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.

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GPS- Parent Support Group Facilitator Training – Seattle @ 2100 Building, Community Room B
Oct 10 @ 8:30 am – Oct 11 @ 5:00 pm
GPS- Parent Support Group Facilitator Training - Seattle @ 2100 Building, Community Room B | Seattle | Washington | United States

Thursday, October 10th and Friday, October 11th
Registration: 8:00am
Training is from 8:30am-5:00pm

Presenters: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


  • 14 CEU’s pending for LICWs, LMHCs, and LMFTs
  • 14 Contact hours are approved for RNs

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17084 for 14 contact hours

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.


Limited Scholarships available:
Consideration is given to applicants who are:
1. planning to or already run a new parent support group,
2. is from a community that has historically been unserved or underserved,
Please write a brief statement about your plans for providing a parent support group, how you will provide services to communities that have historically been under-served, and how you hope this training will impact your community or community you serve. Please be sure to include brief info about yourself including your job title and role and what geographic area/county you will work in. Email information to Deadline to apply is Friday, September 13th.
Advanced Topics in Prevention, Identification and Treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders – Everett @ St. Lukes Community Health Education Center
Oct 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The training is full and priority on the waitlist is given to mental health providers in Whatcom County. When you register for the waitlist please let us know if you are a mental health provider. If you are not a mental health provider but would still like to attend the training and you work or live in Whatcom County please join the waitlist as spots may open up.

This training is open to Whatcom County providers and community members.

As this is an advanced training, this training is open to those who attended last year’s 1 day Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) training in Bellingham or an equivalent introduction to PMADs training.

This training is offered by Perinatal Support WA through a grant from Strengthening Families Washington at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).

Objectives of this Advanced Topics training:
*Understand the impact of birth experiences on postpartum emotional health
*Become knowledgeable about risk and symptoms for partners and fathers
*Become knowledgeable about psychiatric medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
*Become knowledgeable about supporting families in the NICU
*Become knowledgeable about feeding issues and perinatal mental health
*Understand the impact on infant and children
*Understand impacts on partners and relationships.

Trainer-  Leslie Butterfield, PhD and Mia Edidin, LICSW

Registration 8:30am
Training is from 9:00am-5:00pm
Lunch is provided

6.5 CEUs are pending for LICSWs, LMHCs, and LMFTs
6.5 Contact hours are available for RNs

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17084 for 6.5 contact hours

Perinatal Support Washington is a state-wide non-profit dedicated to shinning a light on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Leslie Butterfield, PhD is a clinical psychologist who specializes in pregnancy and postpartum issues. At her Seattle, WA private practice she works with moms and couples struggling with pregnancy and neonatal loss, the transition to parenthood, pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, and birth related trauma.  Additionally, she has designed and taught the counseling skills curriculum for Seattle Midwifery School and Bastyr Naturopathic University’s Department of Midwifery for the past 15 years.

In her capacity as an educator, Leslie has provided trainings and consultations to: University of Washington; Singapore KKH Hospital for Women; AWHONN(Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses); Marce Society; PALS (Pacific Association of Labor Support); API (Attachment Parenting International), NAPS (Northwest Association for Postpartum Support), Catholic Charities, Planned Parenthood, and others.  Recently she has served on the board of PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth) as Vice President, and Perinatal Support Washington as the former chair and current board member.

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