In August 2018, the first Certification in Perinatal Mental Health became available through Postpartum Support International.
The Perinatal Mental Health Certification Program creates a structure for professional education and evaluation, and a standardization of training and experience to inform families and payers of perinatal mental health specialists. The certification curriculum requirements build on existing evidence-based perinatal mental health certificate trainings, adding an advanced-training component.
PSI has worked with internationally-known Certification company, Pearson VUE, to develop and publish a computer-based certification exam. Pearson VUE has 30 years’ experience providing test delivery and administration services to professional certification organizations. They have more than 250 company-owned testing centers in the US and nearly 20,000 authorized test centers globally. The Perinatal Mental Health Certification exam will be available beginning August 2018, and candidates will find complete instructions on a customized website page.
The Perinatal Mental Health Certification is available for three groups:
Mental Health / Psychotherapy
Prescribers; including all professionals who prescribe medication including Advanced Practice Nurses
Peer Supporters/Peer Specialists, Nurses, Doulas, Lactation, Support Group Leaders, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Dietitians, and others
2 years’ work experience in your profession, work with the Perinatal population.
For example, you have been working as a social worker for the last 3 years, and have worked with young family that just had a child. You have 1.5 year of experience at one job, and 1.5 years at your new job. Yes, that counts.
Education and Credentials
Psychotherapy: Graduate degree
Psychopharmacology: Medical Degree/Advanced Practice Nursing Degree
Affiliated Professional: Professional Credential and/or Specialized Training
Perinatal Mental Health Training
Completion of evidence-based perinatal mental health certificate training:
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Certificate Course of at least 14 hours
PLUS 6-hours advanced training in your specialty. This can be a live, interactive online training, or in-person. See below for more specific information on approved trainings.
Steps to Certification
Complete One Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Certificate Course (14-hour certificate course)
Required for All Tracks (Psychotheray, Psychoparmacology and Affiliate). Choose ONE of the following to fulfill this requirement:
Complete One Advanced Certificate Training Specific to Your Track
Note: At this time, we are considering online Advanced training on a case-by-case basis. They must be attended live, and have an interactive component to be considered eligible. They must meet the additional requirements as usual. To submit a training, please email email@example.com.
Online PSI Advanced trainings are approved for the Step 2 requirement.
Psychotherapy/Mental Health Track
PSI Advanced Psychotherapy certificate course will be scheduled in various locations throughout the year. Click here to see a list of courses currently open for registration and sign up for PSI emails to keep in touch.
You can submit other advanced in-person evidence-based courses for approval of the 6 hours advanced requirement. To request approval for an advanced course, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
PSI Advanced Psychotherapy certificate course will be scheduled in various locations throughout the year. Click here to see a list of courses currently open for registration and sign up for PSI emails to keep in touch. Affiliate professionals can take the PSI Advanced Psychotherapy to meet this qualification.
ALL breakout sessions at PSI annual conferences fulfill the requirement (minimum 6 hrs)
After you have completed the application, please email copies of your certificate of completion to email@example.com with subject Certificate of Completion.
Please submit your application after all requirements have been completed. Once your application has been submitted, the approval process can take up to 3-weeks. If you do not hear back in 3-weeks, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have just completed a PSI training, it may take extra time to receive participation confirmation. You can email your certificates when you have received them from PSI to expedite your process.
Register to Take the Exam When You Receive Approval
You will receive an email from PearsonVue upon approval of your application. Email will include registration instructions and your PSI ID#. If you do not receive this in 3-weeks, email email@example.com.