Best Practices in Prevention, Identification and Treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Dec 28 2015

Best Practices in Prevention, Identification and Treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

February 1, 2019 – February 2, 2019 all-day
Valley Medical Center Auditorium, Medical Arts Center (MAC), 1st Floor
4033 Talbot Rd S
Renton, WA 98055

This training is free and offered by Perinatal Support WA through a grant from Strengthening Families Washington at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) and generously hosted by Valley Medical Center Women & Children’s Services.

Friday, February 1st and Saturday February 2nd

  • Doors Open at 8:30am
  • Training starts promptly at 9am and ends at 5pm
  • Lunch provided

Learn how to effectively identify and screen parents experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in your practice. This two-day training is appropriate for a range of providers, including OBs, pediatricians, midwives, RNs, social workers, mental health therapists, doulas, public health employees, IBCLCs, and more.

Objectives of this training:
Friday February 1st: Basic Topics
*Understand the “real” transition to parenthood.
*Know the spectrum of perinatal mental health disorders
*Know the risk factors for PMADs.
*Know key prevention strategies.
*Understand high risk populations and health disparities.
*Be knowledgeable about the impacts of perinatal mental health  on families and communities.
*Know the components of a treatment plan.
*Be able to effectively talk about, and screen new/expectant parents for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Saturday Feb 2: Advanced Topics
*Understand the impact of birth experiences on postpartum  emotional health.
*Be knowledgeable about risk and symptoms for partners and fathers.
*Be knowledgeable about psychiatric medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
*Be knowledgeable about supporting families in the NICU
*Be knowledgeable about feeding issues and perinatal mental health.
*Understand the impact on infant and children
*Understand impacts on partners and relationships.
**You may register for Day 2 if you have previously taken at least 6 hours or specialized training in Perinatal Mental Health.


This training meets the CEU requirements to become a Professional Member listed on the Perinatal Support WA website provider page. See here for more information.

This program has been approved for 13 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.

13 Contact hours for RNs: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17084 for 13 contact hours.


We hope this training is a starting point for a larger discussion on how you and your organization can best serve childbearing families experiencing perinatal mental health complications.

Trainers: Leslie Butterfield PhD & Heidi Koss, LMHC