Continuing Education

Trainings hosted by Perinatal Support Washington are featured below.
In addition, continuing education courses on mood and anxiety disorders are available from the following organizations.

Looking for a custom training for your staff?  Get in touch with us, we offer a ride range of trainings with CEUs.

Perinatal Support Washington is not responsible for the contents of any the websites and inclusion in this list does not indicate that Perinatal Support Washington is endorsing the policies, procedures, or views contained therein.
  • MedEdPPD – Developed with the support of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to provide education about postpartum depression for both parents and professionals.
  • Postpartum Stress Center – 22 continuing education (CE) credits can be obtained by reading three of Karen Kleiman’s books. Karen also has in person trainings several times per year.
  • – 8 credits for Therapy and the Postpartum Woman, 7 credits for Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts, and  7 credits for Tokens of Affection
  • Postpartum Support International (PSI) – PSI offers a 2 day course at various locations throughout the country and a 7 session online course with featuring nationwide experts.


Prevention, Identification and Treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Best Practices @ St. Lukes Community Health Education Center
Oct 30 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

This training is supported by the Whatcom County Behavioral Health Program Fund, hosted by the Whatcom County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force and presented by Perinatal Support Washington.

Objectives of this training:
*Understanding the “real” transition to parenthood
*Risk factors and prevention of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
*Understanding components of treatment and recovery
*Screening tools and practices
*Pharmacology and pregnancy and breastfeeding
*Impact on children, family and community
Registration 8:30am
Program starts at 9am
Lunch, coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided
Networking at 5:00pm

Trainer- Heidi Koss
Heidi Koss, LMHC is a psychotherapist in private practice, serving individuals, couples and families, with an emphasis on pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, birth trauma, as well as treating other related birth issues. Heidi has contributed to the field of perinatal mental health in many ways over her career. She is the Co-Founder of the Northwest Association for Postpartum Support (NAPS). She served on the WA state leadership advisory committee for the Speak Up When You’re Down Postpartum Depression Awareness Campaign and has been an instructor at the Seattle Midwifery School for their PPMD course. She has collaborated on a PPMD training curriculum with the University of WA School of Nursing Infant Mental Health and Development Program and the Washington State Department of Health First Steps Division. She has been a Certified Postpartum Doula and Certified Lactation Educator for over twelve years, and the recipient of the prestigious DONA International Penny Simkin Award in 2006. Heidi is also the proud mother of 2 beautiful daughters.

6.5 CEUs are available for LICSWs, LMHCs, and LMFTs
6.5 CEARPS are available for RNs(currently pending)

Babes in arms are welcome

Perinatal Support Washington, a state-wide non-profit dedicated to lifting the veil on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

GPS- Parent Support Group Training @ 2100 Building
Nov 9 @ 8:00 am – Nov 10 @ 5:00 pm


Mia Edidin, LICSW
Crystal Gurney, CD(DONA)

GPS Group Peer Support© is an evidence-informed group model that will give you the map to support parents in your community. GPS for Parents© is an empowering group experience that provides a place for parents to address the challenges they face, hear from others on the path, gain perspective and strength, and chart a course through challenging times. ‘

This model can be used in a wide variety of settings including those running postpartum support groups, breast/chest feeding groups, psychoeducational groups for parents with kids 0-3, for families in the NICU, perinatal loss groups, and any group in which parents are asked to share and listen.


1. Learn how to provide an evidence-informed model that incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness-based stress reduction and psychosocial education in a warm and accessible group model

2. Learn group leadership skills to provide trauma-informed, empowering group environments through both didactic and experiential learning modalities

3. Explore cultural messages and myths that can undermine confidence, competence and mental health

4. Learn how to provide a population and culturally sensitive, group model for diverse communities

5. Include the values and soul of your community into the heart of GPS Group Peer Support©

6. Merge GPS Group Peer Support© with already-existing educational curricula and learning objectives to enhance deeper engagement

Lunch on your own

___ CEU’s for LICSW, LMHC, LMFT pending approval
GPS for Parents© is based on over 15 years of model development by both Annette Cycon and Liz Friedman in their work as the co-founders of MotherWomans Postpartum Support Initiative and through their development of the MotherWoman Support Group Model.

This training is open to experienced and first time group leaders. Providers of services to ALL parents are invited to participate in this training.

Trauma and Birth: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Prevention and Healing @ Seattle Marriott Waterfront
Mar 28 @ 8:30 am – Mar 30 @ 4:30 pm

We cordially invite you to this inaugural biennial Trauma and Birth Conference hosted by Perinatal Support Washington and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth ). This professional event will bring together over 300 providers from diverse disciplines in the field of perinatal health. The focus of this event is to examine the implications of trauma prior to childbirth, during childbirth, and the subsequent postpartum mental health of new parents including postpartum depression, anxiety, and PTSD. We will focus on systems of care and personal risk factors that increase traumatic birth outcomes, as well as on  prevention and  treatment approaches to mitigate the impact of trauma for parents and prevent transmission of trauma to infants and young children.

Keynote Speakers:
Timoria McQueen Saba
Christine Morton, PhD
Cheryl Connors, MS, RN, N.E.A.-B.C.

Pre Conference information:
Psychological First Aid with Gil Reyes, PhD
Thursday March 28th, 8:30am-5:00 pm

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed modular approach to help in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic incident. Individuals affected by a traumatic incident, whether survivors, witnesses, or responders to such events, may struggle with or face new challenges following the event. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning and coping. This training will be useful for anyone who works with trauma and will be contextualized to working with childbearing families.

Please go to the conference web page for more information on the conference and to register.