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PSI Certificate Trainings

Postpartum Support International
2-Day Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Training
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care

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.


  • This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886708348-8754) for 14.5 continuing education contact hours
  • Postpartum Support International has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6765. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Postpartum Support International is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • This Live activity, Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care, from 05/28/2016 – 05/27/2017, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 14.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Postpartum Support International (PSI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Postpartum Support International (PSI) maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • California Board of Behavioral Science. MFT and LCSW CEUs are offered by Youth for Change, BBSE CEU Provider #3347. This course meets the qualifications for 14.5 units of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Youth for Change will provide continuing education (CE) contact hours for nurses. Provider (Youth for Change) approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 16075.

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Upcoming PSI 2-Day Certificate Trainings




April 26-27, 2017 – Muskegon Michigan
Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA | Michelle Lacy, MA, LPC | Madhavi Nagalla, MD
Learn More and Register for Muskegon Training

May 10-11, 2017 – Phoenix, Arizona
Christina Hibbert, PsyD | Michelle Lacy, MA, LPC | Carole Sheehan, MA, RN | Kathy W. Smith, MD

Dignity Healthcare St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
Learn More and Register for Phoenix Training

May 17-18, 2017 – Buffalo New York
Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA | Ann Dunnewold, PhD | Carly Snyder, MD
Nancy Owen, RN, BSN,CLC | Sonia Murdock
Buffalo State College, Bulger Communications Center
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June 5-6, 2017Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wendy N. Davis, PhD | Crystal Clancy, MA, LMFT | Lisa Cross, MA, LMFT | Samantha Huguelet, DNP, APRN
before the “Beyond the Baby Blues” conference
Learn more and Register for the Minnesota training

July 12-13 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Birdie Meyer, RN, MA | Pec Indman, EdD, MFT | MD TBA

Pre-Conference Training before 30th Annual PSI Conference
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October 26-27 Indianapolis, Indiana
Birdie Meyer, RN, MASara Pollard, MSN, RN, PMHNPAmy Ricke, MD
PSI’s Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care
Learn more and Register for the Indianapolis Training

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8-8:30am Registration & Breakfast

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
Diagnostic Features
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
Pregnancy Loss
Infants in NICU

Lunch (provided)

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: 
Interpersonal Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Group Therapy
Couples Therapy
Mother-Infant Therapeutic Approaches

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Legislative Updates

Resource Review
Reading Lists and Handouts
Local Resources
Online Resources

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

Q&A, Discussion

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 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