​Department of Psychiatry

Postgraduate Education

Subspecialty Programmes 


MPhil Infant Mental Health

Programme overview        


The Infant Mental Health (IMH) program is designed to equip clinicians with knowledge, insights, and skills necessary for working with children 0 to 36 months. It suits, but is not limited to, professionals who are mental health, special education, child welfare, social service and childcare providers as well as supervisors of these direct-service providers.


The modules introduce trainees to the field and facilitate development of clinical skills, including observing, thinking, and reflecting while working with infants and their caregivers in family and social set-ups with the aim of producing clinicians adept at identifying early risk processes leading to childhood psychopathology.


The programme​ runs over 2 years. Distance learning is not an option at this stage, so candidates must be based in the Western Cape. ​

Please note: Applications for 2019 are now closed. 

The next call for applications will open in the second half of 2020. 

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the programme, students meet the following requirements/qualifications:

  • an honours degree or
  • or MMed degree


  • Registration as medical practitioner with the Health Professions Council of South or an equivalent regulatory body e.g. SA Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP)
  • Minimum 2 years clinical experience
  • Currently working with infants, toddlers and their families



The programme is presented in a modular manner, is part-time and extends over two years


Modules and credit values

First year

Infant Development and Assessment871(10)
Family and Social Contexts872(10)


Second year

Disorders in Infancy873(10)
Evidence-based Interventions874(10)


First and Second year

Infant Observation876(40)
Clinical Practicum875(40)
Research Assignment (Infant Mental Health)881(60)




Programme coordinator: Dr Anusha Lachman

Tel: (021) 938 4573

E-mail: anusha@sun.ac.za