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Certification in Perinatal Mental Health

In August 2018, the first Certification in Perinatal Mental Health became 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 1: COMPLETE ONE PERINATAL MOOD AND ANXIETY CERTIFICATE COURSE.

Choose one of the following: 

 

STEP 2: COMPLETE ONE ADVANCED CERTIFICATE TRAINING in specialty area

 

STEP 3: Register to take the exam – FILL OUT THIS FORM

STEP 4: Take the Certification exam at a Pearson Vue Center near you


READ OUR CERTIFICATION FAQ PAGE HERE


CLICK HERE TO VIEW LIST OF APPROVED ALTERNATE COURSES

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