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Breakout Sessions and Keynotes

Friday, July 13, 2018

Lucy Puryear, MD
Friday 8:15 – 9:15 am

Rejuvenation and Resilience Through Connection: Creating a Network of Support and Healing


Breakout I –  Friday, 9:30 – 10:30am

  • Jabina Coleman, MSW, Desiree Israel, MSW, Divya Kumar, CLC
  • Jamie Bodily, LPC
    This presentation will outline the basic concepts of attachment relationships between family members, and tools and strategies to foster stronger, more secure relationships to improve mental health outcomes perinatally.
  • Joanna Cole, PhD
    This presentation will describe one bereavement program’s systematic implementation of a standardized protocol to track perinatal loss and provide consistent outreach and resources for grieving women and families.
  • Tonya Fulwider, BA
  • Emily Boothe, MD, Sebastian Kaplan, PhD, Marta Olenderek, MD
    Group Prenatal Care: What is it and Why is it Important?
    What is group prenatal care? We will introduce this model of care and the current research findings, including psychosocial outcomes, associated with this model of care.
  • Sarah Best, MSW and Zoe Bisbing,  LCSW


Breakout II –  Friday, 10:45 – 11:45am

  • Kendra Flores-Carter, DSW, ACSW, BA
  • Ashley Hanna Morgan, MSW
  • Sharon Gerdes, BS, Angela Burling, RN, Michele Davidson, APRN, MS, NP, PhD, PMHNP, Prof., RN, Postpartum Psychosis Coordinator
  • Deb Rich, PhD


FRIDAY LUNCH – 12:00 – 1:00 pm (lunch provided)
Susan A. Hickman Research Award



12:00- 1:00 pm: Lunch for Professionals of Color

Facilitated by the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for Women of Color (PMHA-WOC), this lunch discussion is an opportunity to meet and connect with other professionals of color. If you are a person of color and would like to attend this lunch, please RSVP in the registration system. If you have any questions, email psiconference@parthenonmgmt.com


Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA
Friday 1:15 – 2:15pm
What’s New in Perinatal Depression Research?


Breakout III – Friday, 2:30 – 3:45pm

  • Jessica Walker, BS
  • Kirsten Brunner, MA and Simon Niblock
  • Dvora Entin, LCSW
  • Chris Raines, APRN and Carrie Banks, MS
  • Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD


Breakout IV – Friday, 4:00 -5:30pm

  • Edith Gettes, MD, Anna Brandon, PhD, Francoise Pierredon, BS
    Diversity & Culturally-Informed Services
  • Daniel Singley, PhD and David Levine, MD
  • Joy Burkhard, MBA, Susan Feingold PsyD, Barry Lewis, JD; Lauren DePaola, LCSW, Adriana Kohler, JD
  • Adrienne Griffen, MPP, Tonya Fulwider, BA, Mia Edidin, LCSW
  • Laraib Humayun, BS and Melissa Passarelli, MA
  • Suzannah Neufeld, MA, MFT


5:45 – 6:45 pm POSTER SESSION

6:00 – 7:00 pm PSI New Member Reception
7:00 – 10:00 pm BANQUET


Saturday, July 14, 2018

SATURDAY 8:15 – 9:15am
Maria Muzik, MD and Helen Kim, MD
Trauma-informed Care for Perinatal Mental Health


Breakout V – Saturday, 9:30 – 10:30am

  • Venus Mahmoodi, PhD
    The Role of Trauma and Attachment in Teens with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
    Diversity & Culturally-Informed Services
    Environmental factors, including trauma and poverty, contribute to higher rates of PMADs in pregnant and parenting adolescents. Focusing on trauma treatment is essential in treating PMAD symptoms in this population.
  • Elyse Springer, MA
    Fathers and Perinatal Loss
    Fathers, Families, & Partners
    This presentation explores the impact of societal stigma and provider bias towards new fathers suffering perinatal loss, and discusses clinical interventions for common resulting paternal behavioral patterns following perinatal loss.
  • Laurie Ganberg, LICSW and Divya Kumar, CLC
    Finding Space for Ourselves and Our Stories: Working in This Field as Clinicians with Perinatal Mood, Anxiety, and Loss Histories
    Peer Support & Community Networks
    Many clinicians are drawn to this work because of personal experiences of PMADs or loss. Come explore how our stories impact our work while navigating triggers, self-care and support.
  • Catherine Birndorf, MD, Chris Raines, RN, MSN, APRN-BC
    * Psychopharmacology and Perinatal Mental Health: The PSI Pre-certification Training Part I – “What to Do”
    Prescriber PMH Certification Pre-Requisite

  • Thai-An Truong, LPC, LADC
    From CBT to TEAM-CBT: Practical Tools for Treating Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders
    This presentation will cover what’s changed since Dr. David Burns evolved CBT into TEAM-CBT, in addition to how the powerful tools of TEAM-CBT can effectively and systematically treat postpartum depression.


Breakout VI- Saturday, 10:45 – 11:45am

  • Tiffany Conyers, LCSW
    #MOMLIFE – Connecting Millennial Moms to Emotional Wellness through TXT Therapy
    Diversity & Culturally-Informed Services
    Many moms find themselves struggling emotionally with the stresses of motherhood. Help can be a text away. Learn new trends in tele-mental health and psychotherapy to promote maternal emotional wellness.
  • Barb Suarez, CBE
    Becoming Us: Baby-proofing the Couple Relationship Can Lower Risk of PMADs
    Fathers, Families, & Partners
    Becoming Us classes provide couples with realistic expectations about parenthood. Strengthening couple bonds before birth lowers risk of PMADs and creates families who do more than survive —they thrive.
  • Sage Saxton, PsyD
    Bridging the Gap: A Model for Inter-professional Collaboration with NICU Graduate Parents
    Describes creation and implementation of an online NICU staff education course designed collaboratively with the National Perinatal Association, Patient + Family Care, and The Preemie Parent Alliance.
  • Adrienne Griffen, MPP
    Creating Connections by Providing Free Peer Support Groups: Postpartum Support Virginia’s Model
    Peer Support & Community Networks
    Postpartum Support Virginia (PSVa) launched our first PMAD support group in 2005; we now provide 20 FREE peer-led hospital-based support groups throughout the state that promote connection, rejuvenation, and resilience.
  • Catherine Birndorf, MD, Chris Raines, RN, MSN, APRN-BC
    * Psychopharmacology and Perinatal Mental Health: The PSI pre-certification training Part II – “How to do it”
    Prescriber PMH Certification Pre-Requisite
  • Stefani Reinold, MD, MPH
    The Heart Method: A New Tool for Self-Led Therapy
    The HEART Method is a groundbreaking tool for moms suffering from perinatal mood disorders without funds or means for individual therapy.


SATURDAY LUNCH: (lunch provided): 12-1pm
2020 Mom and Marce of North America Innovation Awards


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SATURDAY 1:15 – 2:15pm
Sheehan Fisher, PhD and Steven D’Achille
Fathers and Perinatal Mental Health



Breakout VII – Saturday, 2:30 – 4:00pm

  • Divya Kumar, ScM, LaShonta Edwards, BS
  • Lorissa Eichenberger, MA, Sherry Duson, MA, Kimberly Jones, BA, Moni Tang, MA
    When Partners Become Parents: The Challenges with Intimacy and Parenthood
    Fathers, Families, & Partners
    This workshop will provide a fundamental understanding of the complex changes that occur when a couple enters parenthood from a family systems perspective. Challenges include: communication, intimacy, and cultural aspects.
  • Gina Wong, PhD and George Parnham, JD
    Developing as an Expert Witness in Maternal Infanticide/Filicide Cases – Theories & Case Conceptualizations
    Dr. Gina Wong, a fledgling expert witness shares experiences of becoming an expert witness and learning to navigate the terrain from a culture-informed perspective, as well as theories and cases.
  • Melissa Bentley, MA, Beth Thomas, facilitators
    Community Programs Roundtable Participants: Adrienne Griffen, Mollie Hartford, Cara English, Katherine Schuknecht
    Peer Support & Community Networks
    Roundtable discussion on programs – we describe our programs and then host an opportunity for participants to brainstorm ideas that either work in their community or have thought about trying.
  • Lisa Testa, PhD, Ariela Frieder, MD, Kalli Feldman, PhD, Jessica Cosgrove, MD, Christy Duan, MD
    Of Motherhood and Mania: Clinical Pearls for Pharmacological and Psychotherapeutic Approaches Across Treatment Settings
    Utilizing case scenarios, attendees will recognize the importance of developing clinical services that meet the needs of mothers with PMADs, specifically bipolar disorder across differing levels and modalities of treatment.
  • Courtney Magahis, LCSW / Bina Bird, MA, LMFT-S
    Grief and Loss and Infertility: What Therapists Need to Know to Facilitate Healing
    An overview of perinatal loss and how therapists can work with clients to support them through the healing process. 
    Coming from a personal and professional approach, a discussion on how infertility relates to grief and loss, the importance of acknowledging infertility as a loss, and how to help. 


Breakout VIII – Saturday, 4:15 – 5:15pm

  • Ryanne Mitchell, MA, LPC
  • Leslie Butterfield, PhD
    Silent Suffering: Men and Traumatic Childbirth
    Fathers, Families, & Partners
    Complicated childbirth challenges men to care for their birthing partners regardless of their own cognitive/emotional experiences. We’ll discuss ways in which fathers may require attention and aid around traumatic birth.
  • Lynn McFarland, MBA
    Screening Moms and Partners, a Perinatal Mental Health Screening Business Model
    Incorporating screening protocol into clinic business models, EPDS scoring, positive scores, patient referrals, and provider scripts for discussing PMD’s with patients.
  • Tricia Miller, MEd, LPC
    The Power of Self-Care: Empowering, Strengthening, and Building Resilience in Mothers
    Peer Support & Community Networks
    Tricia Miller, LPC, M.Ed, dives deep in the role of self-care for Mothers as she shares her experiences in developing and encouraging self-care practices for new mothers experiencing postpartum anxiety and depression.
  • Melinda Thiam, MD and Amanda Davis 
    There is new hope for mothers whom have struggled with treatment resistant depression using  non-pharmacological treatment modality called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
  • Crystal Clancy, MA, LMFT
    Healing the Mother Wound: Finding Resilience and Making Meaning in the Postpartum Period
    Unresolved mother/daughter wounds from childhood can add additional challenges that contribute to PMDs. We’ll cover specialized skills to assist clients make meaning and recognize resilience to reduce fear about motherhood.


SUNDAY 8:00 – 9:00am
Sayida Peprah, Ph.D
Transgenerational Trauma and Resilience Among African American Mothers



SEMINARS – Sunday, 9:15am – 12:15pm

  • Julie Bindeman, PhD, Co-Author: Olivia Baylor, LCPC, MSMHC, NCC, CJ
  • Michele Davidson, APRN, MS, NP, PhD, PMHNP, Prof., RN, PSI Postpartum Psychosis Coordinator
    Postpartum Psychosis: A Comprehensive, Evidence-based Approach for Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Needs to Optimize Care and Recovery for Women and Their Families
    Fathers, Families, & Partners
    Postpartum psychosis is among the most rare, but most serious of the PMADs. Healthcare providers must identify accurate diagnosis and provide emergency management and ongoing care for optimal outcomes.
  • Margaret Howard, PhD; Laurie Ganberg, LICSW, Catherine Birndorf, MD, Pamela Geller, PhD, Ariela Frieder, MD, Jesse Kuendig, MA, LCSW, Lita Simanis, LCSW, Lisa Testa, PhD, Bobbie Posmontier, CNM, PhD, PMHNP
    Intensive Perinatal Mental Health Programs
    In this seminar, representatives from intensive perinatal mental health programs nationwide will present and discuss innovative work in the field. 
  • LaShonta Edwards, BS and Crystal Gurney
    The Secret Sauce for Perinatal Group Peer Support Groups and GPS Group Peer Support for Women of Color
    Peer Support & Community Networks
    Leading impactful, trauma-informed support groups that change outcomes for parents is our goal! Learn the key skills, foundational structure and essential curriculum to bring GPS groups to your community.
  • Nicole Cirino, MD; Phyliss Nicole Taylor, MD; Rhoda Seplowitz, MD, Lucy Puryear, MD
    Repropsych Presents: Difficult Cases in Reproductive Psychiatry in 2018
    Prescriber PMH Certification Pre-Requisite
    Moderated by Nicole Cirino MD. Reproductive Psychiatrists from the ReproPsych group listserv share their most challenging cases in a panel discussion. There will also be an opportunity to present your own difficult case for group discussion.
  • Katayune Kaeni, PsyD; Christi Hibbert, PhD; Jennifer Harned Adams, PhD. Moderated by Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA
     PSI Certificate Course Day 3: Advanced Psychotherapy/Mental Health Provider Training
    PSI Pre-certification Training
    Morning Session – 9:15am – 12:15pm
    –Lunch on your own at one of the lovely nearby dining options
    Afternoon Session – 1:15pm-4:15pm
    Psychotherapy/Mental Health PMH Certification Pre-Requisite

* Perinatal Mental Health Certification exam pre-requisite courses

Selected sessions at the 2018 conference will qualify as part of the pre-requisites to register for the Perinatal Mental Health Certification exam. The Certification exam will be offered by PSI through Pearson VUE beginning in Fall 2018. The PMH Certification will be available for three groups:

  • Mental Health/Psychotherapy Providers
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Affiliated Professions

The courses marked with * in the program are approved as pre-requisites for Mental Health/Psychotherapy Providers and for Psychopharmacology. All conference courses are approved to serve a pre-requisites for the Affiliated Professionals specialty.

The conference provides the following to satisfy the Certification educational pre-requisites:

Affiliated Professionals:

Mental Health/Psychotherapy: 


  • Psychopharmacology and Perinatal Mental Health: Part I and II: Saturday, July 14 (3 hrs)
  • ReproPsych Presents: Difficult Cases in Reproductive Psychiatry in 2018: Sunday, July 15 (3 hrs)

 Read HERE for more information about the PMH Certification and requirements

Conference Registration Link