Training & Education

We offer a range of education and training courses for health professionals, tailoring our knowledge and experience to your specific CPD needs - or those of your team. 

We can offer dynamic and engaging training on the topics of parent infant relationships, attachment and early child development, delivered by highly qualified professionals.  

Some of our most popular courses include: 

  • Resilience and Supervision in the workplace for professionals working with young families. 

  • Relationship-based practice 

  • Normal and atypical emotional development 

  • Factors that influence caregiving 

  • Assessment of caregiving 

  • Supporting caregiving 

  • Reflective practice and supervision 

  • Working within relevant legal and professional framework 

All our courses are designed to incorporate the competencies from the AIMH competency framework and NHS Health Education England Competency Framework, designed for professionals working with women who have mental health problems in the perinatal period. 

Case Consultation

If you are working with a family and are concerned about the relationship between the infant and parent(s), please do call us to arrange a case consultation. We will be able to provide you with confidential space to explore your concerns and support you in developing a care pathway.

As a charity the fee we charge will be invested back into the charity to help fund our front-line services. 

Please head to our Get In Touch page to let us know what you are looking for so that we can arrange an appointment to discuss your specific needs. 

Infant Mental Health – A Collaborative Approach

DorPIP are delighted to have worked on a collaborative project with Health Education England, Wessex Clinical Network and NHS Creatives to create this film, which explains the importance of parent infant relationships and the lifelong impact of getting it right from the beginning. The film is aimed at health and social care professionals, parents who might want to seek support, and commissioners of children and family services. Enjoy! 

Infant mental health: working together, healthier together, growing together 


Viv Allen – DorPIP Founder 

Our Founder Viv Allen is also available for podcast guesting, seminars, workshops, panel events and corporate speaking.  Having quit her full-time job in 2017, Viv founded Dorpip with seed funding from the Parent Infant Foundation. Viv's own lived experience inspired her to start up Dorset Parent Infant Partnership and her energized delivery will both inspire and motivate your attendees. Viv is easy going, fun and honest, but most of all she is passionate about helping families to flourish.