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PSI Pre-Conference Certificate Training

Postpartum Support International Pre-Conference

2-Day Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders Certificate Training
Wed July 11- Thurs July 12 | Houston, Texas

Continuing Education Information

JW Marriott Houston, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056

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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.


Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders:
Components of Care

Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA




pecPec Indman, EdD, MFT




nicole Doghor

Osarumen Nicole Doghor, MD



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



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

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: Chris Raines, RN MSN APRN-BC

  • 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