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PSI Pre-Conference Certificate Training

Postpartum Support International Pre-Conference
2-Day Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Certificate Training
Wed June 24 – Thurs 25, 2015 | Plymouth, Michigan

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 The 2-day PSI Certificate of Completion Course, taught by expert 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, CNEs, and CEs.

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Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care

Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA, CLC




pecPec Indman, EdD, MFT




Muzik_763Maria Muzik, MD, MS






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 and implement 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. Implement assessment of prenatal and postpartum risk factors.
  5. Identify and implement the use of evidence-based screening tools and best practices for administering and interpreting scores and making referrals
  6. Identify treatment options for PMADs.
  7. Discuss breastfeeding and PMADs and implement effective ways to communicate with new parents.
  8. Develop and implement psychosocial and self-help treatment plans as well as appropriate psychotherapy techniques and alternative therapies.
  9. State appropriate psychotherapy modalities.
  10. Indicate consequences of untreated Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
  11. Discuss effects and consequences on partners.
  12. Identify social support, legislative changes, and community resources, including how to set up support groups and offer social support.
  13. Discuss PMADs and cultural considerations.
  14. Discuss spirituality and PMADs



PSI 2-Day Michigan Certificate Training Agenda 

8:00am Registration & Light Breakfast
8:30am – 5:00pm PSI Training each day


8-8:30am Registration & Breakfast

  • 8:30 am WELCOME and BACKGROUND
    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