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Trauma Informed Learning

MERTIL: A course for Early Childhood Services Frontline workers

MERTIL is an Australian-first program, created by infant trauma experts, Professor Jennifer McIntosh, and Professor Louise Newman, and a team of specialists.

MERTIL offers training in the recognition of early trauma in the parent-child relationship, stemming from parent mental illness, grief, family violence, substance abuse, and related experiences. Moreover, MERTIL teaches options for effective immediate response by frontline services.

MERTIL has 8 online modules (12 hours) that

  • Build capacity for earliest detection of relational trauma
  • Extend skills and enhance confidence in response to early relational trauma
  • Enhance prevention of complex sequelae for parents, infants and young children.

Learning time: 12 hours

Language: English

Suitable for:

  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Family Support Workers
  • Child Protection Workers
  • Infant Mental Health Workers
  • General Practitioners

Course outline

MERTIL operates as an online portal, including eight learning chapters, totalling approximately 12 hours of learning.

  • Chapter 1: Development in a Relational Context
  • Chapter 2: The significance of Attachment Relationships
  • Chapters 3, 4 and 5: Understanding trauma in parents, infants and preschoolers
  • Chapter 6: Conversation and Intervention
  • Chapters 7 and 8: Principles of Trauma Interventions

Each chapter contains a post-learning quiz and evaluation.

The online library also contains a variety of resources, including:

  • Fact sheets, resources, articles and videos
  • Links, networks, associations and conferences
  • Podcasts with national and international experts Recorded Q&A webinars and case consultations (please add)

MERTIL’s background

Since 2018, the MERTIL online course has been completed by over 1600 Victorian Maternal and Child Health Nurses. Research found strong evidence of effectiveness, including dramatic increases in self-rated confidence in responding to early relational trauma (Clancy, McIntosh et al, 2020). On this basis, we have created a generic version of the course for use in all frontline services that support the well-being of parents and young children.

MERTIL’s home

The MERTIL project is based at The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University, and operates in partnership with Deakin University, and the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne.

Accessing MERTIL

Commence the full MERTIL course with access to an extended library of resources for only $390 +GST.

You will receive:

  • All eight (8) MERTIL online modules, totalling 12 hours of learning;
  • Access to Mini MERTIL, our 2 hour online refresher/introduction to MERTIL;
  • Library resources including podcasts and factsheets; and
  • Recorded case consultations and webinars

Further discounted prices apply for workforce groups.
25% discount for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, practitioners & organisations. (Conditions apply)

Registrations and payments via The Bouverie Centre website

For further information on the course and group discounts, get in touch with the MERTIL team via our online contact form.

Download MERTIL course flier

*MERTIL access is three (3) months; Mini MERTIL and Library access is twelve (12) months