MERTIL for Parents

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MERTIL for Parents is a new, short, online program that will help parents understand why trust matters so much to their baby or young child's development, plus how to grow it, repair it and keep it, especially when life is challenging.

The program supports parents of 0-5 yr olds to see their young child's behaviour differently, which can lead to an enhanced parent-child relationship. It explores small and big ruptures in the parent-child relationship and how to repair them. MERTIL for Parents was created by practitioners, parents, clinicians, and researchers, and is evidence-based, so all of the content is backed up by science.

The program consists of a 40-minute online animated video, plus real-life parent-child video examples and extra printable resources. It is suitable for parents and health care professionals who provide services involving young children.


Key facts

Course category
The Bouverie Centre
Option 1 Online (start anytime) Ongoing accessOnline (On demand)
40 minutes (self-paced online learning)
There are no prerequisites for this short course
Certificate of Completion

Why do MERTIL for Parents?

  • The program will support parents to see their child's behaviour differently and to enhance their parent-child relationship.
  • Can be completed on your own, anywhere, anytime. If needed, the program and ideas can be discussed with your health care professional (GP, child health nurse, etc.).
  • Was co-created by nurses, parents of young children, clinicians, and researchers.
  • Is evidence-based, with all content grounded in current research in attachment theory, developmental neuroscience, and psychoanalysis.
  • Is presented by Prof. Jennifer McIntosh, a leading Australian child development researcher and therapist.

Course structure:

  • A 40-min online video consisting of 4 chapters.
  • Activities to help you think about and apply what you have learnt.
  • Tip sheets and posters for downloading – print them to stick on the walls.
  • 5 extra video examples of trust in action with real parents and children.


Relevant audience

  • Parents of 0-5 year old children
  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Psychologists/Psychiatrists
  • Social Workers
  • Family Support Workers
  • Child Protection Workers
  • Infant Mental Health Workers
  • General Practitioners
  • Workers who provide services involving young children

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Terms & Conditions

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Frequently Asked Questions

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