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Here is a listing of the keynotes and breakout options for the 2015 PSI and Tree of Hope Conference. 

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 KEYNOTE 1, FRIDAY 8:15- 9:15
Maria Muzik MD, MS
Perinatal Depression: Is there a lasting impact on the baby?

Breakout I
FRIDAY 9:30-10:30

  • Attachment and Trauma in Maternal Mental Health
    Diana Lynn Barnes PsyD
    Primary attachments shape psychological development, organize behavior, and inform thinking about oneself in relation to others. Attachment disruptions as an outcome of childhood trauma impact brain development and psychological health. This workshop addresses maternal mental health within the context of attachment theory towards a deeper understanding of the delicate links between childhood trauma and perinatal mood disorders.
  • Hyperemesis Gravidarum: Helping Women Survive and Heal
    Sarah F. Coffman, MSW, LCSW & Elizabeth Lowder, MSW, LCSW
    A psycho-educational seminar regarding the pregnancy-related complication of Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), addressing awareness of HG, its physical and emotional toll, and interventions to help women and their caregivers
  • Trafficked Women and Girls have Babies Too: Don’t Look Away
    Jillian Lutz, MA, MFT, TLLP & Ann Smith, PsyD, LP
    Learn about human sex trafficking and identify symptoms of complex trauma. Females with forced or unwanted pregnancy and childbirth, as well as postpartum treatment will be discussed. Community advocacy opportunities proposed.
  • Continuum of Care for PMD: Prevention to Family Therapy
    Lesley Hetterscheidt PhD & Kurtis Visker LMSW
    Developing a treatment team of clinicans with expertise in PMD, warmline development, running support gorups, Postpartum prevention, outpatient therapy for women and families.
  • Hello Baby: Visitation Analysis in a Level III NICU
    Sage Saxton, Psy.D.,Jamie Eastman, Ph.D., MPH, BreAnna Kennedy MSW
    Presentation of descriptive data of visitation by parents, grandparents, and extended family members including information on frequency, duration, and order of visits. Suggestions for improving visitation will be provided.

Breakout II
FRIDAY 10:45-11:45

  • Patient Whisperer: toolkit for successfully managing challenging clinical interactions
    Deb Rich PhD. LP, CPLC
    Most helping professionals can reflect back on uncomfortable interactions with perinatal patients and their family members. You may even viscerally recall your feelings of helplessness or fear in the face of patient emotional intensity. This session provides guiding principles, a condensed toolkit of scenarios, tools and practice opportunities to gain confidence and competence in navigating demanding scenarios. A psychologist with extensive experience in perinatal mental health, will provide strategies for emotion regulation, defusing patient reactivity and shaping productive interaction. Strategies for how to minimize defensiveness, set clear boundaries, and retain a compassionate presence in the face of those who are angry are a few of the topics the presenter will address.
  • Systematic Depression Screening in Michigan Medicaid Statewide Home Visiting Program
    Joni Detwiler, BS, MSW and Mary Ludtke
    Michigan State University  evaluations conclude that Michigan’s  evidenced based Medicaid home visitation program is effective at improving maternal, prenatal, postnatal and infant outcomes.  Over  50,000 pregnant and postpartum women are screened for depression annually, accompanied by standardized education, care coordination and evidence based intervention based on risk level.
  • Volunteers — One Hospital’s Proven Formula for Supporting Mothers and Strengthening the Family Foundation
    Deanna Robb, MA, LLP, LPC, Beth Frydlewicz, MPA, and Kelly Ryan, LMSW
    Harnessing the Power of the Volunteer as an Integral Part of the Multidisciplinary Team
  • Skin-to-Skin Contact with Cesarean Sections Mothers: Qualitative Research Findings
    Cheryl R. Zauderer, PhD, CNM, NPP, IBCLC
    Using a collaborative approach, nurses and physicians implemented a quality improvement initiative to identify and eliminate barriers that impeded C/S mothers from performing skin-to-skin contact with their newborns. To assess the implications of this initiative, investigators conducted a qualitative research study.
  • Maternal and Provider Barriers in a Pediatric Primary Care Setting
    Matthew Broom, MD, FAAP, Gene LaBarge, MD, Amy Ladley, PhD
    Sharing videotaped interviews with pediatric providers and women identified through routine screening, Maternal and Provider Barriers in a Pediatric Primary Care Setting takes an in-depth look at the process and outcomes of screening and providing services in a pediatric primary care setting.

KEYNOTE 2, FRIDAY 1:15- 2:15
Cindy-Lee Dennis, PhD
Can We Prevent Postpartum Depression? Results from a systematic review and clinical trial

Breakout III
FRIDAY 2:30 – 3:45

  • Fathering Initiatives in Wayne County: What Fathers Really Want
    Maria Muzik, MD, MS, Carolyn Dayton, PhD, Rodgers Washington, John Fort; John Miles, David Cardinal
    A panel of fatherhood initiative experts discuss methods for effectively recruiting and engaging fathers into family programs and parenting initiatives. Presentation includes data from fathering focus groups and outcomes data from current programming.
  • Courageous Heart: Fostering Resilience in the  Face of Traumatic Birth Experiences
    Leslie Butterfield, PhD
    This presentation will briefly describe the elements of traumatic birth for families AND birth providers, accompanied by a discussion of the recent research regarding posttraumatic growth. We will address both preventive and clinical approaches.
  • Media Outreach and Strategy – Tips From the Press
    Sharon Gerdes, PSI Media Chair; Sarah Alvarez from Michigan Public Radio; Lisa Cross, MA, LMFT
    Press coverage of postpartum mental health issues tends to focus on tragedies. Media professionals will share ideas on how to pitch and present a story that focuses on the prevention, treatment and community resources.
  • Impact of Psychiatric Care for Women Suffering from Perinatal Mood Disorders, Michael R. Liepman MD: Maternal Depression is Not Just a Problem Early On; Catherine L. Kothari PhD; Barriers to Mental Health Treatment Affecting Perinatal Women, Suzanne Suchyta Haas MPA
    This presentation will share the results of a longitudinal survey that identified two peaks in depression among a community-wide sample of women; one early, within the first couple of months postpartum, and one later, at eighteen months. Discussion regarding clinical and community practice implications will follow.
  • Perinatal sleep problems – Causes, Complications and Management
    Madhavi Latha Nagalla MBBS, Kerrie Van Weelden, LMSW, Barb Palkowski RN, BSW, MSN, PMHNP-BC
    Pregnancy is associated with physiological changes that can disrupt sleep, cause sleep disorders or worsen underlying sleep conditions. It is important to treat these sleep problems to prevent psychiatric and obstetric complications

FRIDAY 3:45 – 4:10
Mindfulness Moment with Robin Muskal, PhD

Breakout IV
FRIDAY 4:15-5:30

  • Ending the Cycle of Intergenerational Depression
    Shoshana Bennett PhD and Pec Indman, MFT, EdD
    This presentation will offer practical nuggets protecting children from parental depression.  Much can be done to help children thrive even if their parents are in the midst of recovery.
  • Text Messaging and PMADs: A Prescription
    Amy Ladley, PhD, Matthew Broom, MD, FAAP, Gene LaBarge, MD
    This workshop seeks to provide attendees with a toolkit for developing and integrating text messaging into a clinical or support setting; final results of our text messaging study as well as a step-by-step guide will be provided.
  • National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health: Information & Brainstorming Session
    Lynne McIntyre MSW Wendy Davis, PhD; Liz Friedman, MFA; Joy Burkhard, MBA
    This session will educate participants about the mission of the new National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health, as well as soliciting participant input into the coalition’s goals and objectives. Participants will have an opportunity to shape the future of a new and vital actor in the perinatal mental health arena.
  • Postpartum screening and beyond: Shifting practices in obstetric settings
    Neha Hudepohl, MD, Melinda Cline, MSW, CLC; Kimberly Garner, MSW, CLC
    This workshop will focus on the use of innovative educational techniques and training to implement universal screening for perinatal depression amongst maternal health providers.
  • Postpartum OCD and Attachment: The Role of Doulas in Supporting Families
    Jane Hesser, MFA, LICSW and Rosemary Mason, CCE, PCD(DONA), CLC
    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, an often frightening but treatable condition, is more common postpartum than in the general population. This session will explore assessment of postpartum OCD, and ways it can negatively impact attachment. Understand the role of doulas and skills to increase effectiveness with clients and their families in the following areas: emotional support, physical support, limitations, and when to refer. 


KEYNOTE 3, SATURDAY 8:15 – 9:15
Mother and Baby Partial Program – Innovative Care and Treatment

Breakout V
FRIDAY 9:30-10:30

  • Therapeutic Interventions in the Partial Hospitalization for Women with a Perinatal Mood Disorder
    Kerrie Van Weelden, LMSW, Nancy Roberts, RN, CCE, CBC, and Cristina Stauffer, LMSW
    The Pine Rest Mother and Baby Program utilizes several therapy techniques that are specialized to meet the needs and symptoms of the women who are pregnant or postpartum experiencing acute anxiety and depressed symptoms or other mood changes. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Health and Wellness Education techniques will be displayed and handouts will be provided. The handouts have been uniquely changed and formatted with input of women experiencing the symptoms.
  • Eating Disorders and Body Image Disturbance Among Childbearing Women
    Tara Tulley LDEM, LCSW
    This presentation examines eating disorders and body image from a multi-cultural prospective, and problems with screening tools and treatment modalities for women over the age of 25 and of different cultural backgrounds. This presentation will also discuss evidence- based treatment options for mothers of varied backgrounds.
  • Impact of pregnancy loss on psychological functioning and grief outcome
    Deb Rich PhD. LP, CPLC
    Learn newest evidence-based methods to anticipate, prevent and treat anxiety and depression following pregnancy loss and extending through the subsequent pregnancy. Current controversies and differential diagnosis will be addressed. 
  • Postpartum Psychosis: From Crisis to Contribution
    Jennifer Moyer, BS
    The presenter will describe how being touched by perinatal mental health crises and challenges can build these experiences into opportunities to advocate for others and how advocacy brings about positive changes in perinatal mental health.
  • Perinatal Addiction: Identification and intervention in pregnancy
    Devinalini Misir MD
    Perinatal drug and alcohol exposure is a public health issue associated with staggering economic costs. Sometimes pregnant women, who are using drugs or alcohol, do not come forward to get help, for varied reasons. How do you identify these patients early on, for appropriate interventions!

Breakout VI
FRIDAY 10:45-11:45

  • Mindfulness & Sensory Interventions in Psycho-educational Group Sessions
    Melissa Vander Laan, CTRS
    Session will focus on evidence-based treatment modalities using sensory interventions as a powerful treatment tool in psycho-educational sessions.  Ways to integrate activities, skills and mindfulness techniques for optimal effectiveness when working with pregnant/postpartum women with PMD will be discussed.
  • Working with Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors in Reproductive Healthcare
    Phyllis Florian,PsyD
    Mothers and their providers require special considerations, when childhood sexual abuse is the uninvited guest in the reproductive healthcare setting. Trauma-informed practices will enlighten this presentation.
  • The Perinatal Genogram: An Assessment and Treatment Tool
    Diana Lynn Barnes PsyD
    Research recognizes the impact of perinatal depression on the family system and the critical importance of risk assessment. This workshop brings systems theory and screening together by addressing the useful of a perinatal genogram as an assessment tool towards understanding the experience of the entire family and its implications for treatment.
  • Adjusting to Parenthood: “OMG, what did we get ourselves into?!”
    Heidi Koss,MA,LMHC
    This session with explore common hurdles many parents experience contributing to a difficult transition into parenthood. We will explore how culture, adjustments in Marriage/Couplehood from “We to Three” and Individual Family of Origin (FOO) issues contribute to this wild ride of becoming a mother or father. Principles of Gottman & Gottman’s “Bringing Baby Home” program will be incorporated into the impact having a baby has on a couple’s relationship.
  • What’s normal and when do I need help? Coping with Change is a psycho-educational program in Manitoba Canada
    Erin Bockstael
    This workshop will introduce participants to Coping with Change a psycho-education program that promotes maternal mental health through a woman-centred approach. The program focuses on the needs of women by addressing the social and personal expectation new mothers face.

KEYNOTE 4, SATURDAY 1:15 – 2:15
George Parnham, JD
Maternal Mental Health and the Law

Breakout VII
SATURDAY 2:30 – 4:00

  • Integrated Mental Health in Primary Care: Total Family Support in an Ob/Gyn and Pediatric Office Setting
    Maria Muzik, MD; Lisa Hammer, MD; Lulu Zhao, MD; Lisa Anderson, LMSW; Laurel Hicks, LLMSW; Kate Baker, MD; Kate Rosenblum, CPsych; Katie Pasque, MD
    This workshop will discuss the development and implementation of an interdisciplinary perinatal mental health program within an OB/Gyn and Pediatric office. Presenters will review recommendations for screening and referral, barriers to care, and the utility of a case management model.
  • Mindfulness as an Intervention Tool for PMAD
    Suma Karandikar MA, LCPC; Devi Natarajan MA, LPC; Marina Pesserl, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS; Suzannah Neufeld, MFT, RYT
    This workshop will help you understand the effectiveness of mindfulness as an intervention and equip you with therapeutic techniques to help women who are experiencing Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. We will present a new, empowering tool, based on research, to reduce postpartum distress and PMD symptoms. Learn gentle and accessible yoga and mindfulness-based psychology tools.
  • Sustainable Community Networks: Warmlines and Support Groups
    Birdie Gunyon Meyer, Crystal Clancy; Lisa Cross; Wendy Davis; Liz Friedman; Tonya Fulwider; Adrienne Griffen
    Learn from this panel of experienced social support network leaders as they describe successful models of telephone and group support. Topics include recruiting and training volunteers, setting up telephone warmlines, support group formats and guidelines, outreach and developing a provider resource list, and effective ways to increase access for all families. Bring your questions, successes, and challenges to add to the discussion.
  • Enhancing resilience in the transition to motherhood
    Pec Indman EdD, MFT; Agnieszka Grabowski, LCSW; Christina Johnson, LCSW
    Transition to parenthood is recognized as a time of enormous flux and change affecting every domain of an individual’s life. The ability to accept and adjust to these changes while preserving a positive sense of self is associated with emotional wellbeing in the postpartum. This presentation discusses key concepts and clinical interventions that enhance this ability and promote recovery in postpartum women suffering from PMADs.
  • Considerations for the internet and postpartum depression, Michael DeAngelo, MS, MA, & Randy Fingerhut, PhD; A Perfect Storm: Perfectionists, PMADs, & Online Mamas, Katie Kmiecik, LCPC & Melissa McKissack, LCSW; Web-Based Postpartum Support Groups, Michelle V. Harvey, M.A., LMFT
    Postpartum depression poses considerable barriers for women to access the support and help they need. The internet may serve as a potential means to overcome these barriers and aid treatment. This workshop explains the connections between Type A/Perfectionistic mothers, PMADs and social media and provides tools for professionals working with these moms. You will learn how postpartum peer support and psycho-education are being delivered conveniently and confidentially via web conference meetings.