PSI Certificate Training

Postpartum Support International
2-Day Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Training
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care

Postpartum Support International Certificate of CompletionThe 2-day PSI Certificate of Completion Course, taught by experienced and engaging faculty, is a thorough and evidence-based curriculum designed for nurses, physicians, social workers, mental health providers, childbirth professionals, social support providers, or anyone interested in learning skills and knowledge for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders. Registration includes training binder, handouts, breakfast and lunch, and continuing education credits. Approved for CMEs, CEs, and CERPs.

Upcoming PSI 2-Day Certificate Trainings

March 26-27, 2015
Farmington Connecticut

April 30- May 1, 2015
Boulder Colorado

May 7-8, 2015
Akron Ohio
May 7-8, 2015

May 14-15, 2015
St. Louis Missouri

June 24-25, 2015
Plymouth Michigan
PSI Pre-Conference Training
with Annual PSI Conference
Registration Coming soon

Fall 2015
Sacramento California
more information coming soon

Would you like to bring a training to your area? Please contact PSI Education and Training Chair, Birdie Meyer, RN, MA at



8-8:30am Registration & Breakfast

 Introduction and History of Postpartum Support International

Overview: Entering Motherhood & Why they suffer in silence
 The Perinatal Period
 Perfectionism, Dreams, & Expectations
 Myths of Motherhood
 Stigma of Mental illness
 Barriers to Treatment

The Many Faces of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders:
 Etiology
 Signs and Symptoms
 Diagnostic Features
 Dads and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders

PSI’s educational video and discussion: Engaging Moms and Dads: "Healthy Mom, Happy Family: Understanding Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders"

Risk Factors and Prevention

Other Important Considerations:
 Breastfeeding and PMADs
 Infertility
 Adoption
 Pregnancy Loss
 Infants in NICU

Lunch (provided)
Panel of Survivors, facilitated by PSI Faculty

Screening and Prevention: Screening Tools and Assessment

Social Support Networks:
 9 Steps to Wellness: Jane Honikman’s self-help model
 Support Groups and Warmlines: What they look like, how to start one, successful elements
 Faith Communities and Spirituality

International Incidence and Cultural Differences of PMADs

Q & A, Discussion


  • Registration and breakfast (provided)

Public Service Announcements: Raising Public Awareness

The Team & Critical Components to Recovery

Psychotherapeutic Themes and Models:
 Interpersonal Therapy
 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
 Group Therapy
 Couples Therapy
 Mother-Infant Therapeutic Approaches

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Legislative Updates

Resource Review
 Reading Lists and Handouts
 Local Resources
 Online Resources

Lunch (provided) and Networking

DVD: Wade Bowen: "Turn on the Lights" for PSI

Effects of Untreated PMADs on Mother, Infant, and Family

PSI DVD “Fathers Respond”

Pharmacological Interventions in Pregnancy, Postpartum and Lactation
 Evidence based research
 Evaluating Studies and Article
 Talking with families about medication

Q&A, Discussion

PSI Training Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

1. Identify the challenges faced when identifying and treating Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
2. Describe the symptoms and understand the differential diagnosis of prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorders and psychosis.
3. Discuss psychopharmacology as it relates to pregnancy, postpartum, and lactation.
4. Assess prenatal and postpartum risk factors.
5. Assess for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
6. Identify treatment options for PMADs.
7. Discuss breastfeeding and PMADs.
8. Develop psychosocial and self-help treatment plans as well as appropriate psychotherapy techniques and alternative therapies
9. State appropriate psychotherapy modalities.
10. Indicate consequences of untreated Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
11. Discuss effects and consequences on partners.
12. Identify social support, legislative changes, and community resources, including how to set up support groups and offer social support.
13. Discuss cultural differences and PMADs.
14. Discuss spirituality and PMADs


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