PSI has developed an internationally recognized unique evidence-based training program for health providers and social support networks. We have created an expert corps of experienced trainers and are committed to providing you with the most current research.
The 2-day PSI Certificate of Completion Course, taught by experienced and engaging faculty, is a thorough and evidence-based curriculum designed for 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 disorders. Registration includes training binder, handouts, breakfast and lunch, and continuing education credits. Approved for CMEs, CNEs, and CEs.
August 24-25 – Marietta Georgia
Birdie Meyer, RN, MA | Chris Raines, RN MSN APRN-BC
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October 2-3 – Loveland, Colorado
Wendy Davis, PhD | Ann Dunnewold, PhD | Celeste St. John-Larkin, MD
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October 26-27 – Indianapolis, Indiana
Birdie Meyer, RN, MA | Sara Pollard, MSN, RN, PMHNP | Amy Ricke, MD
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November 16-17 – Great Neck, New York
Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA | Robin Muskal, PhD | Lisa Testa, PhD | Ariela Frieder, MD
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8-8:30am Registration & Breakfast
WELCOME and BACKGROUND
Introduction and History of Postpartum Support International
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:
Signs and Symptoms
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
Infants in NICU
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
International Incidence and Cultural Differences of PMADs
Q & A, Discussion
Registration and breakfast (provided)
Public Service Announcements: Raising Public Awareness
The Team & Critical Components to Recovery
Psychotherapeutic Themes and Models:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Mother-Infant Therapeutic Approaches
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
Reading Lists and Handouts
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”
Pharmacological Interventions in Pregnancy, Postpartum and Lactation
Evidence based research
Evaluating Studies and Article
Talking with families about medication
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 the symptoms and understand the 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. Assess prenatal and postpartum risk factors.
5. Assess for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
6. Identify treatment options for PMADs.
7. Discuss breastfeeding and PMADs.
8. Develop 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 cultural differences and PMADs.
14. Discuss spirituality and PMADs