An Introduction to
Early Relational Trauma


Mini MERTIL offers those working in frontline services the perfect introduction to identifying early relational trauma in infants, as well as being a refresher course for those who have completed the full MERTIL Course.

Developed by infant trauma experts Professor Jennifer McIntosh and Professor Louise Newman and a team of specialists, this 2 hour online course offers an introduction to the recognition of early trauma in the parent-child relationship. This form of trauma can stem from parent mental illness, grief, family violence, substance abuse, and related experiences.

Mini MERTIL as a refresher course for Victorian MCHNs is free until Dec 2020.

Learning time: 2 hours

Language: English

Suitable for: A broad array of frontline health services

MERTIL Background

Mini MERTIL synthesizes the original and acclaimed 12 hour MERTIL course, now completed by over 1600 Early Childhood Practitioners. You can find out more about the course history at

The online Mini MERTIL course has 3 themes over 8 chapters

  • Theme 1: Development in a relational context
  • Theme 2: Signs and symptoms of early relational trauma in infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers
  • Theme 3: Effective trauma informed conversations and interventions.

The course begins with a pre-learning, baseline quiz; and each chapter has an e-learning component and post-learning quiz.

Who should register for this course?

The Mini MERTIL course is an ideal introduction to the topic of Early Relational Trauma, suitable for a broad array of frontline health services including, but not limited to:

  • Child protection
  • Police working in family violence and child protection units
  • Community health clinics
  • Mental health clinics
  • Maternal/Family & Child Health services
  • Paediatricians and GPs
  • Early childhood services
  • Early parenting services

You could also consider registering for the full MERTIL course (12 hours) if…

If your role includes primary work with young families experiencing challenging times. This includes midwives, family and child nurses, psychologists, social workers, family support workers, child protection workers, infant mental health workers or GPs. This course includes 8 online modules, approximately 12 hours of online learning and reading. Relative to mini MERTIL, the full course delivers a richer discussion of the theories underpinning early relational trauma, video examples of different attachment forms, and more comprehensive discussion of intervention responses.

Mini MERTIL is included in the full MERTIL course and Participants also receive 12 months access to our full library of resources.

Find out more about MERTIL or contact us to discuss the most appropriate learning path for you and/or your organisation.

Accessing Mini MERTIL

Commence the Mini MERTIL course for only $90 +GST. Access to the course and the library is for 3 months.

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.