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.

 

Mar
14
Wed
2018
Clinical Consultation Group- Bellingham WA @ Michelle's Office- Downton Bellingham
Mar 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 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 therapy Michelle Anderson, LMHC

Michelle  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.

Consult Group start date: Wednesday March 14th from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Group will meet the the second Wednesday of each month for 10 months.

The consult groups require a commitment of all 10 monthly consultation meetings.

Each meeting is 2 hours long. The first hour will have discussion on a perinatal mental health topic with assigned readings. The second hour will be case consultation discussion.
20 CEUs provided by Perinatal Support of WA at the completion of the year-long program based on participation- MAs, MSWs, MFTs, and RNS (CEARPs).

Fee is $75/consult session.

Each group will follow the same curriculum topic schedule.

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 info contact Mia.Edidin@perinatalsupport.org

 

Apr
26
Thu
2018
Clinical Consultation Group In person- Seattle, WA @ Seattle, WA
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In partnership with local therapist Leslie Butterfield, PhD

Leslie Butterfield, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in pregnancy and postpartum issues. At her Seattle private practice she works with moms and couples struggling with pregnancy 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); 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 represented PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth) as Vice President, and PSI (Postpartum Support International) WA State Chair, at national and international conferences

This group will meet monthly on the fourth Thursday  of the month beginning April 26th  7-9pm

The consult groups require a commitment of all 10 monthly consultation meetings.

Each meeting is 2 hours long. The first hour will have discussion on a perinatal mental health topic with assigned readings. The second hour will be case consultation discussion.
20 CEUs provided by Leslie Butterfield at the completion of the year-long program based on participation- MAs, MSWs, MFTs.

Fee is $75/consult session.

Each group will follow the same curriculum topic schedule.

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 info contact Mia.Edidin@perinatalsupport.org

 

May
7
Mon
2018
When the Unexpected Happens: Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth @ 2100 Building, Board Room
May 7 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Recent research indicates that nearly one third of birthing women experience their births as traumatic. New data suggests that PTSD consequent to traumatic childbirth is not limited to birthing women, but is also experienced by partners and birth providers. This presentation will offer attendees a way in which to recognize and understand traumatic childbirth from both provider and patient points of view. We will address the things that contribute to the sense of birth as traumatic and discuss ways in which to prevent, recognize (in the moment) and rapidly intervene in potentially traumatic situations. We will also provide an opportunity for participants to practice healing interventions for both themselves and their client, and to learn about post-traumatic growth. This training is designed for nurses, midwives, doulas, therapists, lactation consultants, and others who provide care and compassion to childbearing families.

Objectives of this training:
(1)Identify five events/conditions that put a woman at risk for experiencing traumatic birth and the consequent development of PTSD;
(2)Identify at least four symptoms of PTSD
(3)Describe two treatment approaches for PTSD following traumatic childbirth
(4)Identify three phenomenon that differentiate the needs of partners and/or health care providers from the needs of the birthing woman following a traumatic birth
(5)Identify three components necessary for post-traumatic growth and transformation

Scholarships are no longer available.

Trainers- Leslie Butterfield, PhD and Heidi Koss, LMHC

7.25  CEU’s for LICSW, LMHC, LMFT pending approval.

This activity has been submitted to the Washington State Nurses Association Continuing Education Approval & Recognition Program (CEARP) for approval to award 7.25 contact hours. The Washington State Nurses Association Continuing Education Approval & Recognition Program (CEARP) is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
*To receive credit attendees will need to sign in and attend the entire training.

May
19
Sat
2018
Seattle Mom Prom @ Fremont Abbey Arts Center
May 19 @ 8:00 pm – May 20 @ 12:00 am
Seattle Mom Prom @ Fremont Abbey Arts Center | Seattle | Washington | United States

The Ultimate Ladies Night Out!
The Seattle Mom Prom is special night to celebrate and honor moms. A night to let loose on the dance floor, enjoy some drinks and desserts, and ultimately help raise money for postpartum support. Our mission is to celebrate and acknowledge all the hard work moms do, support a great cause and have tons of fun! It is the ultimate ladies night out!

Jun
23
Sat
2018
2018 Climb out of the Darkness @ Maple Leaf Park, Seattle WA
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
2018 Climb out of the Darkness @ Maple Leaf Park, Seattle WA | Seattle | Washington | United States

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Perinatal Support Washington is so excited to participate in the 2018 Climb Out of the Darkness Event. We hope to make this a community building event where we can raise awareness about perinatal mental health and support 2 great organizations working locally and nationally.

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 communit

 

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.
*Walkers can choose to walk when they arrive, or join scheduled waves (every half hour beginning at 10:30). Last wave will leave at 12:00.
*Face painting and Balloons will be available for kids.
*Adults will receive commemorate race bib to wear on the day of.
*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.

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Mar
28
Thu
2019
Trauma and Birth: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Prevention and Healing @ Seattle Marriott Waterfront
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – Mar 30 @ 5:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE for this regional conference that will bring together professionals from diverse perspectives in the perinatal health field to learn about the impact of trauma before birth, during birth, and after.

 

Stay in touch for more information and look for our request for proposals to present your work.    We welcome researchers, providers, and community organizations that are doing innovative work in this field.