Time rushes by at PSI. I am honored to have been re-elected as President for two more years, but it’s hard for me to realize that the first two have sped by. We are a busy organization on the move with many new projects in the works which, we hope, will improve the lives of women and families suffering with perinatal mood disorders.
I’d like you to know about a few new PSI initiatives. We are in the midst of starting an Assessment Based Certification program whereby clinicians can learn and be tested on evidence-based methods of assessing and treating PMADs, and can then be listed as certified on a database so the public can ascertain whether or not a provider has specialty training. Look for a rollout this year. Related to that, we hope to start a consultation service this year as well, so that non-specialized clinicians can get evidence-based treatment advice from an expert. We feel this is much needed and especially so now that universal screening is a reality.
Our brand new legal committee is working hard to establish a training program in PMADs for law enforcement officers, district attorneys, judges, defense attorneys and expert witnesses. The committee is also coordinating efforts nationwide to create a databank which would put defenders in touch with attorneys who have experience defending women accused of crimes while suffering from postpartum mental illness.
Expect new enhanced membership rewards shortly, an outreach program which will identify all organizations working with perinatal mood disorders and attempt to form meaningful collaborations, and finally there is the continuing move to create more and more PSI state chapters. The present number of chapters is 12 with lots more in the pipeline, so go ahead and jump on board. Chapters will make the state organizations and PSI stronger and more effective.
The 2016 conference in San Diego was over the top amazing. Many of you know we had more than 400 in attendance, were sold out for 6 weeks and, much to our chagrin, had a bunch of people on a waiting list who could never be accommodated. Many thanks go to Wendy Davis and Lianne Swanson, our tireless PSI staff, and all the volunteers and organizers as well as keynote speakers and presenters. The 2017 conference will be in Philadelphia and registration is open. http://www.postpartum.net/professionals/psi-annual-conference-2017/registration/
I invite everyone who came to the 2016 conference to return, along with newcomers who haven’t yet had a chance to experience the wonderful camaraderie, learning, and professional connection which takes place every year.
We welcome your involvement in PSI. Please don’t hesitate to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to email@example.com if you’d like to volunteer or contribute. Thank you all for everything you do to brighten the lives of women and families!
Ann Smith, CNM