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Infant Sleep Training

11 & 12 February 2018
Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne

2 days - Training and Masterclass

Infant mental health
Helen will provide a detailed understanding of infant brains and the importance of parental sensitivity,  kindness and compassion.

Real-life stories
This training will link real family struggles, neuroscience, theories and the fundamental infant-parent relationship.

The 2nd day masterclass will bring it all together, with concrete examples on how to support families.

Avoid disappointment
The last session booked out fast, so don't delay if you want to attend.

Solihull Approach Training

Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne

2 Day Foundation Training
25 February & 5 March 2018
$250/day + $185 resource pack

3 Day Foundation + Facilitator Training
25 February, 5 & 19 March 2018
$250/day + $185 resource pack + $185 facilitator's manual

1 Day Facilitator Training only
19 March 2018
$250 + $185 facilitator's manual

What you'll learn
Get a deep understanding of infant mental health, containment and reciprocity, and develop the skills to implement The Solihull Approach.

This is an overarching  framework that supports interventions such as:

    • Watch, Wait and Wonder
    • New Born Observation
    • Circle of Security and more.

    Groups are small to enhance participant experience so places are STRICTLY LIMITED. 

    I can’t believe what I got out of your training. Changed my work practice completely.
    That was the best training I have EVER been to, and I’ve been to hundreds over the years in MCHN
    I have looked at babies completely differently since your training, it has been life changing for me.
    I have been in MCHN for 18 years and never done such a worthwhile training.

    Workplace education

    For over 10 years, Helen has provided valuable insight and career-changing education to many professions, including:

    • Mother Baby Unit and Early Parenting Centre staff
    • Midwives
    • Child & Family Health Nurses
    • Maternal & Child Health Nurses
    • Practice Nurses
    • Childbirth Educators
    • Lactation consultants
    • Family Support workers
    • Psychologists
    • Social Workers
    • Childcare Workers
    • Student Maternal and Child Health nurses.

    Sessions can be conducted in your workplace or at our training venues.

    What you’ll learn

    Choose a session from the list below or you can tailor a session to meet your individual group needs. All sessions have an infant mental health element. Topics include but are not limited to:

    • Interpersonal Neurobiology
    • Research based understanding of sleep and settling
    • Sleep and settling when families are really struggling
    • Infant Assessment
    • Attachment Theory and Research
    • Safe Physical Sleeping
    • Asking the difficult questions when something seems wrong
    • Interventions aimed at promoting secure attachment
    • Professional Supervision (individual or group)
    • Nurturing the infant-parent relationship
    • Fundamentals of Infant Mental Health
    • What Infant Sleep Research tells us.


    Costs; please contact Helen to discuss your training needs. Half, full and 2 day trainings are available.

    Book now

    Get in touch with Helen to find out more and make a booking.

    Helen’s experience

    Helen has been invited to participate in a number of professional discussion groups, including the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) and Helen Mayo Mother Baby unit hypothetical (Australia). She has been advisor to a number of organisations, including The Royal Women's Hospital as consultant on the development of their parent kit (Australia), and has presented a number of webinars internationally.

    As an infant mental health clinician, Helen continues to present around the world, focusing on incorporating infant mental health concepts and findings into infant-parent relationships and infant sleep.

    She is author of the book Safe Sleep Space (2012) and Connect to Sleep (2017) and  contributing author to The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep (2014), and has published research in the Journal of Early Human Development (2017).