The Elizabeth Clinic is associated with Attachment Training Australia, which has been responsible for providing Circle of Security Training in Perth since 2006. The next COSDVD training in late October is already well subscribed.

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The Elizabeth Clinic also provides placements for undergraduate and postgraduate training. We have accredited supervisors for the RANZCP and RACP training.  We have had psychology trainees in 2016 and have had social work placements in 2017.

Our previous training seminars have been well attended and received.  In 2016 we held the ‘Holding the Frame Workshop’, which was presented by Dr Caroline Zanetti & Mrs Anne Clifford. It was aimed at helping clinicians manage the challenges of facilitating Circle of Security Parenting Groups. This training was designed for professionals who work with parents and wished to extend their skills in group work. This workshop aimed to develop group thinking and practice and to share and explore the issues and challenges that arise when facilitating parenting groups. There was a focus on creating a group environment which maximises the potential for parent learning and reflection.

In July 2016, we held ‘Assessing for Risk in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health’.  It was a clinically focused training workshop with A/Assoc Professor Caroline Zanetti, Dr Julia Feutrill and Mrs Anne Clifford. It recognised that there is a high prevalence of perinatal mental health conditions during pregnancy and the year following the birth of a baby.   Health professionals who see mothers and infants must be able to address any problems and most importantly be able to assess for possible risk. Risk of harm to the mother, risk of harm to the baby, and risk of harm to the mother/infant relationship. A consistent, early and effective response to perinatal mental health difficulties is required and an accurate assessment for risk is crucial.

In March 2017 we organised the  “Perinatal and Infant Mental Health – Let’s Showcase Western Australia”, which was an enjoyable and informative day, bringing together like-minded clinicians.

The clinicians at Elizabeth Clinic continue to be invited to provide training for a variety of organisations and conferences including CAMHS Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Training Workshop, the Division of General Practice, Rural Health West, PIMH Study Day, Gidget Foundation GP workshop and the Fertility Society of Perth.  We have had successful presentations at the World Association of Infant Mental Health and the International Marce Conference in 2016 and have submitted abstracts to the local 2017 conferences.

We have a diverse group of skilled clinicians who are interested in sharing their expertise.  We also are able to provide educational presentations on parenting to playgroups, schools or other community organisations.