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.
  • CE4less.com – 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.

 

Jan
9
Wed
2019
Clinical Training and Consultation Group on Perinatal Mental Health- Bellingham WA @ Cordata Food Co-Op
Jan 9 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Perinatal Support Washington is pleased to be partnering with local area perinatal specialists to provide Clinical Consult Groups on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. These consult groups offer a forum to meet with peers and colleagues to confidentially discuss clinical issues. They are suitable for all mental health practitioners.

Led by local Bellingham therapist Michelle Anderson, LMHC

10 Session Consult Group start date: Wednesday January 9th from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

  • Meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 8:30-10:30 am, for 10 months.
  • Participants are committing to every meeting for the entire 10 months.
  • Participants must be a mental health professional.
  • For unlicensed clinicians this program does not meet requirements for supervision.
  • This training is approved as an advanced course for the Postpartum Support International
    Certification in Perinatal Mental Health
  • Fee is $75/consult session
  • To reserve your spot please pay $150 or pay in full ($750)

Format and Content: Each group will follow the same curriculum topic schedule. Each meeting is 2 hours long. The first hour will have a training and discussion on a perinatal mental health topic with assigned readings. The second hour will be case consultation discussion.

Week 1 – Perinatal Depression

Week 2 – Perinatal Anxiety – Intrusive/scary thoughts, OCD

Week 3 – Adjustment issues:  addressing ‘shoulds’ and unrealistic expectations of American mothering

Week 4 – Perinatal management of bipolar disorder and postpartum psychosis

Week 5 – Birth trauma

Week 6 – Breastfeeding and perinatal mental health

Week 7 – Perinatal loss: miscarriage, stillbirth, preparing for pregnancy after loss

Week 8 – Medications during pregnancy and lactation

Week 9 – Supporting parent during and after the NICU

Week 10 – Sexual abuse survivors and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

For more information contact: info@perinatalsupport.org

 

Continuing Education Information:

  • 20 CEUs pending and provided by Perinatal Support of WA at the completion of the 10 month program for MAs, MSWs, MFTs.  CEUs are based on attendance (2 CEUs per 2 hour meeting)
  • 20 contact hours for RNs: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17084 for 20 contact hours. CEUs are based on attendance (2 CEUs per 2 hour meeting)

 

Limited Scholarships available for those providers who meet the following requirements:
1. Work in Whatcom County,
2. Take state insurance (Apple Health) and
3. Have availability in their schedule.

Consideration is given to applicants who already provide services to families at risk for, or experiencing perinatal mental health complications, in underserved communities and who display the skills and connections needed to serve women and families in those communities. Please write a brief statement about how this training will be used in your practice, how you plan to provide services to underserved communities, and how you hope this training will impact your community or community you serve. Please be sure to include details about how you meet the 3 criteria listed above. Email statement to info@perinatalsupport.org with consult group scholarship in the subject line.

 

Michelle Anderson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in working with pregnant and new mothers in her private practice, Mobile Mama Therapy located in Bellingham, WA. Michelle conducts both home and office visits focusing on issues related to the transition to motherhood, attachment, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, baby loss, traumatic birth and parenting.

Michelle blends her training as a certified yoga instructor with her training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Lifespan Integration forming a mindfulness based psychotherapy approach with her clients. She is a co-founder of the Maternal Mental Health Task Force of Whatcom County, a consultant with the Nurse Family Partnership of both Skagit and Whatcom Counties, a member of the GRADS Advisory Group of Whatcom County as well as a consultant and instructor on issues related to maternal mental health throughout the Pacific Northwest.

 

Refund Policy:  If you are unable to attend a full refund minus a $25 processing fee are given up to 14 days before the start of the consultation group. Withdrawal from the training 5 days before the training are refunded 50% of the training fee. There are no refunds given after that for non-attendance at the training.

Feb
1
Fri
2019
Best Practices in Prevention, Identification and Treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders @ Valley Medical Center Auditorium, Medical Arts Center (MAC), 1st Floor
Feb 1 – Feb 2 all-day
Best Practices in Prevention, Identification and Treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders @ Valley Medical Center Auditorium, Medical Arts Center (MAC), 1st Floor | Renton | Washington | United States

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.

13 CEU’s pending for LICSW, LMHC, LMFT

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

 

Mar
1
Fri
2019
Clinical Training and Consultation Group on Perinatal Mental Health- Redmond WA @ Heidi Koss's Office
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Perinatal Support Washington is pleased to be partnering with local area perinatal specialists to provide Clinical Consult Groups on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. These consult groups offer a forum to meet with peers and colleagues to confidentially discuss clinical issues. They are suitable for all mental health practitioners.

Led by Seattle area therapist Led by Heidi Koss, LMHC

10 Session Consult Group start date: Friday, March 1st from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Meetings are on the 1st Friday of each month, 10:00am-12:00pm, for 10 months.
  • Participants are committing to every meeting for the entire 10 months.
  • Participants must be a mental health professional.
  • For unlicensed clinicians this program does not meet requirements for supervision.
  • This training is approved as an advanced course for the Postpartum Support International
    Certification in Perinatal Mental Health
  • Fee is $75/consult session
  • To reserve your spot please pay $150 or pay in full ($750)

Format and Content: Each group will follow the same curriculum topic schedule. Each meeting is 2 hours long. The first hour will have a training and discussion on a perinatal mental health topic with assigned readings. The second hour will be a case consultation discussion.

Week 1 – Perinatal Depression

Week 2 – Perinatal Anxiety – Intrusive/scary thoughts, OCD

Week 3 – Adjustment issues:  addressing ‘shoulds’ and unrealistic expectations of American mothering

Week 4 – Perinatal management of bipolar disorder and postpartum psychosis

Week 5 – Birth trauma

Week 6 – Breastfeeding and perinatal mental health

Week 7 – Perinatal loss: miscarriage, stillbirth, preparing for pregnancy after loss

Week 8 – Medications during pregnancy and lactation

Week 9 – Supporting parent during and after the NICU

Week 10 – Sexual abuse survivors and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

For more information contact: info@perinatalsupport.org

 

Continuing Education Information:

  • 20 CEUs pending and provided by Perinatal Support of WA at the completion of the 10 month program for MAs, MSWs, MFTs.  CEUs are based on attendance (2 CEUs per 2 hour meeting)
  • 20 contact hours for RNs: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17084 for 20 contact hours. CEUs are based on attendance (2 CEUs per 2 hour meeting)

 

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 Youre 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.

 

Refund Policy:  If you are unable to attend a full refund minus a $25 processing fee are given up to 14 days before the start of the consultation group. Withdrawal from the training 5 days before the training are refunded 50% of the training fee. There are no refunds given after that for non-attendance at the training.

Mar
28
Thu
2019
Trauma and Birth: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Prevention and Healing @ Seattle Marriott Waterfront
Mar 28 @ 8:30 am – Mar 30 @ 5:00 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
Matt Norvel                                                                                                                                                                 Sayida Peprah, PsyD

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.