Intermediate Birth Trauma workshop

When you heal a mother, you change a generation: Clinical skills for resolving birth trauma

This workshop will enable clinicians with existing clinical skills and knowledge in trauma and/or clinical intervention, to work more effectively with perinatal mental health clients. Birth trauma is a common precursor to Postnatal Depression and Anxiety Disorders, and can disrupt infant bonding in the early years. Clinicians attending this workshop will work beyond taking a “business as usual” clinical approach, instead embracing a model of intervention which acknowledges the complexity of physiological, cognitive and familial factors that can impact upon a mother’s recovery from trauma during the postpartum period. The main focus is on skill-building, so that attendees come away with practical and enhanced skills they can put into immediate practice.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • To contextualise birth trauma within the landscape of perinatal mental health concerns, infant mental health, and standard maternal care. 
  • To develop a clinical definition of trauma as it relates to the perinatal space. 
  • To gain insights and practical skills in assessment and history taking, and avoid common pitfalls which could weaken clinical information gathering.
  • To learn how to frame clients’ birth experiences within a context of modern birth and obstetric terminology. 
  • To build enhanced case conceptualisation and case planning skills through a biopsychosocial lens with encompasses the mother’s health, the infant’s health, and their wider systems.
  • To gain portable clinical skills which are evidence-based and individualised to meet client and infant needs.


This is an intermediate clinical skill building workshop aimed at clinicians working in the perinatal space. These clinicians would have existing therapeutic intervention skills and may be already working in perinatal mental health, or in other fields in which these needs present (e.g., child protection, drug/alcohol, health psychology or consultation-liaison, infant mental health, child and adolescent mental health). Attendees may come from any relevant mental health background, in which they have experience in providing face-to-face clinical interventions.

Assumed knowledge of participants
• Knowledge of the diagnostic criteria for common perinatal mental health concerns
• Knowledge and skills in clinical assessment
• Existing clinical intervention skills (e.g., CBT, ACT, Psychodynamic)