3 November, 2018 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Stella Acquarone

A one-day seminar with Stella Acquarone

When: 3 November 2018, 9:30am – 4pm

Where: The Imperial Hotel, South Mall, Cork

Cost: €90.00. Tea and coffee included.

CPD Hours: 5.5

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A psychoanalytic understanding of the ‘mother-baby’ dyad has particular relevance for practitioners. In this practical seminar that would be of value to psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, Dr Stella Acquarone first demystifies the aetiology of post natal anxiety and depression; providing us with an understanding of contributing factors. This introduction leads to a discussion on therapeutic implications including effectively assessing and working with manifestations of severe anxiety, depression, mood swings, extreme stress and suicidal tendencies for mothers. The seminar then builds on our psychoanalytic understanding to discuss practical implications for clinical work including:

  • What factors trigger the feeling ‘I have a beautiful baby but I just want to die
  • Postnatal anxiety & depression: signs to look out for
  • How can we distinguish between Postnatal anxiety and depression
  • Triggering factors for both
  • Differences in therapeutic interventions for postnatal anxiety and depression
  • Post traumatic delivery & special needs
  • Therapeutic interventions for cases of early child abuse

With the aid of video vignettes and examples, Dr Acquarone explains how therapists can enhance their client’s capacity for consistent childcare and help them avoid the negative repercussions of poor coping strategies.


Dr Stella Acquarone is a pioneer in the emerging field of infant-parent psychotherapy. She is the Founder and Principal of the Parent Infant Clinic and of the School of Infant Mental Health in London. A practising Adult and Child Psychotherapist, Dr Acquarone has worked in the NHS for 32 years. She has maintained a career-long interest in finding and developing clinical strategies for treating social and communication disorders from birth. She has developed a Scale for Alarm Signals of Emotional Disturbance, and has developed a unique Intensive Infant Family Program called Re-Start, for the treatment of small children with autistic behaviours. She lectures and teaches internationally on all aspects of infant-parent development and psychotherapy and is the author of: Infant-Parent Psychotherapy, A Handbook (Karnac) and Signs of Autism, Recognition and Early Intervention (Karnac).  Changing Destinies: the Re-Start Program for early Autistic Behaviours and Surviving the Early Years: from risk to mainstream.Karnac 2017

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