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 – 15 continuing education (CE) credits can be obtained by reading two of Karen Kleiman’s books. Karen also has in person trainings several times per year.
  • –  7 credits for Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts and  8 credits for Tokens of Affection: Reclaiming Your Marriage After Postpartum Depression.
  • 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 – Mount Vernon @ North Sound Behavioral Health Organization
Jun 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

This training is for Skagit County providers or community members only.

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 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

Trainer: Heidi Koss, LMHC

Registration 8:30am
Training is from 9:00am-5:00pm
Lunch will be 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.

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.

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

2019 Climb Out of the Darkness @ Maple Leaf Park, Seattle WA
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
2019 Climb Out of the Darkness @ Maple Leaf Park, Seattle WA | Seattle | Washington | United States

Perinatal Support Washington is excited to participate in the 2019 Climb Out of the Darkness, an event about raising awareness and funds for perinatal mental health.


There are many ways to participate in this event:

  • The most important is to show up and walk!
  • Invite your friends and family and share this important issue with your community.
  • Register for the climb ahead of time by clicking here or just show up the day of!


Details for the day of:

  • Register or sign in at the large shelter beginning at 10am.
  • Maple Leaf park has a walking path that is accessible for strollers and small legs- walkers can walk a short distance or longer if they would like. One loop is .5 miles.
  • 11:00 we will gather and walk the loop together.
  • There will be activities for kids and adults.
  • Local parent focused non-profits will have tables at the event to browse.


A little more about the national event:
Climb Out of the Darkness is the world’s largest event raising awareness of maternal mental illnesses like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety & OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis, bipolar/peripartum onset, and pregnancy depression and anxiety. Climb Out of the Darkness is held on or near the longest day of the year annually to help shine the most light on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The event features mothers and others across the globe joining together to climb mountains and hike trails to represent their symbolic rise out of the darkness of maternal mental illness and into the light of hope and recovery.

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.