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2019 Speaker Bios

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MORNING MINDFULNESS: Friday and Saturday, 7:00-7:30am 

Mindfulness Skills to Ease Postpartum Stress and Clinical Applications for Women with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Diane Sanford, Ph.D.
Owner Midwest Mind Body Health

Dr. Diane Sanford is a psychologist, author and educator whose work in women’s health psychology has been internationally recognized. Specializing in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders  for 30 years, her books include: Stress Less, Live Better (2018), Life Will Never Be the Same: The Real Mom’s Postpartum Survival Guide (2010), Midlife and Menopause: A Celebration of Women’s Health (1998) and Postpartum Survival Guide (1994) She is currently completing The Pregnancy and Postpartum Edition of Stress Less Live Better. She obtained her Masters and PhD in clinical psychology from Syracuse University. and completed her internship at the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. An early advocate for public awareness and education about PMAD’s, Dr. Sanford served on the Boards of Postpartum Support International and Depression After Delivery in the early 90’s. She is an adjunct faculty member of St. Louis University’s School of Public Health and on the Medical Advisory Board of BabyCenter.com.

 


FRIDAY

BREAKOUT 1

Birthing while Black: Disparities in Maternal Mortality Rates among African American Women:
Shivonne Odom, M.Ed., LPC, NCC
Akoma Counseling Concepts, LLC

Shivonne Odom, LCPC, LPC, NCC holds several certifications and clinical licenses. She is licensed to practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington DC, a National Certified Counselor, a certified school counselor in Washington, DC and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland. Ms. Odom is a board Approved Clinical Supervisor by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. Ms. Odom is the therapist and owner of the only private practice in Washington DC that focuses on minority maternal mental health-Akoma Counseling Concepts, LLC,.  Ms. Odom specializes in maternal mental health counseling (Postpartum depression, fertility issues, miscarriage, and postpartum anxiety).   Ms. Odom has been featured on WJLA ABC7 Good Morning Washington, Washington DC’s Mayoral Maternal and Infant Health Summit and HuffPosts “10 Black Female Therapist’s You Should Know”.

Birthing While Black: Disparities in Maternal Mortality Rates among African American Women
Chinyere Eigege, M.S.W.
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Chinyere is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker certified by the state of Texas. She holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston where she is currently pursuing her doctorate degree. She is currently a second year student and is part of the research team for Dr. McClain Sampson in the Center for Latina Maternal Mental Health. Chinyere also works as a counseling clinician at MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Tobacco Treatment Program, providing behavioral interventions to cancer patients to assist with tobacco cessation and other difficulties coping with their diagnosis and treatment. Her treatment interests include mental illness, grief, anxiety, relationship issues, self-esteem/shame, and women’s issues. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator – Candidate. Chinyere is passionate about her work in providing a supportive environment to empower clients to heal and grow.

 

Healing the Traumatized Brain: EMDR and Brainspotting for Perinatal Trauma
Jana Glass, LPC, PMH-C
Supportive Solutions, LLC

Jana Glass is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, and Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider. She is Certified in Brainspotting and Level 2 Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Jana founded Supportive Solutions, LLC to support people managing mood disorders, substance abuse, trauma, infertility, and grief. Her special interests include Healing Trauma, Substance Abuse, and Perinatal Mental Health including infertility, miscarriage, difficult births, pre and postpartum depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorders. Jana is passionate about serving the Perinatal Mental Health Community in part due to her own challenges faced on her journey to motherhood.  She found her own personal healing through Brainspotting and wants educate others about this powerful approach.

 

Healing the Traumatized Brain: EMDR and Brainspotting for Perinatal Trauma:
Mara Tesler Stein, PsyD, PMH-C
PiPPC

Mara Tesler Stein, Psy.D, PMH-C, is a clinical psychologist in private practice specializing in the emotional aspects of perinatal trauma, maternal and infant mental health, relationship-based and developmentally supportive care to babies and their families. She presents internationally on these issues, consulting to health care providers and hospitals, guiding their efforts to improve the level of support and care to families. She is the co-author of Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child: The Emotional Journey (Fulcrum, 2004) & Intensive Parenting: Surviving the Journey Through the NICU (Fulcrum, 2013). Dr. Stein is certified in EMDR, is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and EMDRIA Approved Trainer for the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. She is also certified in Emotion-Focused Family & Couple Therapy, is a Gottman Certified Therapist, and has completed Level I training in Clinical Hypnosis. She brings a wealth of clinical experience and insights from couple and family work and her own perinatal experiences to her trainings.

 

PSI Chapters: Move Your State Forward!
Carrie Banks, M.S.
Postpartum Support International

Carrie Banks holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.S. in Parks Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University. She has over 15 years of experience in nonprofits, including 5 years as an executive director. After the birth of her first child, Carrie was diagnosed with postpartum depression, anxiety and OCD. Since making her recovery, Carrie has switched gears from environmental advocacy to perinatal mental health. She started out as a PSI volunteer in 2014; coordinating under-served areas in North Carolina.  She is also a founding board member of PSI-NC.  Carrie was hired by PSI in 2017 and she manages over 300 Support Coordinators in the USA and Canada.  She also manages the State Chapters program and PSI’s online support groups.  She lives in North Carolina, USA with her husband, 2 kiddos and a wild puppy.  Find her to learn about volunteering

 

Climb out of the Darkness: Shine a Light on Parental Mental Health with This Annual Event
Kat Schuknecht, B.A.
Postpartum Support International

Kat Schuknecht is the PSI Helpline Coordinator, PSI Lead Coordinator in Wisconsin, and part of PSI’s mentor program. She has lead Madison, WI’s Climb Out of the Darkness event four years in a row. In her spare time, Kat is Founder and Executive Director of Madison Area Parent Support (MAPS). Her organization’s mission is to provide direct support to families during the postpartum period and beyond, with a particular focus on parents struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). Kat has been providing peer support to mothers locally and nationally since 2014.

Climb out of the Darkness: Shine a Light on Parental Mental Health with This Annual Event
Emily Jankowski Newton
Postpartum Support International

Emily came into this line of work naturally, through a serotonin deficiency.  She then became a perinatal mental health advocate in her community by working with the Climb Out of the Darkness program.  She became an advocate for others. Now she runs the Climb Out of the Darkness program, which empowers families and providers to come together in a grassroots effort to raise money for local communities and build peer support networks across the globe.

 

Conversations that Count: Factoring in the Fathers
Daniel Singley, Ph.D.
The Center for Men’s Excellence

Dr. Singley is a San Diego-based board certified psychologist and Director of The Center for Men’s Excellence. His research and practice focus on men’s mental health, reproductive psychology, and the transition to fatherhood. He is Past President of the American Psychological Association’s Section on Positive Psychology and currently serves on the Board of the APA’s Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities as well as Postpartum Support International. He conducts trainings and presentations around the country to enhance father inclusiveness and founded the grant-funded Basic Training for New Dads, Inc nonprofit and Padre Cadre social networking application just for dads in order to give new fathers the tools they need to be highly engaged with their infants as well as their partners. In his free time, Dr. Singley likes to cook, surf, read, and take his two sons on hikes to get muddy and throw rocks at things.

 

Conversations that Count: Factoring in the Fathers
Jane Honikman, M.S.
Postpartum Action Institute

Born and raised in Palo Alto, California. She moved to Santa Barbara in 1970 and began her career in maternal mental health in 1977 when she co-founded Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP). In 1981 Jane received a grant from the American Association of University Women to study the Growth and Dynamics of Postpartum Support Groups. She became the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Birth Resource Center in 1984. In 1987 she founded Postpartum Support International (PSI) after organizing a conference on Women’s Mental Health Following Childbirth. She was elected PSI’s first President in 1989 and operated the organization from her home until 2004.  Jane has authored many articles and educational materials on postpartum issues and how to start community support networks. Her books are: Community Support for New Families, I’m Listening, My Diary A Postpartum Journey from Pain to Purpose, and Postpartum Action Manual.  In 2012 I’m Listening was adapted by the humanitarian organization CARE as a Facilitator’s Training Guide for use in Bangladesh. It has also been translated into Chinese and Hebrew. Her expertise is based upon her struggles as a new mother. Her most recent endeavor is the Postpartum Action Institute.

 

 


BREAKOUT 2

Dad Hurts too: Enhancing Cultural Competence in Clinical Work with Father’s Impacted by Perinatal Loss & Grief
Chuck Schaeffer, Ph.D.
New York University

Dr. Charles Schaeffer is a New York based licensed psychologist who serves as clinical faculty at New York University and operates a thriving private practice in the East & West Village of NYC. His research and practice is centered on work-life balance and parental mental health particularly in the transition to parenthood among men and women. He has served multiple institutes and organizations, including the Seleni Institute, Motherhood Center of NY, and New York University, by developing and delivering fatherhood programming, content, interventions, and training. Dr. Schaeffer conducts trainings and consults internationally to clinicians and organizations who aim to increase their father inclusiveness and cultural competency in working with diverse fathers and families.

 

When RARE Happens: Complex Cases & supporting the therapists who care for them
Joanna Cole, Ph.D., PMH-C
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Joanna CM Cole is a clinical psychologist and manager of psychosocial services in the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She assesses families’ coping mechanisms and chronic life stressors to identify how the news of a fetal diagnosis might intensify symptoms of psychological distress. Dr. Cole counsels individuals and couples on effective coping strategies, communication and emotional preparation for different stages in the maternal and neonatal medical experience.

 

When RARE Happens: Complex Cases & supporting the therapists who care for them
Dvora Entin, LCSW, MSW
Jewish Family and Children’s Service

Dvora Entin, LCSW developed and directs JFCS Ma’oz in Philadelphia, a unique initiative to engage the Orthodox community on mental health issues. With specialized training in maternal mental health and perinatal death, Dvora moderates the Pregnancy Loss phone support calls for K’nafayim, and for Yesh Tikvah on infertility and consults with both organizations. In 2017, her BLOOM program to engage the Orthodox Jewish community on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders won the Perinatal Mental Health Society Innovation award. Dvora has a private practice and  presents nationally about perinatal loss, infertility and compassionate bereavement.

 

 

Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota’s Helpline and Peer Support Model
Allison Peterson, M.A.
Mindful Families

Allison Peterson, MA, LP, is a licensed psychologist and owner of Mindful Families, a mental health clinic that specializes in perinatal mental health. Allison has been involved in the pregnancy and postpartum community since 2013 as a member of Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota (PPSM), the PPSM Helpline Director and a steering committee member. She has worked in the mental health field for nearly two decades in a variety settings, including residential treatment, day treatment, in-home therapy and outpatient practice. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and clinical hypnosis. She obtained her master’s degree in counseling psychology from University of St.Thomas and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Viterbo University.

 

Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota’s Helpline and Peer Support Model
Crystal Clancy, M.A., PMH-C
Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota

Crystal Clancy is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and owns a group private practice in Burnsville, MN specializing in perinatal mental health, infertility, pregnancy complications, loss, attachment, and trauma. Exploring this specialty came out of her personal struggles with both infertility and postpartum depression. She received her PSI Perinatal Mental Health Certification in December of 2018. She is also certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Aromatherapy. She is a founding member, and Director, of Pregnancy and Postpartum Support MN (2006), which became the 5th state chapter in the US of Postpartum Support International (2016). She has been a regular speaker at local and national conferences. Crystal is married and has two kiddos, who are 16 and 13.

 

Supporting The Highly Sensitive New Parent
Katayune Kaeni, PsyD, PMH-C
Private Practice

Katayune Kaeni, Psy.D. PMH-C, is a psychologist certified in perinatal mental health and the creator and host of the Mom & Mind Podcast. She was drawn to this specialty after going through Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety and Postpartum OCD with her first child.  Dr. Kat supports mothers and families in her private practice in Southern California. She is a board member of and trainer for Postpartum Support International. Dr. Kat also conducts training and education in perinatal mental health in her local community.

 

The Epidemic Rocks the Cradle: Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy and Postpartum
Neeta Shenai, M.D.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Neeta Shenai completed her residency training and consultation-liaison psychiatry fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Western Psychiatric Hospital. She is a graduate of the women’s area of concentration and currently is one of the faculty co-directors.  Following training, she joined faculty on the consultation-liaison psychiatry service where she serves as the medical student site director. Additionally, she provides outpatient treatment of perinatal/postpartum substance use disorders.

 

The Epidemic Rocks the Cradle: Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy and Postpartum
Robin Valpey, M.D.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic

Dr. Valpey completed her adult psychiatric residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Western Psychiatric Hospital, where she is a graduate of the women’s area of concentration. She then completed a Consult-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship also through UPMC, where she then stayed on as faculty in the fields of psycho-oncology, eating disorders and addiction. She continues to focus on the psychiatric care of women, with interests in co-morbid addiction/eating disorders and sexual health.

 

The Epidemic Rocks the Cradle: Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy and Postpartum
Erin Smith, M.D.
The University of BC, Dept of Psychiatry

Dr. Erin Smith is a consulting psychiatrist with BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. She completed her residency in general adult psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) as well as an addiction psychiatry fellowship, also with UPMC. Outside of clinical work, she is also a motivational interviewing trainer (MINT, 2015) and teaches workshops and lectures in Vancouver and surrounding parts of the province.

 

 


BREAKOUT 3

Addressing Racial Microaggressions in Perinatal Group Settings
Divya Kumar, M.Sc.
Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center

Divya Kumar is a South Asian American woman whose work connects perinatal support with public health by addressing unmet needs in the structure and delivery of perinatal support services. She is one of the Co-Founders of the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for Women of Color, a program within Postpartum Support International. In 2013, she helped create a postpartum depression prevention pilot program in four community health centers in Massachusetts and provided comprehensive perinatal support at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center for the duration of the pilot program. She is a Commissioner on the Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression in Massachusetts and also a Co-Founder of the Every Mother Project, an organization that provides training and support for women’s health professionals around addressing perinatal emotional complications. A writer and a truth-teller, Divya brings a fresh voice, compassion, and humor to her work with new families.

 

Addressing Racial Microaggressions in Perinatal Group Settings
LaShonta Edwards, B.S.
A Mother’s Sanctuary

LaShonta Edwards is the culmination of a strong Chicago foundation, determination and most importantly, faith. She is an example of what brains, persistence, entrepreneurial spirit mixed with a warrior mentality can accomplish. As she learned about Postpartum Depression (PPD) she realized there are few resources available   women. In many cases, people do not believe the condition is real. The lack of resources led her to organize A Mother’s Sanctuary (AMS), a 501 (C) (3) organization, 2014. AMS is designed to educate the world and expecting mothers that Maternal Mental Health is real and how to recognize the symptoms. AMS also works to fulfill the vacuum in hospitals and clinics specializing in women’s care. In addition to education, she offers care through her services as a Labor and Postpartum Doula. Witnessing the disparaging treatment of mental health patients motivated her to fight back providing Mental Health First Aid Certification training with the hopes of ending unnecessary abuse at the hands of public safety and others in the community. Educator, Advocate,Doula, Author, …Mother. Her greatest achievement yet. She is raising three wonderful children in her home in Spring, Texas.

 

Dialectic Behavioral Skills in the Treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Liza Mordkovich, LCSW
Private Practice

Liza Mordkovich in a Licensed Art Therapist, Licensed Social Worker, and Coach. Ms. Mordkovich specializes in the treatment of adults with Anxiety Disorders and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Ms. Mordkovich is experienced in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. She has  a Private Practice located in New York City and supports NYC based PSI callers.

 

Differentiating Postpartum Psychosis from OCD and Intrusive Thoughts: Implications for Treatment and Mother-Infant Relationships
Celeste St. John-Larkin, M.D.
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Children’S Hospital Celeste St.John-Larkin, MD is The Anschutz Chair in Perinatal Mental Health and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is the medical director for the Healthy Expectations Perinatal Mental Health Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado. In addition, she has provided integrated mental health services to patients in Obstetric practices with a multidisciplinary team, including for teen and young adult mothers. She also provides services to children and adolescents in the outpatient clinic at the Pediatric Mental Health Institute, and works in Project CLIMB, as a consultant and preceptor for pediatric residents in the Child Health Clinic. Dr. St. John-Larkin received a bachelor’s degree in history from Northwestern University and her medical degree from Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in adult psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Colorado.

 

Differentiating Postpartum Psychosis from OCD and Intrusive Thoughts: Implications for Treatment and Mother-Infant Relationships
Jennifer Paul, PhD
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Jennifer J. Paul, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Training Director of the Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Paul is a licensed clinical psychologist who is the Clinical Director of the Healthy Expectations Perinatal Mental Health Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado, which provides psychiatric evaluation and group therapeutic support for mothers experiencing pregnancy-related depression and/or anxiety and their babies. Additionally, Dr. Paul provides outpatient therapeutic services as an infant and early childhood mental health specialist through Children’s Hospital Colorado to children ages birth through 5 years old and their families, and functions as an integrated perinatal mental health clinician in WIC through the Warm Connections program. She is also a member of Kempe’s State And Regional Team (START) of expert consultants,  Kempe’s START program, offering consultation around complex cases to CPS and other community stakeholders. Historically, Dr. Paul has been the Director of Infant Mental Health services at the Haven Mother’s House and Baby Haven, serving women and their babies in residential treatment supporting recovery from substance abuse, Clinical Coordinator for the Kempe Therapeutic Preschool, and Director of the Kempe Consultative And Reflective Educational Support (CARES) for Child Care program.

 

Differentiating Postpartum Psychosis from OCD and Intrusive Thoughts: Implications for Treatment and Mother-Infant Relationships
Shaleah Dardar, MD, MSW

Shaleah Dardar is a psychiatrist from Louisiana. She graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2005. She continued her education at Tulane University Medical School and obtained her Masters of Social Work degree from Tulane School of Social Work between her third and fourth year of medical school in New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed a five-year residency in “Triple Board” (Adult Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry, and Pediatrics) in 2015 at Tulane University School of Medicine. She relocated to Colorado to become a Harris Infant Mental Health fellow secondary to her growing interest during residency in working with very young children and their families and completed the fellowship in 2016. After the completion of her training, Dr. Dardar joined the faculty at the University of Colorado Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department where she serves as an assistant professor. She works clinically in the child and adolescent outpatient clinic and the Healthy Expectations Perinatal Mental Health Program at the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Dardar also supervises residents in the Young Child Clinic at the University of Colorado Hospital. She maintains her interest in pediatrics and provides integrated care through Project CLIMB in the Child Health Clinic and Healthy Steps, consulting on patients and teaching pediatric residency trainees and students.

 

Supporting LGBQ/T Families: Moving from Tolerance to Cultural Humility
Rachel Hess, M.S.
Self-Employed

Rachel Hess is a CAPPA Trained Postpartum Doula. She supports new families in the greater Boston area as a postpartum doula and running parent support groups.  She is a contributor toRound the Circle, with her piece “Supporting LGBTQ Families: Tips for Doulas.” She has presented on LGBQ/T families for the Partners in Perinatal Health Conference and for the Boston Association of Childbirth Educators. She previously worked supporting new families at Isis Parenting and Mama and Me as an instructor and at ReadBoston as a literacy coach. In addition, she worked as a training coordinator for Samaritans, a suicide prevention non-profit. Rachel received her Master’s Degree in Language and Literacy Studies from Wheelock College and her bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies with a minor in Gender and Women’s studies from Oberlin College. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her wife and two daughters.

 

What perinatal clients have to say about eye movement modalities: EMDR, ART & Brainspotting
Crystal Clancy, M.A., PMH-C
Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota

Crystal Clancy is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and owns a group private practice in Burnsville, MN (Iris Reproductive Mental Health) specializing in perinatal mental health, including infertility, pregnancy complications, loss, attachment, and trauma. Exploring this specialty came out of her personal struggles with both infertility and postpartum depression. She is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Perinatal Mental Health through PSI & Aromatherapy. She is a founding member, and Director, of Pregnancy and Postpartum Support MN (2006), which was the 5th PSI state chapter. She has been a regular speaker at local and national conferences. Crystal is married and has two kiddos, who are 16 and 13.

What perinatal clients have to say about eye movement modalities: EMDR, ART & Brainspotting
Lauren Robbins, MS, LPCC, LADC, PMH-C
Wild Tree Psychotherapy

Lauren Robbins, MS, LPCC, LADC, PMH-C is the Clinical Director and owner at Wild Tree Psychotherapy, LLC in St. Paul and White Bear Lake, MN. Her professional practice focuses on trauma and perinatal mental health. Lauren has been in clinical practice, first within the substance abuse treatment realm and then in mental health for over nine years. She is a clinical supervisor in the state of Minnesota with the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy, and she currently serves on the Steering Committee for Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota/PSI-MN as the Volunteer Services Director. Lauren also a mother to four young children.

 

Using DBT in Healing Mothers Attachment Wounds: Motherhood as a Developmental Stage
Lindsey Henke, MSW, LICSW
Pregnancy and Postpartum Counseling Center Minneapolis – PHA

Lindsey M. Henke MSW, LICSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Mental Health Therapist. Her areas of focus include maternal mental health, grief loss, and trauma, as well as specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Integrative and Complementary Healing Practices. Lindsey has had the honor of presenting at Beyond the Baby Blues 2015 Conference, 2020 Mom’s Maternal Mental Health Forum, Pregnancy and Infant Death Alliance 2016 Conference, Minnesota Psychological Association’s First Friday Forum, International Women’s Maternal Mental Health Conference.

 

Using DBT in Healing Mothers Attachment Wounds: Motherhood as a Developmental Stage
Krista Post, M.A.
The Postpartum Counseling Center

Krista Post is a licensed psychologist, owner & clinical director of The Postpartum Counseling Center, located in the Minneapolis-St.Paul area. Her clinic has 8 locations around the metro area, where she actively trains & consults with new & seasoned therapists around maternal & reproductive mental health. She is a founding member and past director of Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Minnesota (PPSM), a local chapter of PSI. Krista is a regular presenter at The Beyond the Baby Blues conference & the Resolve Family Building conference held annually in Minneapolis-StPaul. And has acted as an expert witness in defense of postpartum mothers facing criminal charges. She is passionate about issues affecting women across the lifespan.

 


BREAKOUT 4

Healing Birth Trauma
Lorissa Eichenberger, M.A., LMFT, PMH-C
The Center for Postpartum Family Health

Lorissa received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2010. A self-described “birth nerd,” she began her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her first of four children. This experience led her to seek out resources in her community for new moms, but found very little access to professionals with perinatal mental health experience. Lorissa became motivated to educate herself and find other professionals in women’s mental health and childbirth, so she joined local birth support groups and attended trainings for doula care, lactation support, and perinatal mental health. Lorissa has presented her findings and birth trauma group therapy model in multiple professional conferences in hopes of providing a framework for other perinatal professionals to better support birth mothers and their partners. Her areas of special interest include but are not limited to birth trauma, postpartum depression and anxiety, couples therapy, and partner/support psycho-education.


Healing Birth Trauma
Krysta Dancy, MA, MFT, CLD(CBI)
Birth & Trauma Support Center, The Place Within Nonprofit Counseling Center
Krysta Dancy, MA, MFT, CLD(CBI), Evidence Based Birth ® Instructor

Krysta is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Roseville, CA where she has specialized in trauma and perinatal mental health for over 15 years. She also serves as Co-Director and Clinical Supervisor at The Place Within Counseling Center (a nonprofit that makes counseling affordable for those who may not otherwise have access.) Krysta founded The Birth & Trauma Support Center- a nation-wide organization dedicated to providing trauma-informed resources, training and support to both providers and families.  As a certified birth doula (CBI), an Evidence Based Birth® instructor, and long time friend to the birth community, she has had the opportunity to intimately experience the birth process and its many complexities. Her warmth, passion, expertise and background in professional public speaking combine to make her workshops both informative and meaningful.

 

Beyond Maternal Postpartum Depression: Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Men and Non-Birth Partners
Sam Stevens, M.S., LMFT
Private Practice

Sam Stevens is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Portland, OR with a focus on new fathers and couples with young children. Sam has led new fathers’ groups since 2010 and previously taught birth preparation classes for soon-to-be parents. He has spoken at conferences and lead training for both professionals and the community on postpartum mood disorders in men, adjustment to fatherhood, parenting, and early child development.  He also is a volunteer with Baby Blues Connection.

 

Black, Spiritual and Infertile: The Psycho-Emotional Impact of the Motherhood Mandate in Infertile Black Women
Kristy Christopher-Holloway, PHD, LPC, NCC, DCC, ACS, PMH-C
Lindsey Wilson College & New Vision Counseling Center

Dr. Kristy Christopher-Holloway is an assistant professor and the Founder and Director of New Vision Counseling Center, LLC, a private practice in Douglasville, GA. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).  Dr. Christopher-Holloway earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University-Shreveport, her Master of Science degree from Georgia State University, and her Doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University-Atlanta. Her current clinical focus involves working with minority women experiencing infertility trauma, birth trauma, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and pregnancy and infant loss. Dr. Christopher-Holloway has presented locally, nationally, and internationally with focuses on African Americans and mental health, the psycho-emotional impact of infertility in African American women, addressing religion and spirituality in the counseling session,  multicultural competence,  the impact of generational trauma on mental health, and more.

 

PMADs and the Department of Corrections: When Work and Motherhood Create the Perfect Storm
Rebecca Feldman, CNM, PMHNP
The Zucker Hillside Hospital

Rebecca Feldman is a nurse-midwife and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, who specializes in the treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. She is a member of the perinatal psychiatry team at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Queens, New York, where she focuses on medication management for preconception, pregnant and postpartum clients. She also sees client in private practice in Brooklyn, New York. As a midwife, she found mental health to be the most overlooked and inaccessible area of women’s health, and worked with the Department of Health and Greater New York Hospital Association to create a maternal mental health program at Woodhull Medical Center. She has been a guest speaker on the topic of maternal mental health at New York University, Columbia University, 1199 Health Care Worker’s Union, and Northwell Health. Her passion is to make mental health care accessible, affordable and excellent for all families in need.


Treatment Considerations for PMADs and Substance Use Disorders: Management of Complex Psychopharmacology and the Important Role of the Mental Health Provider
Jessica Cosgrove, MD
Northwell Zucker Hillside

Dr. Cosgrove is currently a PGY-4 Adult Psychiatry resident at Northwell Health, Zucker Hillside Hospital and serves as a Chief Resident of Inpatient Services. Dr. Cosgrove received her BA from Loyola University New Orleans, Magna cum Lade, her Master’s of Science in Pharmacology from Tulane University, and then attended medical school at Touro University California. Dr. Cosgrove has been specializing in perinatal psychiatry through her residency program’s “Perinatal Pathway” and plans on continuing to work with the perinatal population throughout her career.

 

Treatment Considerations for PMADs and Substance Use Disorders: Management of Complex Psychopharmacology and the Important Role of the Mental Health Provider
Amanda Tinkelman, M.D., PMH-C
FIMR/Zucker Hillside Hospital/Hofstra North Shore-LIJ

Dr. Tinkelman, previously the Medical Director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program at the Zucker Hillside Hospital, leads the Perinatal training pathways for the Northwell Health, Zucker Hillside Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. Dr. Tinkelman currently treats perinatal patients at Zucker Hillside’s ambulatory clinic and serves as the Medical Director of Community Counseling Services of West Nassau, a substance abuse clinic. She received her BA from NYU, Magna cum Laude, and graduated from University of Illinois Medical School.  She was Chief Resident at the Hofstra NSLIJ School of Medicine, receiving Resident of the Year award and is currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.

 


SATURDAY

BREAKOUT 5

It takes a Village – Community-Based Postpartum Support Model for All Families
Melenie Duval, B.A.
Tree of Life Doula Care

Melenie has more than 20 years of experience in the field of breastfeeding. In fact, many in the local childbirth community call her the “breast whisperer!” She brings passion, wisdom, and loving care to every family she serves. Melenie received her Advanced Lactation Consultant certification in the fall of 2017. Before that, she maintained her Certified Lactation Counselor accreditation while working at the Gallatin City-County Health Department as the Lactation Education Program Coordinator, a program she developed from the ground up. She takes pride in helping families successfully nurture their babies in a way that best supports their goals and desires.

 

It takes a Village – Community-Based Postpartum Support Model for All Families
Mollie Hartford, C.B.E.
It Takes a Village

Mollie Hartford is the Executive Director and Home Visit Program Director for It Takes a Village, a nonprofit organization in Western Massachusetts. She is also a certified Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Educator, and a peer-lead group facilitator. She is a mother of two boys, and enjoys finishing other people’s knitting projects.

 

From Surviving to Thriving: Healing the Embodied Brain in NICU Families
Fawn McCool, LCSW
Portland Mental Health and Counseling

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Portland, Oregon, Fawn received her Masters of Social Work degree at California State University, Los Angeles in 2006. Her professional credentials include certification in Interpersonal Neurobiology through Portland State University.  She has worked in a variety of settings providing skilled trauma-informed services to families, women and children. She currently offers trauma informed clinical services for women and parents. Fawn sits on the board of  NICU Families Northwest as well as volunteers with Baby Blues Connection. Fawn teaches at Portland Community College’s CLIMB center. 6 years ago Fawn gave birth to her “why”, the most perfect 2lb, 2 oz little girl named Ayla. After spending 2 months in the NICU and years battling PTSD after discharge, Fawn vowed to use her voice in advocacy for better access to mental health services for NICU families.

 

Keeping Families together: Tools for Supporting Parents with Mental Illness in Cases of Child Welfare Involvement
Yardana Kaufman, M.D.
FIMR/Zucker Hillside Hospital/Hofstra North Shore-LIJ

After graduating cum laude with a B.A in Biochemistry from Barnard College, Columbia University, she received her M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. As a medical student, she designed the educational curriculum for a group prenatal care program for underserved adolescents at a community health center based on the Centering Pregnancy model. After completing an internship in family medicine at Brown University, she decided that she wanted to pursue psychiatry. She subsequently engaged in perinatal psychiatry research at Brown University investigating yoga and exercise as interventions for treating perinatal depression. As part of this study, she led wellness workshops for pregnant women suffering from depression. She is currently a Resident Psychiatrist at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the Zucker Hillside Hospital, where she works in the Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic. Her main area of clinical interest is women’s mental health and reproductive psychiatry.

 

Keeping Families together: Tools for Supporting Parents with Mental Illness in Cases of Child Welfare Involvement
Sarah Reinstein, M.D.
Northwell Health System

Sarah Reinstein, MD is a psychiatry attending at the Zucker Hillside Hospital of the Northwell Health System on the Perinatal Unit. Her clinical interests include reproductive psychiatry and family therapy, with a specific focus on maternal mental health. Dr. Reinstein completed her Adult Psychiatry Residency Training at the Montefiore Hospital/Albert Einstein College of Medicine after graduating from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yeshiva University with a B.A. in Biology.

 

Keeping Families together: Tools for Supporting Parents with Mental Illness in Cases of Child Welfare Involvement
Nafisa Reza, M.D.
Zucker Hillside Hospital

Nafisa Reza is a Chief Resident in the general adult psychiatry residency at the Zucker Hillside Hospital, affiliated with Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Prior to residency, she completed an accelerated B.S./ M.D. program through the University of Akron, receiving her medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University.  Throughout residency, she has cared for patients in the OCD and the Perinatal Psychiatry Adult Outpatient Clinics. She recently published a review article on complementary health approaches for treating perinatal depression, including nutraceuticals. She is passionate about medical education, and won the Bruce R. Levy Psychiatric Educator Award.  She will be starting a Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship at Stanford University in July 2019. Her main area of clinical interests are women’s mental health and OCD.

 

Keeping Families together: Tools for Supporting Parents with Mental Illness in Cases of Child Welfare Involvement
Christy Duan, M.D.
Zucker Hillside Hospital / Northwell Health System

Christy Duan, M.D. is a psychiatry resident doctor at Zucker Hillside Hospital and a member of the Perinatal Psychiatry Service. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2016 and University of Michigan in 2012. Academically, she’s published on brain imaging and perinatal mental health. She’s also an award-winning writer with publications in STAT, KevinMD.com, The Detroit Free Press, Quartz, MedPage Today. For more, go to www.christyduan.com or follow her on Twitter @christyduan.

 

The Correlation of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction to Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Interventions for Practice
Nicole Walters, APRN,CLC,D.Sc.,NP,RN
Carilion

Dr. Walters is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Midwife specializing in the treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. She is the owner of Grit & Grace Women’s Care, a multi-state clinic, as well as an instructor and consultant.

 

The Hormone Factor: Identifying & Navigating the Pms-Pmad-Perimenopause Connection
Christina Hibbert, Psy.D.
Private Practice

Christina G. Hibbert, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and thought leader specializing in maternal mental health, grief/loss, parenting, self-worth, & personal growth for over 16 years. She is a popular speaker and bestselling author of This is How We Grow, Who Am I Without You, 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise, and Mastery Of Motherhood (forthcoming). Dr. Hibbert is the producer of the internationally-sold DVD, Postpartum Couples, creator/host of “Motherhood” Radio/TV podcast, founder of the Arizona Postpartum Wellness Coalition (now PSI-AZ Chapter), a past PSI-board member, and expert witness in maternal mental health and grief/loss. Mostly, “Christi” is a wife of 24 years and mom of 6 (ages 11-22), who was named AZ’s “Mother of the Year” 2018. She and her family live in Flagstaff, AZ, where she enjoys “alone time,” singing/songwriting, naps, and dark chocolate. Visit Dr. Hibbert’s award-winning blog and website, www.DrChristinaHibbert.com, for resources, courses, books, and more.

 

The Hormone Factor: Identifying & Navigating the Pms-Pmad-Perimenopause Connection
Jennifer Moyer, BS

Jennifer Hentz Moyer, BS is the author of the book, A Mother’s Climb Out of Darkness: A Story About Overcoming Postpartum Psychosis.  She is an advocate increasing awareness, education and support of mental health related to childbearing.  Jennifer is a trainer for leadership and advocacy in mental health.  She has experience as a postpartum support and education consultant, as a postpartum doula and a volunteer coordinator for Postpartum Support International.   Jennifer has over 18 years of experience in the area of mental health and has been advocating in the area of perinatal mental health for over 14 years.  Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing with over fifteen years of professional experience primarily within the healthcare industry.  You can learn more about her at www.jenniferhmoyer.com

 


 

BREAKOUT 6

 

Boots and Babies: Challenges of motherhood in active duty military and veteran mothers effecting pre- and postnatal mental health
Melinda Thiam, M.D.
Future Psyc Solutions

Dr. Melinda Thiam is a retired military psychiatrist with a passion for working with perinatal population–especially with active duty military, veteran and military retiree families. She currently works in private practice at Future Psych Solutions with Dr. Don DuBose where she specializes in innovative and interventional psychiatry for perinatal patient and patients with treatment resistant depression.  She also serves as an associate professor at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine where she has mentored and medical students when they have decided to pursue psychiatry for medical specialty.  She served 14 year on active duty, first entering medical field as military pediatrician followed by quickly transitioning to military psychiatry. She has had honor of presenting on perinatal mental health in various settings.  She helped author/edit manuscript on Perinatal Mental Health and the Military Family; Identifying Mood and Anxiety Disorders which was published by Routledge  in Feb, 2017.

 

Boots and Babies: Challenges of motherhood in active duty military and veteran mothers effecting pre- and postnatal mental health
Karen Weis, Ph.D.,RN
University of the Incarnate Word

Dr. Weis is Professor and Endowed Chair of Nursing at the University of the Incarnate Word where she leads a program of research in maternal adaptation to pregnancy/motherhood and guides scholarship efforts for faculty and students. She teaches within the graduate programs research and evidence-based practice courses. Her nursing career expands over thirty years with primary focus in the areas of prenatal health and high-risk obstetrics. She holds specialty certification in inpatient and high-risk obstetrics. She has been the primary investigator for over $5.5M+ in funded research and has published primarily in the field of prenatal maternal psychosocial health. She co-authored the 3rd edition of the Psychosocial Adaptation to Pregnancy: Seven Dimensions of Maternal Role Development.

 

Delivering Perinatal Psychiatric Care: Models in Their Infancy
Christina Wichman, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin

Dr. Christina L. Wichman is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). She is the Director of Women’s Mental Health and has a subspecialty area of expertise in women’s mental health, specifically within the area of psychopharmacology during pregnancy and lactation. Additionally, Dr. Wichman is the Medical Director of The Periscope Project, a free resource for health care providers treating pregnant and postpartum women with mental health and substance use needs.

 

Delivering Perinatal Psychiatric Care: Models in Their Infancy
Audrey Laszewski, MS
The Periscope Project

Audrey Laszewski, MS provides project management services to non-profit organizations, with a focus on development, implementation and analysis of outcome measurement systems and program implementation. Her current work is with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) where she serves as the Program Administrator for The Periscope Project, a free resource for health care providers caring for pregnant and postpartum women who are struggling with mental health or substance use disorders.  She provides coordination and management services to this project and serves as the liaison for providers, community stakeholders and MCW. Her previous work includes project management services to The Early Home Visitation Outcomes Project of WI from 2001-2016, successfully utilizing Advisory and Implementation Teams to guide project success and ensure stakeholder collaboration. She has been the project lead on the several funded research projects taking initial concept to full implementation. As a member of ZERO TO THREE Academy of Fellows, she brings a wealth of experience to program operations and a commitment to give babies the best possible start in life.

 

I’m Not a Mental Health Professional: How Can I Help?
Kat Schuknecht, B.A.
Postpartum Support International

Kat Schuknecht is the PSI Helpline Coordinator, PSI Lead Coordinator in Wisconsin, and part of PSI’s mentor program. In her spare time, Kat is an antepartum & postpartum doula and is Founder and Executive Director of Madison Area Parent Support (MAPS). Her organization’s mission is to provide direct support to families during the postpartum period and beyond, with a particular focus on parents struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs).

 

I’m Not a Mental Health Professional: How Can I Help?
Ann Jamison, M.S.
Edgewood College; Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program

For the past six years, I have worked in mental health in various capacities, including advocacy and peer counseling in the area of maternal mental health. In 2013, I founded Dane County Perinatal Network, which has since folded into Madison Postpartum Collective. In 2016 I received my master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Edgewood College. I am currently the Clinical Specialist at Edgewood College’s teaching clinic, The Family Center, and an adjunct faculty member in the marriage and family therapy graduate program. I see clients in my private practice, where I focus on working with individuals and families in the perinatal and early parenting period. I am a member of Madison Postpartum Collective and Postpartum Support International. My family and I have lived in Madison for the past eight years. We can often be found exploring Wisconsin’s beautiful state parks. I also liked to spend my time knitting, weightlifting, reading, forming intense opinions about superhero movies, and volunteering.

 

Maternal Mental Health and Infant Mental Health: What Clinicians Should Know
Amy Green, LCSW
Ready Nest Counseling

Amy Green is a social worker and yoga teacher located in Nashville, TN.  She is the founder and executive director of The Rooted Bridge, a nonprofit organization concerned with increasing access & affordability to mental health support for parents to be & parents across the Southeast region.  Amy has over ten years of experience working with children and families, as well as specializing in trauma and trauma informed care.  Amy is an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee Masters of Social Work program.

 

Maternal Mental Health and Infant Mental Health: What Clinicians Should Know
Joy Couvillion Louis, LCSW-BACS, PMH-C
Joyful Thoughts, LLC.

Joy Couvillion Louis, LCSW-BACS, PMH-C, has been a Social Worker in New Orleans since graduating with her MSW from Tulane School of Social Work in 2000. She has worked with vulnerable populations involving children and families.  Ms. Louis completed a Fellowship in Infant Mental Health from the Tulane Department of Psychiatry and has a current Perinatal Mental Health Certificate from PSI.  Ms. Louis worked most recently as an Infant Mental Health Specialist for Tulane”s TBEARS program.  She currently serves families in her private practice Joyful Thoughts, LLC.

 

Maternal Mental Health and Infant Mental Health: What Clinicians Should Know
Anna Breuer, Psy.D.
Tulane University

Anna holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University in Southern California.  Anna received infant mental health training at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, and most recently as a postdoctoral fellow at the Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Anna is dedicated to helping babies and parents form secure attachment relationships, even in the midst of difficult life circumstances. She firmly believes in the power of positive relationships to promote healing across the lifespan. Anna has worked with parents in recovery and their babies at The Haven Mother’s House in Denver, Colorado and at other programs to help create safe and stable family relationships. She also worked at the Tulane Infant Team with young children in foster care and their parents to promote family reunification.  She currently works as and Infant Mental Health Clinician at Mental Health Center of Denver.

 

Treating Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnant and Postpartum Women
Amelia Wendt, MD
University of Minnesota / VAMC

Dr. Amelia Wendt is a first year psychiatry resident at the University of Minnesota. Her specific interest within psychiatry is women’s mental health. Dr. Wendt completed medical school and her first year of residency at the University of Minnesota and will complete the remainder of her residency at the University of Washington.

 

Treating Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnant and Postpartum Women
Cresta Jones, MD
The University of Minnesota

Dr. Cresta Jones is an assistant professor of maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Her clinic work focuses on substance use disorders in pregnancy and the postpartum period. She attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed both her residency in obstetrics and gynecology and fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She currently serves as the physician lead in an inpatient program for substance use disorders in pregnancy in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

Utilizing Mind-Body Integrative Trauma Therapies to Heal Traumatic Birth and Other Perinatal Experiences
Heidi Koss, MA, LMHC
Private Practice

Heidi Koss, MA, LMHC, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Redmond, WA. She specializes in perinatal  mood disorders, birth trauma, and parent adjustment issues. Heidi was the WA State Coordinator for PSI over a decade, and has served 22+ years with Perinatal Support Washington.  She leads monthly clinical consult groups mentoring mental health care providers to develop their competency and expertise in perinatal mental health issues. Prior, Heidi was a Postpartum Doula and Certified Lactation Educator for 12 years.

 

Utilizing Mind-Body Integrative Trauma Therapies to Heal Traumatic Birth and Other Perinatal Experiences
Andrea Schneider, MSW, LCSW
Private Practice

Andrea Schneider, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Southern California, addressing women’s reproductive mental health and trauma recovery. She is also a 12-year volunteer with Postpartum Support International as a Southern California Co-Coordinator and a survivor of perinatal depression. Andrea has presented three times at PSI conferences (2009 – Los Angeles, 2011 – Seattle, 2016- San Diego), and enjoys contributing to the growing body of knowledge in serving moms impacted by PMADs. Over the last decade, Andrea has also provided many workshops for local medical organizations and non-profits in order to help train medical and clinical practitioners to better understand and serve those impacted by PMADs. Andrea also holds a Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Certification from Cathy Malchiodi, ATR’s Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute. She is Basic-Trained in EMDR by The EMDR Institute and will be a certified EMDR practitioner in 2019.

 


BREAKOUT 7

 

Applying Dialectical Behavior Therapy with PMADS in an Inpatient Setting
Kalli Feldman, Ph.D.
Northwell Health

Dr. Kalli Feldman, Ph.D, is the licensed clinical psychologist on the women’s inpatient psychiatric unit at Zucker Hillside Hospital-Northwell Health. Dr. Feldman supervises and coordinates the inpatient psychology team and the inpatient perinatal group therapy program. She completed her graduate training at the New School for Social Research and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a research background in culture and mental health, racial identity development, and transracial adoption. Dr. Feldman is trained in working with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and completed a post-graduate training program in parent-infant mental health with a focus on attachment and trauma.

 

Applying Dialectical Behavior Therapy with PMADS in an Inpatient Setting
Samantha Maresca, M.A.
Northwell – Zucker Hillside Hospital

Samantha Maresca, MA is a mental health counselor working as an activity specialist within the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Department on the women’s inpatient psychiatric unit at Northwell Health-Zucker Hillside Hospital. Samantha provides crisis intervention, group counseling, and individual therapy through a recovery-based model. She completed her graduate training at New York University and received her master’s degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness. Samantha is trained in DBT Intensive Therapy and runs psychiatric inpatient skills and generalization groups. She has worked with diverse populations and ages and has experience treating a multitude of mental health disorders, including trauma, autism, mood and personality disorders and an increased focus on working with patients diagnosed with perinatal disorders.

 

Applying Dialectical Behavior Therapy with PMADS in an Inpatient Setting
Christina Colon, M.S.
Zucker Hillside Hospital

Christina Colon, MS is a mental health counselor employed as an activities specialist in the department of psychiatric rehabilitation on the women’s/ perinatal inpatient psychiatric unit at Zucker Hillside Hospital- Northwell Health. Ms. Colon currently facilitates daily group therapy sessions focusing on various topics including cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, psychoeducation, relapse prevention, healthy living, goal setting, symptom/stress management, and transition planning. Ms. Colon also assists individuals with identifying and working towards recovery-oriented goals with a focus on maintaining, restoring, and improving overall functioning in order to prepare for a successful transition into the community. Ms. Colon completed her graduate studies at CUNY Queens College and received her MS in Mental Health Counseling. Currently Ms. Colon is gaining specialized experience while on the women’s/perinatal psychiatric unit, while accruing her hours towards license in New York State. Ms. Colon is also currently in the process of completing intensive training in dialectical behavior therapy and collaborating on further implementation of this on the women’s inpatient unit, in an effort to increase her psychotherapy skills and work effectively to assist patients with reaching their goals. Ms. Colon looks forward to continuing to work in the field of perinatal mental health, while actively decreasing stigma.

 

Creating a Local Perinatal Mental Health Task Force: A Multidisciplinary Collective Impact Collaboration
Samantha Shuster, M.S.W.
Phialdelphia Department of Public Health

Samantha Shuster is the Community Action Network Facilitator for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Maternal, Child and Family Health Division. Samantha coordinates the Community Action Network, a collective-impact initiative aimed at reducing infant mortality and improving maternal health outcomes in Philadelphia. Samantha is also the treasurer for the National Coalition of Maternal Mental Health. Prior to this,Samantha worked as a Program Analyst at Action Wellness. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University and is a licensed social worker

 

Creating a Local Perinatal Mental Health Task Force: A Multidisciplinary Collective Impact Collaboration
Mia Edidin, LCSW
Perinatal Support Washington

Mia Edidin, LICSW is the Director at Perinatal Support WA statewide non-profit that provides support for families experiencing perinatal mental health needs as well as working to improve systems of care.  Her formal training is a clinical social worker and she continues her clinical work with a small private practice exclusively working with women and families during the perinatal period as a way to stay current on the best practices in the perinatal mental health field. In addition to her clinical practice, Mia trains and supervises mental health and birth professionals in perinatal mental health best practices and is a master trainer in the Group Peer Support model for perinatal parents.

 

Creating a Local Perinatal Mental Health Task Force: A Multidisciplinary Collective Impact Collaboration
Samantha Konikoff

After experiencing different perinatal mood disorders after giving birth to her son 9 years ago, Samantha became a patient advocate for others who went through similar experiences. She is dedicated to helping families through co-facilitating weekly support groups in her community as well as sitting on various committees and boards being the voice of the parent. Samantha lives in Bellingham, Washington with her husband Isaac and their 2 children, Evan (9) and Emma (6) as well as their dog Bella.

 

Creating a Local Perinatal Mental Health Task Force: A Multidisciplinary Collective Impact Collaboration
Allison Williams
Whatcom County Health Department

Allison Williams has worked at the Whatcom County Health Department to support the health and well-being of children and families in Whatcom County for the last 26 years. Her current work is focused on increasing her community’s capacity to nurture children, support their families, and build resiliency across generations.


Criminal Law and Legal Advocacy in Maternal Mental Illness
Gina Wong, Ph.D.
Athabasca University, Gina Wong- Counselling & Consulting

Dr. Gina Wong has been a PSI co-coordinator for over ten years. She is a psychologist and an Associate Professor at Athabasca University in Canada. Gina is dedicated to galvanizing maternal mental health and wellness endeavors in Canada and is devoted to building a PSI stronghold in Canada through the PSI Canada Chapter. She is the author/editor of three books: Counsellor Know Thyself: Growing Ourselves, Shaping our Professional Practice (Wong, 2010); Moms Gone Mad: Motherhood and Madness Oppression and Resistance (Wong, 2012), and Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices (Duncan & Wong, 2014). Likewise, she has numerous book chapters and manuscripts in academic journals related to counselling, perinatal mental health, and motherhood. Gina serves as an expert witness in maternal infanticide/filicide cases in Canada. She has a program of research focused on maternal filicide and the successful criminal defense of mothers. She directs the Facebook Page, Maternal Mental Health Progress in Canada https://www.facebook.com/maternalmentalhealthprogressinCanada/

 

Maternal Mental Illness and Criminal Justice – It’s Not Just Infanticide
Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD, LMFT, PMH-C

Diana Barnes is an internationally recognized expert on women’s reproductive mental health. A past president of Postpartum Support International, she currently sits on the President’s Advisory Council. She is a member of the training faculty of Maternal Mental Health Now in Los Angeles and is the mental health consultant to the California Commission on the Status of Maternal Mental Health. In addition to private practice specializing in women’s reproductive mental health, Dr. Barnes is frequently retained by legal counsel on criminal cases where maternal mental illness is at issue. She is the editor and contributing author of the definitive text on “Women’s Reproductive Mental Health Across the Lifespan” and the 2009 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Eli Lilly Foundation for her outstanding achievements in the field of child-bearing related illness. She has a private practice in Sherman Oaks, California.


Criminal Law and Legal Advocacy in Maternal Mental Illness
Barry Lewis, JD
Law Office of Barry M Lewis

Barry Lewis, J.D. is a criminal defense attorney. He has completed successfully countless trials and appeals in his 43 years of practice. He has been the Judge Advocate for the Chicago Yachting Association, an adjunct professor of law, honored by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, and has been the representative of the Chicago Bar Association on numerous occasions. He was the legal advocate for PA 100-0574 and co-recipient of the 2018 Maternal Mental Health Award in Policy and Advocacy. Barry has been a presenter at numerous meetings including the most recent meeting of the Biennial Perinatal Conference and the 2018 annual meetings of the American Psychological Association and Postpartum Support International. He is the author of A New Model Law Offers Hope: Postpartum Disorders and the Law, which was the cover article in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Champion magazine in March 2018. An avid sailor, he authored McGraw-Hill’s book Learn To Sail Today.

Criminal Law and Legal Advocacy in Maternal Mental Illness
Susan Feingold, PsyD
Independent Practice

Clinical psychologist, perinatal legal advocate, author and adjunct professor at Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, in Chicago. Co-Recipient of THE 2018 MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH INNOVATION AWARD in POLICY and ADVOCACY. She serves on the President’s Advisory Council for Postpartum Support, International, For over 26 years, her clinical practice has specialized in women’s perinatal mental health, including issues of fertility, pregnancy loss, trauma and couple relationship issues. Author of, “Happy Endings, New Beginnings: Navigating Postpartum Disorders” (2013). Expert witness in the House and Senate Criminal Law Committee, and an advocate for Illinois PA100-0574, the first criminal law in the nation to recognize the effects of postpartum illness.

Her speaking engagements include:

  • PRGLAC, the Federal Task Force developing safe, effective strategies for pregnant and lactating women.
  • The 2018 annual meetings of The American Psychological Association and Postpartum Support, International.
  • The 2017 Biennial Perinatal Mental Health Conference.
  • The PSI Maternal Mental Illness & Criminal Justice seminar.
  • Several other seminars and webinars.
  • Feingold received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from Argosy University for her work in perinatal issues and women’s mental health.
  • She has served as an expert witness in the petition for Executive Clemency of Debra Gindorf.
  • She has served as past President of Depression After Delivery, Inc

 

Integrating IPT with EMDR in LGBTQ+ Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Treatment
Elyse Springer, MA-CLP, LMFT, PMH-C
Private Practice

Elyse Springer MA -CLP, LMFT, PMH-C is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFC 48196) in private practice in Los Angeles, California. Elyse has worked at a cross-section of community mental health organizations, including the Suicide Prevention Center, Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health, Pacific Clinics and APLA Health, where she successfully piloted one of the very first programs embedding mental health in housing services in LA County for dually-diagnosed HIV/AIDS individuals. Elyse is a past co-chair for the LA County HIV Mental Health Task Force. Elyse is currently a Governing Council member for Maternal Mental Health Now, a position she has occupied since 2011, alongside her role as training faculty for the organization. Elyse has held a seat on the board of national organization 2020 Mom Project since 2014

 

The Role of Occupational Therapists in Maternal Mental Health
Aviril Sepulveda, M.S.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Aviril (Apple) Sepulveda is a board-certified pediatric OT,  the Board Chair of 2020 Mom, and a fellow of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program. She specializes in infant development, feeding, pediatric swallowing disorders, sensory processing/integration, lactation support, and maternal-infant mental health.  Apple’s research interests include promoting parent-child relationships and infant-maternal mental health. She received a grant to study the impacts of a mommy-and-me program on PPD, attachment and infant development among NICU graduates and their mothers.

The Role of Occupational Therapists in Maternal Mental Health
Endenne Dupree, M.S.
Nurture Collective
Endenné DuPree is a pediatric OT with over fifteen years of experience and have worked in different settings, including schools, clinics, and community-based organizations. She is Ph.D. student at Fielding Graduate University studying Infant and Early Childhood Development to further her knowledge of children and the family system.  Endenné formed the company, Nurture Collective to improve maternal and infant mental health services in Los Angeles. She became involved in maternal mental health advocacy through the work of 2020 MOM.

Benjamin Triplett


Suzanne Cohen, M.S.
North Shore Women’s Support

 


BREAKOUT 8

 

Caring for a Family from Diagnosis of Postpartum Psychosis to Recovery
Laurie Ganberg, MSW, LICSW
Swedish Center for Perinatal Bonding and Support

Laurie Ganberg, LICSW obtained her Masters in Social Work from Smith College in 2006 and has had the privilege of working with women and families in their homes, medical settings, community agencies, and private practice. She joined the staff of the Center for Perinatal Bonding and Support’s Day Program, a perinatal partial hospitalization program at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, when it opened in 2016 and is currently the lead therapist. She has facilitated trainings, workshops, and groups for multidisciplinary professionals in the field of perinatal mental health.

 

Caring for a Family from Diagnosis of Postpartum Psychosis to Recovery
Catherine Davies, M.D.
Swedish Medical Group

Catherine L. Davies, MD, is a psychiatrist specializing in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. She graduated from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in 2006, then completed a year of OB/GYN training at UC Irvine before completing a residency in Psychiatry at the University of Washington. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Davies has worked in the field of perinatal psychiatry for seven years and co-founded the Swedish Center for Perinatal Bonding and Support in Seattle WA. She also has a private psychiatry practice on Bainbridge Island. Dr. Davies is a preceptor for Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners studying psychiatry and gives talks to health care professionals around the Puget Sound with the goal of improving access to quality mental health care for women during pregnancy and nursing.

 

How Families and Partners Influence Maternal and Infant Health: Emotional Availability, Partner and Family Relationships, and Postpartum Sexual Health
Janelle Kwee, Ph.D.
Trinity Western University

Dr. Janelle Kwee is a Registered Psychologist in Private Practice in Langley, British Columbia,  and Program Director and Associate Professor in the MA Counselling Psychology Program at Trinity Western University.  In her private practice in Canada, Janelle regularly works with women and families in the childbearing years.  She has previously worked in primary care settings in the U.S. attending to women’s perinatal health care alongside their obstetricians, family physicians, and nurse practitioners.  Janelle’s research with women in the childbearing years has focused on women’s lived experiences of well-being and thriving, with the aim to better inform all service providers in supporting women during this pivotal period in life.  Janelle’s perinatal research and practice focus developed out of interests in feminist, community, and health psychology, and her own journey in birth and motherhood.  She is passionate about supporting women’s health and personal development through collaborative perinatal care and woman-centered research.

 

How Families and Partners Influence Maternal and Infant Health: Emotional Availability, Partner and Family Relationships, and Postpartum Sexual Health
Hillary McBride, MA
The University of British Columbia

Hillary McBride is a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia, and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice in Vancouver. She is currently doing her Pre-doctoral internship at the University of Victoria’s Counselling Services. Her areas of clinical and academic focus include trauma, perinatal mental health, spirituality and mental health, embodiment, eating disorders, and body image. In 2017 she was awarded the international Young Investigators Award in Human Sexuality or her work on women’s postpartum sexual health. She published her first book with Post Hill Press entitled “Mothers, daughters, and body image: Learning to love ourselves as we are”, and with Janelle Kwee, co-edited a text published by Routledge in 2018 called “Embodiment and Eating Disorders: Theory, Research, Prevention, and Treatment”. McBride’s research has been recognized by the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

 

How Families and Partners Influence Maternal and Infant Health: Emotional Availability, Partner and Family Relationships, and Postpartum Sexual Health
Larissa Rossen, Ph.D.
Trinity Western University

Larissa is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Larissa’s PhD examined prospective predictors of bonding and emotional availability in the first year of life on a cohort of Australian families. She was awarded scholarships from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre as well as the Australian Centre for Perinatal Science. She is also involved on The Triple B study (Bumps, Babies, and Beyond), an Australian longitudinal birth cohort study which examines a wide range of biopsychosocial factors that relate to the health and development of Australian children. Importantly, the project has a key focus on examining the impacts of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in pregnant and postpartum women and their partners on infant development and family functioning. Larissa has also been involved with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre’s resource to help support pregnant women who use alcohol or other drugs.

 

National Maternal Mental Health Policy Landscape
Joy Burkhard, MBA
2020 Mom

Joy is the founder and executive director of 2020 Mom. In this role, Joy has used her knowledge of the complex health care system to advance change in maternal mental health.   She has over 20 years of experience working in several roles with the health insurer, Cigna, including working in customer service, quality improvement and regulatory affairs.  She has a passion for scaling change and putting the customer first. Joy founded 2020 Mom in 2011 after her personal, volunteer and professional worlds collided. She is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology expert work group on Maternal Mental Health and the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. Joy has been recognized for her leadership and vision with several awards receiving the “Emerging Leader” award in women’s health from the Federal Health and Human Services Agency, Office of Women’s Health.

 

Perinatal Support in Tribal Communities
Sirène Lipschutz, MSW
The Guidance Center

Sirène-Rose Lipschutz is the Tribal Therapist at The Guidance Center in Flagstaff, Arizona where she provides individual and group therapy to children and adults on the Hopi, Diné (Navajo), and Havasupai reservations. Sirène’s clinical specialties are perinatal mental health and birth trauma, trauma therapy, and intergenerational trauma/”soul wounds.” Sirène has two beautiful little boys who inspire her every day. Great things happened for Sirène during the two years she lived in Oregon and she is excited for this opportunity to visit one of her favorite states.

 

Striving for Optimal Care of Families Enduring Perinatal Loss to Minimize Trauma
Bina Bird, LMFT, PMH-C
Haslet Counseling

Bina Bird is a Licensed Marriage Family and Therapist Supervisor and Certified in Perinatal Mental Health. Bina owns a private practice in Haslet, Texas where she resides with her husband, three children and rambunctious puppy.   She primarily works with teen girls, couples, and supporting parents through all stages of parenthood- including infertility and loss.   In addition to providing psychotherapy Bina provides consultation and supervision to other clinicians.  Bina has a passion for supporting those who have experienced Perinatal Loss and has trained other clinicians on this topic both locally, and through her online course Perinatal Loss-A Framework for Healing.  Bina is also a Volunteer Support Coordinator for Postpartum Support International and involved in the newly formed Texas PSI Chapter. Bina hosts a free Maternal Mental Health Facebook group for perinatal mental health professionals and is a partner on the recently created Youtube Channel “Surviving Motherhood”.

 

Striving for Optimal Care of Families Enduring Perinatal Loss to Minimize Trauma
Catharine McDonald, MS, LPC
Growing Well Counseling

Catharine McDonald is a National Certified Counselor, CT Licensed Professional Counselor, and Certified Family Life Educator. She owns Growing Well Counseling in Glastonbury, CT where she specializes exclusively in perinatal wellness, fertility and loss, birth trauma, and maternal work-life balance. A founding member of Postpartum Support International-Connecticut Chapter, she has served on the board of directors and now volunteers with the professional development committee. In addition to perinatal psychotherapy, Catharine also offers clinical consultation in perinatal wellness and enjoys teaching about perinatal mental health, sleep education for growing families, and birth-trauma.

 


SUNDAY SEMINARS

Reproductive Psychiatry Seminar
Kathy Kelley, PMHNP

Reproductive Psychiatry Seminar
Veronika Zantop MD

Reproductive Psychiatry Seminar
Catherine Davies MD

Reproductive Psychiatry Seminar
Nicole Phyllis Taylor MD, PMH-C


Becoming the New Us: Protecting Perinatal Mental Health through Supporting the Couple Bond
Elly Taylor
Becoming Us

Elly Taylor is an internationally recognised Perinatal Relationships Expert, award-winning author and Founder of Becoming Us. As a Relationship Counsellor and a new mother at the same time, Elly began studying the transition into parenthood after she and her husband were blindsided by the changes to life and love they experienced as new parents.  Over 15 years, Elly combined her experience as an Emotionally Focused Couples Counsellor, studies in psychology and international research to create a world-first Relationship-Developmental approach to the transition into parenthood which supports the mental, emotional and relationship wellbeing of mothers, fathers, partners and families. Elly has served on advisory panels for Monash, Newcastle and The Australian Catholic Universities and is on the board of the International Forum for Wellbeing in Pregnancy. Elly lives in Sydney with her husband, their three children and a bunch of pets.

Becoming the New Us: Protecting Perinatal Mental Health through Supporting the Couple Bond
Barbara Suarez, C.B.E.
Legacy Health System and OHSU

Barb Buckner Suárez is a Health Educator specializing in the transformational events of pregnancy, birth and parenting. In her 20+ years in the field of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Barb has had the honor of teaching thousands of couples about the benefits of embracing the normal feelings of vulnerability that arise as they become parents. She’s a Lamaze-certified Childbirth Educator, a Fellow in the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators, a Certified Becoming Us Facilitator, as well as the Mentor for other Becoming Us Facilitators working toward certification. When she’s not taking care of her own four children (ages 19, 16, 13, and 9) Barb writes her blog Birth Happens and is pulling together a few more ideas about the gifts of vulnerability received in pregnancy, birth and parenting that she hopes to turn into a podcast and/or book someday.

 

Learn How They Did It: Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Perinatal Mental Health Screening across Five Hospital Based Settings.
Gabrielle Mauren, Ph.D.
Park Nicollet Health Services

Dr. Mauren is a psychologist and the Clinical Manager for the adult psychotherapy practice at Park Nicollet Health Services in St. Louis Park, MN.  She earned her Master’s and PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.  She has worked in higher education and community mental health with patients from multicultural backgrounds struggling with a variety of mental and physical health concerns.  Dr. Mauren has a clinical specialty in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and is the clinical lead for Park Nicollet’s nationally recognized Women’s Reproductive Mental Health Program which maintains a focus on perinatal and reproductive mental health.

Learn How They Did It: Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Perinatal Mental Health Screening across Five Hospital Based Settings
Eynav Accortt, PhD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Eynav Accortt, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist whose research focuses on mood and anxiety disorders during the female reproductive life course and in response to chronic illnesses like breast cancer and heart disease. She studies the physiological processes that are associated with higher risk for depression and anxiety in pregnancy, postpartum, and perimenopause. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of OBGYN at Cedars-Sinai, she is interested in the association between maternal mental health and adverse birth outcomes such as preeclampsia. Dr. Accortt is also the director of a private practice, Perinatal Mental Health Care, in Agoura Hills CA where she conducts cognitive behavioral therapy.

Learn How They Did It: Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Perinatal Mental Health Screening across Five Hospital Based Settings
Melissa Hoffman, RN, DNP
Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Melissa Hoffman has dedicated her career to promoting the health and wellness of expectant and new parents.  Melissa started her career as a labor and delivery nurse and community education nurse certified in childbirth and breastfeeding education.  Melissa has facilitated a weekly perinatal mood peer support group for 11 years.  She is a founder of Build your Village of Douglas County and President of Postpartum Support International of Kansas, organizations both dedicated to strengthening education and services for women and families coping with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in Kansas.  Melissa earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a speciality in Psychiatric and Mental Health from the University of Kansas.  Melissa lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with her husband and two boys.

Learn How They Did It: Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Perinatal Mental Health Screening across Five Hospital Based Settings
Joanna Cole, Ph.D., PMH-C
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Joanna CM Cole is a clinical psychologist and manager of psychosocial services in the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She assesses families’ coping mechanisms and chronic life stressors to identify how the news of a fetal diagnosis might intensify symptoms of psychological distress. Dr. Cole counsels individuals and couples on effective coping strategies, communication and emotional preparation for different stages in the maternal and neonatal medical experience.

 

GPS Group Peer Support for Specialized Perinatal Populations
Annette Cycon, MSW, LCSW
GPS Group Peer Support

Annette Cycon, LCSW, has been a social worker, group facilitator and trainer for over 30 years. As the Founder and former Director of Training of MotherWoman, over 17 years, she developed programs and is well known as an advocate for mothers and a trainer in Perinatal Mood Disorders, particularly regarding the impact of structural social justice issues such as poverty, race and culture on maternal mental health.  She is currently the Founder/Director of GPS Group Peer Support a national organization leading non-profits and state entities in implementation of GPS, an evidence-based group model which she developed with Liz Friedman. GPS is being implemented across a spectrum of lived experiences, including incarceration, addiction/recovery, bereavement, homelessness, and those targeted by discrimination.  Cycon, is proud that GPS is also being used successfully with men, in faith-based communities, with vulnerable students in both high school and college, as well as in women’s health programs in Guatemala.


GPS Group Peer Support for Specialized Perinatal Populations
LaShonta Edwards, BS
A Mother’s Sanctuary

LaShonta Edwards is the culmination of a strong Chicago foundation, determination and most importantly, faith. She is an example of what brains, persistence, entrepreneurial spirit mixed with a warrior mentality can accomplish. As she learned about Postpartum Depression (PPD) she realized there are few resources available   women. In many cases, people do not believe the condition is real. The lack of resources led her to organize A Mother’s Sanctuary (AMS), a 501 (C) (3) organization, 2014. AMS is designed to educate the world and expecting mothers that Maternal Mental Health is real and how to recognize the symptoms. AMS also works to fulfill the vacuum in hospitals and clinics specializing in women’s care. In addition to education, she offers care through her services as a Labor and Postpartum Doula. Witnessing the disparaging treatment of mental health patients motivated her to fight back providing Mental Health First Aid Certification training with the hopes of ending unnecessary abuse at the hands of public safety and others in the community. Educator, Advocate, Doula, Author. Mother. Her greatest achievement yet. She is raising three wonderful children in her home in Spring, Texas.


GPS Group Peer Support for Specialized Perinatal Populations
Alex Iles
GPS

With a heart for community and connection, Alex Iles approaches the world through the lens of a husband of 18 years and father of eight.  As a professional coach, he partners with people to help them achieve goals and overcome obstacles.  In his role as a manager for an aerospace company he developed a passion for facilitating groups in a corporate environment.  In alignment with his value around community, Alex sees group work as an essential tool for supporting new parents and building relationships.  He has a strong desire to support men and fathers in their transition to parenthood.


GPS Group Peer Support for Specialized Perinatal Populations
Liz Friedman, MFA
GPS Group Peer Support

Liz Friedman, MFA sits on the MA Commission on the Status of Women and MA Postpartum Depression Commission, is on the Advisory Boards of MA PPD Fund and It Takes A Village, and has been involved in successful campaigns to pass Massachusetts’ legislation including PPD, Paid Sick Time, Paid Family Leave, Equitable Disability Insurance and Pregnant Workers Fairness Act which she led to passage. She is an associate at Effie’s Grace focused on maternal-child health policy. She is formerly Program Director of MotherWoman and is currently co-founder/director of GPS Group Peer Support, a national organization leading communities, non-profits and state-entities in implementation of evidence-based group mental health care across a spectrum of lived experiences including incarceration, addiction/recovery, and those targeted by immigration discrimination. She is founder of We Stand Together, a new initiative addressing hate crimes and building solidarity. In 2010, she received the Ted Women’s Award for her outstanding work on behalf of mothers.

GPS Group Peer Support for Specialized Perinatal Populations
Crystal Gurney
GPS

Crystal Gurney’s passion is to create spaces where community, connection and inner growth can happen.  She has spent the last many years supporting families through the transition to parenthood.  She also supports heart-centered entrepreneurs through business and life transitions.  She has been a birth doula in Washington state, with a focus on birth trauma, and launched the local non-profit HOPE Circle of Kitsap to offer support groups to families during the perinatal period. She recently shifted her focus to working with birth professionals and other small business folks through coaching, mentoring, and group work.  She continues to support families through Birth Story Processing, small group work and training support group leaders.  She is a certified Gottman educator (Bringing Baby Home) and has been a facilitator and mentor using and teaching the MotherWoman and GPS models for the past 6 years.  Crystal believes in the power of group support and circle sharing, and has seen first-hand the impact it can have on individuals, families, businesses, and communities.  She is a mom to many – 6 young adults and 2 still-at-home kiddos.

GPS Group Peer Support for Specialized Perinatal Populations
Mia Edidin, LCSW
Perinatal Support Washington

Mia Edidin, LICSW is the Director at Perinatal Support WA statewide non-profit that provides support for families experiencing perinatal mental health needs as well as working to improve systems of care.  Her formal training is as a clinical social worker and she continues her clinical work with a small private practice exclusively working with women during the perinatal period as a way to stay current on the best practices in the perinatal mental health field. In addition to her clinical practice, Mia trains and supervises mental health and birth professionals in perinatal mental health best practices and is a master trainer in the Group Peer Support model for perinatal parents.

 

Body Image, Eating Disorder Recovery, and Weight Stigma in Pregnancy and Motherhood
Angela Wurtzel, MA, LMFT, CEDS-S
Private Practice

Angela R. Wurtzel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist & Approved Supervisor with 21 years of private practice experience. She has developed a specific approach to working with people who come to therapy with a thirst for understanding, insight and desire to make the changes that they envision for themselves. Angela has a natural sense of empathy and concern for people she works with and provides a reflective and explorative environment for people to come to know their own minds. Angela provides individual and group psychotherapy for the treatment of eating disorders, self injury and compulsive shopping. She also provides specialized therapy for prenatal and postpartum concerns. Angela R. Wurtzel has been involved with various professional organizations over the years and has brought many professional presentations to her community from influential speakers. She, as well, has provides presentations on the local and national level.

Body Image, Eating Disorder Recovery, and Weight Stigma in Pregnancy and Motherhood
Linda Shanti McCabe, PhD
Private Practice

Dr Linda Shanti (“Recovery mama”) holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California. She has worked in the field of Eating Disorder, Chemical Dependency, Anxiety, Depression, and Codependency Recovery since 1999. She served as a therapist in residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care with women and their families and now has a private practice in San Francisco. Dr Linda completed Postpartum International’s Perinatal Mood and Anxiety components of care, and has completed trainings in expressive arts therapy, soulcollage(R), and trauma. She is a recovered mom who believes “you can’t keep it unless you give it away, but you can’t give it away unless you have it.” She is the author of “The Recovery Mama’s Guide to Eating Disorder Recovery During Pregnancy and Postpartum” (Jessica Kingsley publishers, 2018).

Body Image, Eating Disorder Recovery, and Weight Stigma in Pregnancy and Motherhood
Ryanne Mitchell, MA, LPC
Resilience Center

Ryanne Mitchell, MA, LPC is the owner and a therapist at the Resilience Center in Tulsa, OK. Ryanne obtained her Master of Arts degree in Expressive Arts Therapy with a Specialization in Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University. Former Clinical Director and Pathway to Eating Recovery therapist at Brookhaven Hospital, Ryanne now owns and operates Resilience Center, an outpatient clinic focused on providing somatically-informed services in the treatment of eating disorders, maternal mental health, co-morbid disorders, and other mental health concerns. Ryanne is a frequent presenter and enjoys smashing diet culture and exploring all things recovery in her blog and monthly podcast, “EDulting.”

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