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Pre-Conference PSI PMAD Training

Postpartum Support International
Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders Certificate Training

Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care
Wednesday June 22 – Thursday June 23, 2016
7:30am Registration and light breakfast
8:30 – 5:00 Training

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
901 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108


in collaboration with Strategies Center at Youth for Change

Faculty:  Pec Indman, MFT, EdD,  Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA , Alison Reminick, MD

The 2-day Postpartum Support International Certificate of Completion Course, taught by expert and engaging faculty, is a thorough and evidence-based curriculum designed for psychiatrists, nurses, physicians, social workers, mental health providers, childbirth professionals, social support providers, or anyone interested in learning skills and knowledge for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. training manual, handouts, and certification of continuing education credits. CMEs, CNEs, California MFTs and LCSWs.



7:30- 8:30  Registration and light breakfast

8:30-8:45    Introduction to PSI and Faculty                  

8:45-9:30    Overview: Entering Motherhood & Why they suffer in silence

  • The Perinatal Period
  • Perfectionism, Dreams, & Expectations
  • Myths of Motherhood
  • Stigma of Mental illness
  • Barriers to Treatment

9:30-10:30      The Many Faces of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

  • Etiology
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Diagnostic Features

10:30-10:45    BREAK

10:45-11:00    Video – PSI’s educational video: “Healthy Mom, Happy Family: Understanding Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders”

11:00-11:10    Dads and Partners Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders

11:10-11:20    Risk Factors and Prevention

11:20-12:15    Other Important Considerations:

  • Breastfeeding and PMADs
  • Infertility
  • Adoption
  • Pregnancy Loss
  • Infants in NICU
  • Military Families

12:15-1:30      Lunch (provided) and Panel of Survivors 

1:30-2:45        Screening and Prevention: Screening Tools and Assessment

2:45-3:00        BREAK

3:00-3:45        Social Support Networks:    

  • Support Groups and Warmlines
  • What they look like, how to start one, successful elements
  • 9 Steps to Wellness: Jane Honikman’s self-help model

3:45-4:00        Faith Communities and Spirituality

4:00-4:30        International Incidence and Cultural Differences of PMADs

4:30-5:00        Q & A and Discussion



8:00-8:30       Registration and breakfast (provided)

8:30-8:35        Public Service Announcements: Using media to raise awareness

8:35-8:45        The Team & Critical Components to Recovery

8:45-10:30      Psychotherapeutic Themes and Models:

  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Mother-Infant Therapeutic Approaches
  • Case Examples

10:30-10:45    BREAK

10:45-11:15    Complementary and Alternative Therapies CAM

11:15-12:00    Resources

  • Legislation
  • Local Resources & Resource Review – Reading Lists and Handouts

12:00-1:00      Lunch (provided) and Networking                                   

1:00 – 3:00      Pharmacological Interventions in Pregnancy, Postpartum and Lactation: Allison Reminick, MD

  • Evidence based research
  • Evaluating Studies and Articles
  • Talking with families about medication

3:00-3:15        BREAK

3:15-3:25         PSI DVD “Fathers Respond”

3:25-4:30        Effects of Untreated PMADs on Mother, Infant, and Family

4:30-4:45        Wade Bowen: “Turn on the Lights” for PSI

4:45-5:00        Wrap-Up/Discussion/ Evaluations


For more information, contact Orrin Banta obanta@youth4change.org

Continuing Education Credits

2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION – Info and Registration