Professional Development

Karitane offers professional development and training for health care professionals including nurses, psychologists, childcare workers, nannies and more. Our leadership in education includes the delivery of parent-child interaction therapy training (PCIT), family partnership training, toddler workshops and specialised, tailored workshops, on sleep and settling, brain development and toddlers. See our courses for professionals. 


Training - Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

This training is for practitioners who are new to PCIT or may have had exposure to the intervention but have not received formal training and are looking to gain certification with PCIT International. Please note the training comprises 2 workshops with supervision requirements. There are 4 steps in the process. Karitane is the only organisation with the registered qualifications to train PCIT therapists in Australia. For more details see here.

Family Partnership - Our Foundation for Family Engagement

The foundations for family engagement at Karitane are underpinned by the principles of the Family Partnership Model – supporting families to be engaged in their case planning and increasing successful outcomes. The Family Partnership Model developed over the last 25 years has become an internationally recognised exemplary evidence-based model of care. The model has been disseminated extensively in the UK, where it was originally developed, as well as globally. It is used by a wide range of health, education, social care, and other services to meet the needs of children and families experiencing a wide range of difficulties. Through the use of this evidence-based approach, we ensure families are included and empowered in the process, contributing to family retention and participation in services. Karitane has a formal international agreement with the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust to deliver Family Partnership training.


Parent Education at Your Organisation

Karitane’s Education Department has a professional team of qualified child and family health educators who facilitate sessions on a variety of topics such as sleep and settling, feeding and nutrition, toddler development and behaviour, adjusting to parenthood and more. To make an enquiry, send an email to


Masters of Child and Family Health (Karitane)

A formal collaboration exists between Karitane and Western Sydney University to develop and deliver a highly successful postgraduate nursing course – the Masters of Child and Family Health (Karitane). This is offered as a 2-year part-time course and promotes scholarly, educational and clinical placement activities to ensure the delivery of a high-quality tertiary qualification in child and family health, which provides a practice-ready clinician. For more information see here.


Training our Child & Family Health Workforce of the Future

Karitane has been collaborating with Western Sydney University to develop 2 key initiatives to address the ageing workforce in child and family health. This includes an undergraduate rotation at Karitane whilst in the second year of nursing and the development of a comprehensive program for new graduates in the speciality of CFH. This is the first time in NSW a new graduate program has been offered in this speciality. During this 12-month rotation, new graduates are supported and mentored by certified CFH nurses to gain skills in supporting vulnerable parents and their children as well as completing 2 units from the WSU Graduate Certificate of Child and Family Health.

For more information contact Sharlene Vlahos I Director of Education and Business Development I

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