PSI Certificate Training

Postpartum Support International
Pre-Conference Training
2-Day Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Training
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care
Wed June 18 - Thurs 19, 2014 | Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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, public health and home visitors, social support providers, or anyone interested in learning skills and knowledge for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Registration includes training binder, handouts, breakfast and lunch, and continuing education credits. Approved for CMEs, CEs, and CERPs.

View Continuing Education Statements HERE

This Live activity, Postpartum Support International 2-Day Perinatal Mood Disorders Certificate Training Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care, from June 19, 2013 to June 19, 2014, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 12.50 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education Approved for Physicians and CNMs,  Nurses, Psychologists, NBCC Professional Counselors, Lactation Consultants and Childbirth Educators. Approval pending by the National Association of Social Workers.

Eventbrite - PSI 27th Annual Conference with UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders

Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA; Pec Indman, EdD, LMFT;
Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH

Light Breakfast & Lunch Included
8:00am Registration & Light Breakfast
8:30am - 5:00pm PSI Training each day

PSI 2-day Training Agenda


8-8:30am Registration & Breakfast

 PSI and Social Support History

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

Support Groups and Warmlines

Faith Communities and Spirituality

International Incidence and Cultural Awareness of PMADs

Q & A, Discussion


  • Registration and breakfast (provided)

Raising Public Awareness and Reducing Stigma

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
 Evidence-Based Research and Best Practices

Legislative Updates

Resource Review
 Reading Lists and Handouts
 Local Resources
 Online Resources
 Building a Network

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” and Discussion

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 evidence-based Screening tools and best practices for administering and interpreting scores and making referrals
7. Identify treatment options for PMADs.
8. Discuss breastfeeding and PMADs.
9. Develop psychosocial and self-help treatment plans as well as appropriate psychotherapy techniques and alternative therapies
10. State appropriate psychotherapy modalities.
11. Indicate consequences of untreated Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
12. Discuss effects and consequences on partners.
13. Identify social support, legislative changes, and community resources, including how to set up support groups and offer social support.
14. Discuss cultural differences and PMADs.
15. Discuss spirituality and PMADs


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