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FRIDAY 8:15- 9:15: KEYNOTE 1 
Vivien Burt, MD
Depression in Pregnancy: Making Sense of Conflicting Literature about Risks of Treatment with Antidepressants

FRIDAY 9:30-10:30 ~ Breakout I

  • Pam Barnes-Palty, M.Ed., M.A.
    Working with Native American Women with Postpartum Depression nd PMADS
    Providing Appropriate Multi-Cultural Care with working with Native American mothers. Who are “Native American” mothers?  Seeking help for PPD and PMADS is complicated by historical trauma and current social and economic realities. The session will include lecture and a question-and-answer session. Additionally, story-telling, an important component of many Native American tribal cultures, will be incorporated to provide a multi-cultural experience for participants.
  • Sage Saxton, Psy.D. and Pec Indman, EdD, MFT
    Bridging the Gap: National Interdisciplinary Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents
    The new national support guidelines for perinatal health will be presented. These guidelines were created through the collaborative work of over 50 professionals and the National Perinatal Association (NPA). These recommendations have been endorsed by multiple national and parent support organizations (including PSI).
  • Crystal Clancy, MA, LMFT and Lisa Cross, MA, LMFT
    A Skills-Based Approach to Helping Couples Navigate Their Postpartum Journey
    If you work with expecting or postpartum couples, this workshop will give you some tools to help navigate their postpartum journey more smoothly, and feel more connected. You will learn several different approaches that can be integrated into counseling.
  • Meggan Hartman, PhD
    Culture, Shame, and Motherhood Identity
    Mother-blame/shame is pervasive in American culture. Come and discuss the ways culture shames and blames mothers and explore the ramifications of this phenomena on the development of the Maternal Identity
  • Amy-Rose White MSW, LCSW and Elizabeth Smith, MPH, ICCE, IBCLE, RLC
    The Breast is Best Paradigm & Maternal Mental Health: Best Practices in Psychotherapy and Lactation
    Expectations around breastfeeding have a unique & direct impact on women with postpartum mood & anxiety disorders, including birth trauma PTSD. This presentation explores this dynamic relationship, the tension between “optimal infant feeding” and maternal mental health, as well as concrete strategies for professionals in clinical practice. Appropriate for all birth professionals interested in addressing the balance between sound maternal mental health and optimal infant feeding practices.
  • Amanda Tinkelman, MD
    Bipolar Disorder and Postpartum Psychosis

    A review of the epidemiology, manifestation and management of postpartum psychosis, and its strong association with Bipolar Disorder
  • Shoshana Bennett, PhD and Jane Honikman, MS
    Postpartum Action Institute – Friday Workshop
    Mini Postpartum Action Institute (PAI) Practice your skills and gain new insights for supporting new parents. Interact in a safe environment to overcome challenges and barriers as you empower new families.

FRIDAY 10:45 – 11:45 ~ Breakout II

  • Dvora Entin, LCSW
    Maternal Mental Health Care and the Orthodox Jewish Family: Cultural Insights

    The Orthodox Jewish Community struggles with stigma and fear of anyone knowing , however the community offers a strong framework of supportive networks and opportunity for collaboration. Increasing cultural understanding can increase opportunity for care of an often vulnerable population of women.
  • Malina Spirito, Psy.D., M.Ed. and Megan O’Hara, MSW, LCSW
    A Hybrid Integrated Care Model: A Novel Approach to Maternal Mental Health
    The overall objective of this presentation is to describe the factors vital to implementing an integrated maternal mental health program in a large women’s and children’s hospital system.
  • Sherry J. Duson, M.A. LPC-S, LMFT-S and Kim Jones, M.A. LMFT
    Increasing Access to Care Using a Private Practice Training Model
    Overview of a practice model which includes using interns and associates under supervision, offering specialized training in perinatal mental health, and providing counseling, assessment, support and educational services to the community on a sliding scale. Workshop will include information about finances, supervision procedures and record keeping. Experiential data will be presented from presenters personal experience.
  • Angela Burling R.N., M.S.N. and Chris Raines, R.N., M.S.N., APRN-BC
    Avoiding Crisis and the Loss of Life by Recognizing and Treating Postpartum Psychosis
    Postpartum Psychosis: A Medical Emergency. Why is postpartum psychosis considered a medical emergency? What are the signs and symptoms that require immediate action and the potential dangers of untreated PPP?
  • Daniel B. Singley, Ph.D., ABPP
    Fathers’ Perinatal Mental Health: Yes, It Exists and What You Should Do About It
    This introductory workshop provides in-depth information regarding research, theory, and best practices in the psychology of new fatherhood throughout the perinatal period spanning from conception to one year postpartum.
  • Erica Shoemaker, MD, MPH; Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC; Michael Regalado MD; Nyssa Adackapara, MD
    The New Family Care Clinic: Integration in Every Direction

    he New Family Care Clinic is an innovative model that integrates maternal mental health care in multiple ways: between obstetrics and pediatrics to cover the entire perinatal period, and between psychiatry, traditional pediatrics, and Promoting First Relationships, an attachment-based approach.
  • Adrienne Griffen, MPP; Tonya Fulwider; Crystal Clancy, LMFT
    Roundtable Discussion for Nonprofit Leadership – Part I
    This discussion will aid Executive Directors and staff of nonprofit organizations addressing PMADs by providing a support group to be a sounding board for ideas, concerns, strategies, and growth. Participants will share ideas and lessons learned about the realities of running a nonprofit organization.


FRIDAY LUNCH: (lunch provided)
THE BLUE DOT SYMBOL for Maternal Mental Health
Peggy O’Neil Nosti; Gretchen Mallios, LCSW, RYT; Anna Sutton, RN, PHN, MSN


Friday 1:15-2:15:  KEYNOTE 2
Maternal Mental Health and Cultural Competency
Sherry Payne, MSN, RN, CNE, IBCLC

Friday 2:30-3:45 ~ Breakout III

  • Diana Griffis, MS, LMFT
    Mamás y Bebés Program- Replication of a Perinatal Preventive Intervention of Postpartum Depresion for the Latina Population – Adapting and Supporting the use of the Promotora Model

    Utilizing the Evidenced Based Practice DzMamás y Bebés Program (MyB)dz , the workshop will give attendees a brief overview as well as identify risk and protective factors of Postpartum Depression (PDD) . Review the nationally available Postpartum Depression Prevention program DzMyBdz. Findings of the Washington DC implementation will be discussed.Replication and the adaptation of DzMyBdz program in Riverside County using the Promotora Model will be reviewed. Strategies of implementation and ongoing support for MYB providers will also be presented.
  • Joy Burkhard, MBA and Bruce Spurlock, MD
    California Maternal Mental Health Commission-‐Findings and Recommendations
    This presentation will showcase the findings and recommendations made by the California Commission on Maternal Mental Health Care after completing its year long collaborative work.
  • Amber Rukaj, M.A., LMFT, PP Doula and Chelsea Haakmeester, M.A., IMF
    Integrative Systems Model For Infertility: Patient benefits and provider considerations for PMADs prevention
    This workshop will focus on an interdisciplinary model for infertility treatment and provide recommendations for working with patients that have been treated for infertility and are transitioning from pregnancy to postpartum.
  • Gabrielle Kaufman, MA,LPCC, BC-DMT,NCC; Caron Post, PhD; Patrisha Taylor, MFT, PhD (candidate)
    Keeping Mothers and Babies Safe: Building Relationships with CPS
    Maternal Mental Health concerns often lead to worries about child safety. This workshop will review how to form partnerships with local Child Protection Services and educate social workers to advocate not only for children, but for mothers too.
  • Wendy Davis, PhD; Marisela Rosales, LCSW; Dalia Kenig, MA, MFT
    Perinatal Mental Health Warmlines: Training Volunteers, Sustaining Services, and Emergencies
    Perinatal Mental Health Support Warmlines: Training Volunteers, Sustaining Services, and Dealing with Emergencies. Learn from our experienced panel as they describe the guidelines, challenges, andeffective methods of running a telephone support line for pregnant and postpartum families. Our panelists are the warmline coordinators and volunteer trainers for the PSI English and Spanish warmlines. Topics include the role of social support; assessing, training and supporting volunteers; description of calls, challenges, and solutions; providing culturally informed services; sharing resources and referrals; and emergency protocols.
  • Kimberly McCue, M.A. Lita Simanis, MSW, LCSW Melissa Gonski, MA, LCPC
    Amita — Developing A Perinatal Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program
    A detailed presentation of the development of the AMITA Perinatal IOP from idea to 1st day, as well as day-to-day operations, curriculum development, PMAD CLS, inclusion of L & D nursing staff, and psychopharmacology management.

  • Angela Burling R.N., M.S.N. and Sharon Gerdes, B.S., C.F.S
    Postpartum Psychosis Survivors – Making a Difference (Second Annual Postpartum Psychosis Survivors Support Group)
    An opportunity to meet, share and strategize with others who have lived the experience of a postpartum psychosis (PPP).


  • Allison Murphy, MFT
    The Mothers Care Model. Bridging the Gap: Physicians and Clinicians Creating Proactive Care
    Emma Goforth, MPH; Lisa Jansen Thompson, MA; LPC Lauren Jassil, MSW, LCSW
    Collaboration for Community Change in Perinatal Mental Health

    • The Mothers Care Model: Created by an Ob/Gyn and a MFT as a response to unmet perinatal mental health needs. This model partners mental health providers, health providers and funders to disrupt the current delivery of services. Mothers Care was designed to accurately assess and treat PMADs and to provide….support from the start.
    • Collaboration for Community Change in Perinatal Mental Health: Hear how one high risk community in Colorado came together to break down barriers that exist for perinatal mental health, focusing on multiple levels: from women and their supports to referral organizations to systems.


  • Jane Hesser, MFA, MSW, LICSW
    The Spaces In Between: Facilitating Wellness in Perinatal Transitions (IPT)
    Arianna Taboada, MSW, MSPH
    Postpartum Eco-map: A Tool for Identifying and Strengthening Support Networks in Pregnancy and postpartum

    • Facilitating Wellness in Perinatal Transitions (IPT): Becoming a mother is dynamic and complex, involving changes is identity and role, as well as biological and concrete changes. This session will draw on the group’s collective experience, and a general Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) framework, to identify challenges and organize thoughts around ways of facilitating wellness throughout the transition to motherhood.
    • Postpartum Eco-map: Learn how a social work tool can help pregnant and postpartum women assess their connections with family, community and social networks, and develop a clear postpartum support plan.


  • Laurie Chameides, LCSW
    Grief Work Following Termination For Anomalies
    Joanna Cole, PhD
    A Model for Perinatal Palliative Care: Helping Mothers and Families Say “Goodbye” at Birth

    • Grief Work Following Termination: This workshop will discuss the impact of decision making on emotional adjustment following the diagnosis of anomalies in a desired pregnancy. Cultural issues and treatment modalities will be addressed.
    • Perinatal Palliative Care:This workshop will explore the evolution of perinatal palliative care and share a model that supports women and families who decide to carry their pregnancy to term knowing their baby’s life will be limited.


  • Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA and Annette Cycon, LICSW
    Managing Difficult Situations in Support Groups
    Hear two seasoned group leaders share lessons learned over 25 years. Participants will learn about managing challenging situations, personalities, crisis, and mandated reporting, as well as a problem-solving tool they can use in their own groups.
  • Kimberly McCue, M.A. Lita Simanis, MSW, LCSW: Patrick McGrath, PhD
    Treatment of Perinatal Anxiety in Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Setting
    Developing a tailored approach to dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder, intrusive thoughts, panic disorders, specific anxieties, and post traumatic stress issues in the perinatal period.
  • Suzannah Neufeld, MFT RYT
    Yoga and Mindfulness for Mama’s Mood: Healing Tools for PMAD
    Learn gentle and accessible yoga and mindfulness-­‐based psychology tools to support women in nurturing and strengthening themselves in facing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.


FRIDAY 5:45pm – 7:00pm

Special Keynote by CELEBRITY CHEF AND MOM — Aarti Sequeira!


SATURDAY June 25, 2016

7:15-7:45 AM: Morning Mindfulness Moment with Robin Muskal, PhD

SATURDAY 8:15-9:15:  KEYNOTE 3
Vincent Felitti, MD: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Mental Health

SATURDAY 9:30-10:30 ~ Breakout V

  • Venus Mahmoodi, M.S.
    Perinatal Cultural and Religious Practices of U.S. Muslim Women

    Muslim women living in the U.S. have unique perinatal experiences that need consideration when treating mental health concerns. This presentation will highlight key practices to consider when treating Muslim women.
  • Marybeth McManus, BSN, MPA, RN-BC
    Northwell Health: Lessons Learned Opening an Inpatient Perinatal Psychiatry Unit 
    This session will describe the opening of an inpatient perinatal psychiatry unit, a 10-bed designated unit inside of the women’s inpatient unit at private psychiatric hospital in New York.
  • Christina G. Hibbert, Psy.D.
    Perinatal Self-Esteem, Identity, & Sense-of-Self: A New Approach to Healing
    Self-esteem & identity loss have consistently been linked with PMADs. This workshop presents a unique treatment approach, combining “The Pyramid of Self-Worth” model, principles of positive psychology, and exercise.
  • Diana Lynn Barnes, PhD
    Trauma Informed Understanding of Postpartum Psychosis
    Postpartum Psychosis affects 1 to 3 in 1000 mothers and is currently understood to be a serious mental illness with significant rates of infanticide and suicide. Learn about the new research that is focusing on the causal relationship between childhood trauma and psychosis. Implications of a trauma informed understanding of postpartum psychosis and the importance of decreasing stigma and increasing access to care for mothers will be discussed.
  • Lisa Dryan, LCSW, Gregory E. Burchett, and Panel
    Building and Financing Grassroots Coalitions through Relationships

    Participants attending this conference will learn how to establish, build, grow and finance their parental mental health collaborative and what obstacles may need to be overcome at each stage of coalition building.
  • Helen W Jones RN, APN, C., PhD
    Pharmacogenetics and Personalized Medicine – A Game Changer

    The purpose of this presentation is to delineate the principles of pharmacogenetics, focusing on aspects that affect clinical practice. It will describe the polymorphism of the liver CYP450 metabolic enzymes, mostly CYP2D6 and CYP2C19to better understand the scope of human genetic diversity, and present rationale for variability in drug efficacy and therapeutic responses. The information will summarize the reasons that pharmacogenetics will be a game changer and revolutionize patient care
  • Shoshana Bennett, PhD and Jane Honikman, MS
    Postpartum Action Institute Workshop 2 – Saturday Workshop
    Practice your skills and gain new insights for supporting new parents. Interact in a safe environment to overcome challenges and barriers as you empower new families.

SATURDAY 10:45-11:45 ~ Breakout VI

  • Yuko M. Leong RN, PHN, MS, PHCNS-BC
    Life Course Theory(LCT): Journey with Families in Transition: Japanese-American Families
    This workshop focuses on practical use of the Life Course Theory. How can a home visitor understand and interact with individual families’ journeys through life-changing experiences?
  • Ruth P. Newton, Ph.D. and Khawla Suleiman-Qafiti, M.D., MAS, FAAP
    Maternal postpartum depression screening, assessment and treatment: a pilot program
    The presenters will discuss the multiple levels of care provided by the Maternal Depression Pilot and address the systems change needed to accomplish this best practice relational model.
  • Andrea Schneider, MSW, LCSW
    Healing with the Expressive Arts: Interventions for Moms with PMADs
    Healing with the Expressive Arts: Interventions for Moms with PMADs : This course will help both new and seasoned perinatal clinical practitioners to learn new strategies using expressive arts for intervention with clients impacted by PMADs. Using a trauma-informed and evidence-based approach, this workshop will introduce several creative interventions designed to help clients master the trauma of PMADs.
  • Jane Hesser, MFA, MSW, LICSW
    Embracing Complexity: Traumatic Birth Impact on Maternal Mental Health and Infant Bonding
    Traumatic labor and delivery adds complexity to the assessment and treatment of women suffering from PMAD’s. This session will briefly explore research on the potential impact of traumatic labor and delivery, on both maternal mental health and maternal-infant bonding. Discussion will emphasize the importance of embracing dynamic complexity in both assessment and treatment of women suffering from PMAD’s, in the context of traumatic birth recovery. The discussion will be enriched and illustrated by case examples from the Department of Women’s Behavioral Health, at Women & Infants Hospital, in Providence, RI.
  • Alison Reminick, MD; Theresa Nguyen, PMHNP; Amber Rukaj, MFT
    Postpartum Depression in the Military
    The University of California, San Diego is at the center of a number of different military bases in Southern California and, as a result, the Women’s Mental Health Program cares for a many military families suffering from postpartum depression. In the past three months we have treated over 40 military families who presented with antenatal or postpartum depression. The experiences of these military families are unique and we would like to discuss predictors, risk factors, barriers to care and impact of postpartum depression in these families. We will also discuss how frequent moves, deployments and military environment contributes to postpartum depression and how these factors also affect attachment and bonding with the newborn. We will be presenting and discussing our own preliminary data obtained from the focus groups we will be conducting over the next few months with these families to understand how we can better serve them through our Women’s Mental Health Program.
  • Shannon L. Clark, MD; Elizabeth A. DeFazio RN, MS; Nuria S. García-Ruiz, MD
    Integrating group medication management into obstetrical care: A multidisciplinary treatment model
    CONNECTED is an interdisciplinary medication management group developed to treat, educate and support pregnant and postpartum women with mood and anxiety disorders. Presenters will outline advantages and challenges of the group treatment model and describe its implementation in an academic hospital setting.

  • Adrienne Griffen, MPP; Tonya Fulwider; Crystal Clancy, LMFT
    Roundtable Discussion for Nonprofit Leadership – Part 2
    This discussion will aid Executive Directors and staff of nonprofit organizations addressing PMADs by providing a support group to be a sounding board for ideas, concerns, strategies, and growth. Participants will share ideas and lessons learned about the realities of running a nonprofit organization.


SATURDAY LUNCH: lunch provided
Susan A. Hickman Research Award
Ilyene Barsky Memorial Award
Jamie Zahlaway Belsito: Legislation – A Call to Action

SATURDAY 1:15-2:15:  KEYNOTE 4 
David Levine, MD and Daniel Singley, PhD

SATURDAY 2:30-4:00 ~ Breakout VII

  • Linda Shanti McCabe, PsyD
    If I lose the baby weight, will I re-find myself?

    Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RDN, CEDRD, CLEC
    Eating Disorders During Pregnancy and Postpartum – Risk Factors, Symptoms and Treatment

    • Pregnancy and postpartum are challenging and transformative times for most women. Add an eating disorder to the mix and the challenges become greater. We will explore risk (and recovery) factors; co-occurrence with mood disorders, and how postpartum bellies can be doorways to transformation.
    • Millions of women suffer from eating disorders during pregnancy and postpartum, yet few receive support and treatment. Learn what perinatal health professionals must know about eating disorders during pregnancy and postpartum.


  • Anna Breuer, Psy.D and Tracy E. Moran, Ph.D
    Keeping the Baby in Mind When Depression and Anxiety Transpire (Fussy Baby Network)
    Jennifer Silverstein, LCSW, IFMHS
    Infant Neurodevelopment Development and Primary Relationships: Mitigating the PMAD Impact

    • Learn how attachment relationships prime the brain for optimal growth, and the impact of PMADs on this process. Discover tools to help recovering mothers maximize their baby’s developmental potential.
    • Fussy Baby Network


  • Gaby Donnell, LCSW
    Pre-term and Infant Death: Clinical Interventions for Grief and Trauma
    Joann M. O’Leary, PhD, MPH, MS
    Pregnant After Perinatal Loss: Differentiating Grief from Depression

    • This workshop addresses the complex nature of infant loss. Both the grieving process and subsequent trauma reactions will be discussed. The focus will be on compassionate clinical responses and interventions.
    • We will explore the difference between unresolved grief or depression and parental feelings that emerge during a pregnancy following perinatal loss that can be viewed as normal, given their history.


  • Annette Cycon, LICSW and Heidi Koss, MA
    Utilizing Trauma-informed Skills in Perinatal Support Groups
    For millennia women have relied on each other in hard times for support, guidance and encouragement and yet many women have experienced trauma, which can impact her participation in groups. In this workshop participants will learn the fundamentals of trauma-informed practice and how these skills can be utilized in perinatal groups. Participants will have an opportunity to participate in or observe a MotherWoman group and learn the trauma-informed skills that ensure safety in perinatal support groups.


  • Jenn Paul, MA, MFT: Community Resiliency Model®(CRM)
    Self –Care skills for those in the Helping & Healing Profession
    Kim Flowers, IF-ECMH RPF-II and Rachael Stracka, LCSW, BCD
    Taking Care of You, the Professional: A Mindful Response to PMADs

    • Community Resiliency Model®(CRM): CRM wellness skills are biologically based resiliency interventions based upon current neuroscience. CRM is used globally to reduce the effects of PTSD, depression, and anxiety in individuals, families, and communities—while also supporting professionals in finding resiliency, reducing stress, and preventing burn-out.
    • Taking Care of You, the Professional: The practice of mindfulness offers rich benefits that can be used by the professional before, during, and after challenging cases. The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize providers with mindfulness practices and its benefits based on current research, and to practice in person the application of such techniques in response to PMAD and traumatic loss cases.


  • Tina Walch, MD; Amanda Tinkelman, MD; Pauline Walfisch, LCSW; Lisa Testa, PhD
    This is Not Your Mothers’ PMAD: Complex Cases and Clinical Pearls
    This Is Not Your Mother’s PMAD: Complex cases and Clinical Pearls. Utilizing case scenarios attendees will understand the diverse presentations of PMAD and recognize the importance of developing wrap around services to provide bridging care for mothers at all levels of need.


SATURDAY 4:15-4:45 ~ Conference Closing Session: Feedback and the Future