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Certification in Perinatal Mental Health

In August 2018, the first Certification in Perinatal Mental Health will be available through Postpartum Support International. 

The Perinatal Mental Health Certification Program creates a structure for professional education and evaluation, and a standardization of training and experience to inform families and payers of perinatal mental health specialists. The certification curriculum requirements build on existing evidence-based perinatal mental health certificate trainings,  adding an advanced-training component.

PSI is working with internationally-known Certification company, Pearson VUE, to develop and publish a computer-based certification exam. Pearson VUE has 30 years’ experience providing test delivery and administration services to professional certification organizations. They have more than 250 company-owned testing centers in the US and nearly 20,000 authorized test centers globally. The Perinatal Mental Health Certification exam will be available beginning August 2018, and candidates will find complete instructions on a customized website page.

Certification Specialties

The first step in completing the educational requirements for certification is to take the PSI Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Certificate Course, the PSI/2020 Mom webinar certificate course, or an approved equivalent evidence-based training. PSI has been presenting mental health education since 1987. More than 8000 participants have completed our standardized certificate of completion course, a two-day training in Perinatal Mood Disorders with an evidence-based curriculum, and more than 1400 have completed the maternal mental health webinar course by PSI and 2020 mom.

The Perinatal Mental Health Certification will be available for three groups:

  • Mental Health / Psychotherapy
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Affiliated Professions (Nurses, Doulas, Lactation, Social Support, Occupational or Physical Therapists, and others)

Candidate Requirements

  • Practice: 2 years’ work experience relevant to the field of perinatal mental health
  • Education: Graduate degree (Psychotherapy); Medical Degree/Advanced Practice Nursing Degree (Prescriber); Professional Credential (Affiliated professionals)
  • Perinatal Mental Health Training: Completion of evidence-based perinatal mental health certificate training:
    • 14 hours certificate training
    • Additional 6 hours advanced training. Contact certification@postpartum.net for more information, or to submit course application for approval

CERTIFICATE TRAINING COURSES

  • STEP TWO: ADVANCED CERTIFICATE TRAINING in specialty area
    • For Psychotherapy/Psychology Providers
      • PSI Conference – Sunday July 15: PSI Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Certificate training course
      • PSI Advanced PMH certificate course will be scheduled in other locations throughout the year. Sign up for PSI emails to keep in touch.
      • Other evidence-based courses by approval. Write to certification@postpartum.net
    • For Psychopharmacology Providers: 
      • PSI Conference -Saturday, July 14, Psychopharmacology and Perinatal Mental Health: Part I and II
      • PSI Conference – Sunday, July 15,  ReproPsych Presents: Difficult Cases in Reproductive Psychiatry
      • Other evidence-based courses by approval. Write to certification@postpartum.net
    • For Affiliated Professionals 

READ OUR CERTIFICATION FAQ PAGE HERE


 

COURSES AVAILABLE at PSI Annual Conference for pre-requisites

Conference INFO and REGISTRATION HERE

Pre-requisite courses will be available at our 2018 Annual Conference in Houston, Texas. The first requirement is that the candidate completes the 2-Day Certificate Course, or the 2020 Mom/PSI Maternal Mental Health Webinar series.

Additionally, an additional 6 hour advanced course is required. In the 2018 conference registration, courses marked with * are approved as pre-requisites for the Advanced Mental Health Providers and for Psychopharmacology. All breakouts sessions at the conference are approved as pre-requisites for the “Affiliated Professions” certification.

Advanced Courses will be available throughout the year in various locations. Please contact certification@postpartum.net and join our mailing list for updates.

The Certification exam is not available at the conference. Registration for the exam and testing center locations will be posted in late August.

PMD CERTIFICATE TRAINING at PSI Conference

PMD ADVANCED TRAININGS at PSI Conference

  • For Psychotherapy/Psychology Providers
    • Sunday July 15: PSI Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Certificate training course
  • For Psychopharmacology Providers: 
    • Saturday, July 14, Psychopharmacology and Perinatal Mental Health: Part I and II
    • Sunday, July 15,  ReproPsych Presents: Difficult Cases in Reproductive Psychiatry
  • For Affiliated Professionals 
    • ALL conference breakout sessions fulfill the requirement (minimum 6 hrs)

Blueprint of Certification Exam

The test blueprint contains the content areas for the exam and the distribution of test items across the content areas.
View or download Blueprint HERE

For more information, write to us at certification@postpartum.net