Postnatal Anxiety & Depression A one-day seminar with Dr Stella Acquarone London, 19 May 2018 (Saturday) 10:00am - 4:00pm
A psychoanalytic understanding of the mother-baby dyad has particular relevance for practitioners. In this practical seminar that would be of value to psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, Dr Stella Acquarone first demystifies the aetiology of post natal anxiety and depression; providing us with an understanding of contributing factors. This introduction leads to a discussion on therapeutic implications including effectively assessing and working with manifestations of severe anxiety, depression, mood swings, extreme stress and suicidal tendencies for mothers. The seminar then builds on our psychoanalytic understanding to discuss practical implications for clinical work including: What factors trigger the feeling ‘I have a beautiful baby but I just want to die’ Postnatal anxiety & depression: signs to look out for How can we distinguish between Postnatal anxiety and depression Triggering factors for both Differences in therapeutic interventions for postnatal anxiety and depression Post traumatic delivery & special needs Therapeutic interventions for cases of early child abuse With the aid of video vignettes and examples, Dr Acquarone explains how therapists can enhance their client’s capacity for consistent childcare and help them avoid the negative repercussions of poor coping strategies. About the speaker Dr Stella Acquarone is a leading pioneer in the emerging field of infant-parent psychotherapy. She is the Founder and the Principal of the Parent Infant Clinic and of the School of Infant Mental Health in London. A practising Adult and Child Psychotherapist, Dr Acquarone has worked in the NHS for 32 years. She has maintained a career-long interest in finding and developing clinical strategies for treating social and communication disorders from birth. She has developed a Scale for Alarm Signals of Emotional Disturbance, and has developed a unique Intensive Infant Family Program called Re-Start, for the treatment of small children with autistic behaviours. She lectures and teaches internationally on all aspects of infant-parent development and psychotherapy and is the author of: Infant-Parent Psychotherapy, A Handbook (Karnac) and Signs of Autism, Recognition and Early Intervention (Karnac). Her latest two books are: Surviving the Early Years: The Importance of Early Intervention with Babies at Risk and Changing Destinies: The Re-start Infant Family Programme for Early Autistic Behaviours. Seminar Schedule 9:45AM: Registration 10:00AM: Session 1: Mother & Baby In the first session of the day, we look at the multitude of challenges thrown up by motherhood. We consider the mother-infant relationship from a psychoanalytic standpoint and discuss: The developmental consequences of postnatal anxiety & depression The ghost in the relationship Coming to grips with ‘having a baby’ Emotional and cognitive development of infants in the postnatal context 11:45AM: Session 2: How can therapy help? In the second session of the day, we look at clinical case vignettes illustrating psychoanalytic techniques that can help in: Working with mothers who are prone to harm Effective use of early interventions Therapeutically helping mothers feel ‘up to speed’ Handling anxious and depressive manifestations 1:30PM: Lunch (a light lunch is provided as part of the seminar) 2:30PM: Session 3: A review of case vignettes In the afternoon session, we assimilate our learnings from the morning sessions and look at applying these to illustrative case vignettes. Specifically we look at a video presentation and case studies that attendees may bring from their therapeutic practices, with a view to: Distinguishing between postnatal anxiety & depression Comprehending the benefits of early interventions especially as a way of aiding an infant’s emotional and cognitive development Therapeutic action in situations of early child abuse The seminar is interactive throughout and draws extensively on illustrative examples from therapeutic practice. 4:00PM: Close

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