approaches and involves in-depth discussion of participants’ own case work and clinical experiences.


This course will be of particular relevance to colleagues in the fields of Health Visiting, Midwifery, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Psychology, Education, Social Care, Primary Care, Early Help and Early Years.

Numbers will be limited to 12 places per course. Successful applicants will be required to commit to:

Having signed consent from their manager
Attending all 10 sessions
Reading papers in preparation for the following session
Undertaking a one off infant observation
Bringing written accounts of their own professional work for discussion

Attendance certificates and CPD accreditation will be provided for participants completing the course.


The course is free to professionals working within Newcastle upon Tyne.

The course is also open to professionals working outside of Newcastle at a cost of £750 per person.

Successful applicants will be invoiced for the full course fee 4 weeks prior to the course start date.

Once places have been confirmed all cancellations will incur a £50 administration fee.

Cancellations from applicants working externally to Newcastle made within 4 weeks of the course start date, will incur the full course fee.

Course fees may be subject to periodic review.


We are currently looking at future dates.  Please contact us to find out when these courses will be running.