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Advanced Parent-Infant Practitioner Training

Please note: this course is now closed for applications.  The next available intake is for September 2025 - please watch this space as applications are likely to open up to one year in advance.  If you would like to register your interest, please contact


Who is the training suitable for?

This training is suitable for experienced practitioners who are currently working with parents and babies from conception to 2 years, and are looking to enhance their understanding of parent-infant relationships.

This training is suitable for a range of professionals, including midwives, social workers, health visitors and mental health practitioners.


Time commitment

The taught course will run on Fridays between September 2023 and October 2024 and be attended jointly with the Parent-Infant Therapist Diploma Trainees. Teaching days will be delivered via Zoom. Occasionally, there might be the possibility to meet in person at our offices in Kidlington, Oxford, but only if this is logistically possible for the group.  We would not wish travel to preclude anyone for applying for this training. This includes:

  • 11 Seminars - these will run between 9.30 and 12.45. Topics will include Ghosts and Angels in Parent-Infant Work, Development of the Sense of Self, Ambivalence and Hostility, Psychoanalytical Defenses, Working with Fathers, Reflective Function, Transference and Countertransference, Reflection in Action and on Action, Organisational Dynamics and Endings
  • 5 1 Day Short Courses - Attachment and Intersubjectivity; Watch, Wait and Wonder; Assessing Parent-Infant Relationships; Ghosts in the Nursery; Parent-Infant Group Work
  • 9 Group Supervisions 



All OXPIP training is APPCIOS endorsed and contributes towards APPCIOS accreditation. APPCIOS (The Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings), is a member organisation of the British Psychoanalytic Council.



The cost of the course is £3,750 in total for September 2023 start. Details of additional costs will be included in the handbook.



Detailed information about the training will be made available in our handbook following successful application.



This course is now full for September 2023 intake but if you would like to register your interest for when we run the course again in the future, please email


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