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Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care

PSI Cert IconcolorPSI 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, and continuing education credits. Approved for CMEs, CNEs, and CEs.

Upcoming Trainings

Contact Orrin Banta for more information

April 19-20, 2023 Plymouth, MA

Please stay tuned for an update about how COVID-19 will affect scheduling.
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April 19-20 – Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care
Faculty: TBD

3rd Day Advanced Training Available.

April 21Advanced Psychotherapy Training

September 13-14, 2023

Providence, Rhode Island

September 13-14  Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care

3rd Day Advanced Training is Also Available 

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

November 1-2, 2023

November 1-2,  Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care

3rd Day Advanced Training is Also Available 

November 3 Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy Training

Stay tuned for more trainings and keep in touch

Continuing Education Credits

Completion Requirements: Attendees must attend the full training to receive continuing education credits and certificate of completion. 

  • Social Workers: This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886708348-1227) for 14.5 continuing education contact hours.
  • New York State Social Workers: Postpartum Support International co-sponsors this program with Seleni Psychology Counseling and Support, PLLC, who is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved sponsor of continuing education for licensed social workers (#SW-0477).
  • NBCC Counselors: 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.
  • CMEs: This Live activity, Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care, from 06/03/2021 – 06/02/2022, 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. AMA/AAFP Equivalency: AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1. These CMEs can be applied by Nurse Midwives and Advanced-practice Nurses.
  • Psychologists: 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.
  • Nurses: This continuing nursing education activity was approved by Oregon Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Approval valid through 03/04/2022. OCEAN ID #2020-04
  • Occupational Therapists: PSI is an approved provider of CEUs by American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Provider #11342. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.
  • CAPPA Doulas: PSI Trainings are approved by CAPPA


8:00-8:30 Registration (Online- Sign Into Zoom)


Introduction to PSI Faculty 


Overview: History of PSI and Perinatal Mental Health 

⮚ Perinatal MH Certification

⮚ Understanding Terminology

Entering Parenthood 

⮚ Assumptions of Parenthood

Etiology and Prevalence 


VIDEO: “What Postpartum Depression Feels Like” 

The Many Faces of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders – Part 1 

⮚ Etiology

⮚ Signs and Symptoms

⮚ Diagnostic Features

10:30-10:45 BREAK 


VIDEO: “Healthy Mom, Happy Family: Understanding Pregnancy and  Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders” 


The Many Faces of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders – Continued

⮚ Etiology

⮚ Signs and Symptoms

⮚ Diagnostic Features

VIDEO: “Parental PMADs: A Father’s Story” 

⮚ Consequences of Paternal PMADs

⮚ Additional Risk Factors

12:00-12:15 Risks and Exacerbating Factors 

12:15-1:20 Lunch and Panel Presentation 

1:20-1:30 Break 

1:30-1:40 Q&A/Parking Lot 


Additional Risks Factors 

⮚ Substance Use

⮚ Breastfeeding

Special Populations 

⮚ Adolescents

⮚ Military

⮚ Women with Physical Disabilities

VIDEO: “Giving Birth While Deaf” 

⮚ Parents of Infants in NICU

2:45-3:00 Additional Perinatal Challenges 

⮚ Perinatal Loss, Fertility Challenges, Multiples, Adoption

3:00-3:15 BREAK 


Identifying Risk and Screening Tools 

Protective Cultural Practices

Postpartum Planning

Screening Tools

VIDEO: “Postpartum Depression and Communities of Color” PSA

4:30-5:00 Q&A/Parking Lot; Wrap-Up

8:00-8:30 Sign into Zoom 


Trauma and Culturally Informed Care 

VIDEO: “A Womb of their Own” movie trailer


Intake and Suicide Assessment 

VIDEO: “Ask the Question” 

9:50-10:10 The Team & Making Referrals 

10:10-10:30 Support Groups (Part One) 

10:30-10:45 BREAK 


Support Groups (Continued) 

⮚ Jane Honikman’s 9 Steps to Wellness

11:30-11:40 Q&A/Parking Lot 

11:40-12:00 Local Resources 

12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own) 


Medications and Untreated Effects 

⮚ Evidence-Based Research

⮚ Evaluating Studies and Articles

⮚ Talking with Families about Medication

2:30-2:45 Q&A/Parking Lot 

2:45-3:00 Break 

3:00-4:00 Evidence Based Psychotherapeutic Treatment Models VIDEO: “Turn on the Lights” 

4:00-4:10 Q&A/Parking Lot 

4:10-4:30 Complementary and Alternative Modalities 4:30-4:40 VIDEO: “Father’s Respond” 

4:40-4:55 PSI Resources 

4:55-5:00 Q&A/Parking Lot; Wrap-Up

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


“Wonderful training! Your passion for the subject is infectious and conducive to sharing info and rallying support of the topic.”

“Appreciated inclusion of men, lesbians, racial minorities and SES minorities throughout the day and multiple topics.”

 “A-ma-zing. So personable, open, human. Thank you!”

“Thank you for the panel of survivors. They were very powerful and added so much to the training.”

  • Great Presentation. Very valuable information.
  • Great sense of humor and anecdotes that made the info and presentation interesting and relatable.
  • Enjoyed cultural info.
  • I appreciate your wisdom, humor, and gentleness in presentation of your own and your client’s stories.
  • Very good examples, Very good at balancing difficult subject matter with light hearted humor.
  • Very thoughtful and information. I didn’t know so much of this!
  • The panel had good variety and very sincere.
  • Great experience for me. Will supplement my curriculum greatly.
  • Fantastic presentation!!
  • Great training – addressed an appropriate breadth and depth of the topic. I feel very competent to treat this topic as an LMFT focus.
  • The videos were great!
  • This was a wonderful overview of so many topics. I would like to attend additional more in-depth trainings. This was a wonderful 2 days — can’t wait to get more involved.
  • You covered a lot of interesting topics. I got some better understanding of what I experienced. I realize now I had this disorder and didn’t know what was wrong with me. Thank you for making me feel more normal.
  • Very passionate group of people presenting.

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