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A professional development webinar introducing MERTIL for mental health & community practitioners working with young families

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MERTIL for Parents: Supporting Parents to Build Relational Trust in the Pre-School Years

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Presenter: Professor Jennifer McIntosh
The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University

Professor Jennifer McIntosh, an infant mental health specialist and co–developer of MERTIL: My Early Relational Trauma Informed Learning, presents an introduction to the MERTIL program in this webinar recording.

MERTIL is a self–paced, online course for Early Childhood and Family Workforces, based on current Attachment Theory, Neurodevelopmental Science and Trauma Informed Practice. Developed by a team of local and international experts and emanating from the Bowlby/Ainsworth paradigm, the course emphasises observation and recognition of traumatised states within parent–child dyads as well as early support for repair, through frontline engagement, resonance with both parent and infant, strengths–based conversations and well targeted practical responses in the identification of and response to early relational trauma.

 

The webinar covers:

  • Synthesis and development of MERTIL
  • Applicability for those working with families with young children experiencing relational trauma
  • MERTIL’s workshop components and
  • MERTIL’s key learning objectives.

Who should watch:

Early childhood and family wellbeing frontline practitioners who work with families and who are interested in finding out more about the MERTIL course and how it may apply to your practice. E.g., Family and Child Health Nurses, Home visitors, Midwives, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Family Support Workers, Child Protection Workers, Infant Mental Health Workers, General Practitioners, Allied Professions. 

What to expect:

  • An introduction to the MERTIL program.
  • A Q&A segment.

Presenters: Professor Jennifer McIntosh and Dr Jessica Opie
The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University

This webinar introduces MERTIL for Parents, a 40-minute, evidence based online resource to promote the earliest foundations of trust in families. Come and see the many ways this little resource can be used. 

Parents-to-be and new parents are taught many things about raising their baby: feeding, nappies, immunisations, sleept, etc. They are rarely taught about the importance of relational trust: why it matters to infant development, and how to build it, even in the face of challenges. MERTIL for Parents was designed to help equip parents with knowledge, and as a conventional tool for therapists and early childhood workers.

 

The webinar covers:

  • Ways of bringing to life the all-important construct of early relational trust
  • Application of MERTIL for Parents with diverse populations
  • The developmental research evidence behind MERTIL for Parents
  • Ideas for implementation in their service context
  • How to access MERTIL for Parents

Who should watch:

Practitioners working with parents-to-be or parents of young children, in the health, development and wellbeing sectors.

What to expect:

  • A three-hour interactive webinar, with the science behind the program laid out