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.


Understanding Infant Sleep for Professionals @ 2100 Building, Board Room
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sleep deprivation is a well documented risk factor for perinatal mood
and anxiety disorders. Sleep can be an effective preventative measure
as well as a treatment for mental health symptoms in new parents. How
do we help clients improve their babys sleep while keeping mental
health in mind? What impact can parents have on their infants sleep?
What is normal sleep behavior, and when is referral and intervention

Join us for a presentation and discussion on all things sleep! Macall
Gordon, MA has a Masters in psychology, with a background in infant
mental health and infant sleep research. She is a certified gentle
sleep coach and senior lecturer at Antioch University in Seattle.

This presentation is appropriate for anyone who works with new
parentstherapists, midwives, OBs, pediatricians, doulas, lactation
consultants, home visitors, case managers, and more.

Monday, February 27th, 2017
5:30- Doors open, networking and light refreshments
6-8pm – Presentation and Q & A
The 2100 Building
2100 24th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

Members: FREE
Community: $15
CEU’s: $20 (2 CEUs for LICSW, LMHC, and LMFT)
Continuing Education Units meet requirements for RNs, Doulas, and CBEs

Screening and Discussion: When the Bough Breaks @ 2100 Building, Board Room
Apr 24 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us for a screening of When the Bough Breaks, a documentary that “follows Lindsay Gerszt, a mother who has been suffering from PPD for six years. Lindsay agrees to let the cameras document her and give us an in depth look at her path to recovery. We meet women who have committed infanticide and families who have lost loved ones to suicide.

Babies are dying, women aren’t speaking out and the signs are being missed.  When The Bough Breaks takes us on a journey to find answers and break the silence.  This film also features stories from singer Carnie Wilson, actress Tanya Newbould, celebrity chef Aarti Sequeira and Peggy Tanous of The Real Housewives of Orange County.”

This viewing is for both families and professionals. Please be aware that due to discussion of sensitive subjects, such as self-harm and harm to children, families in recovery may want to watch with caution or postpone their viewing.

Monday April 24th, 2017
5:30pm-  Doors open, networking and light refreshments
6-8pm – Film and discussion
The 2100 Building
2100 24th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

Warm Line Volunteer Training @ Seattle
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

About our Warm Line:
We support 250 new parents on the phone every year. We have both mothers ad fathers available to answer questions, provide hope, support, information, and importantly talk about how parents can start to feel better through wellness and self care as well as connect them to resources in their community.

Criteria to be on the Warm Line:
1. A parent, or partner, who has had and recovered from a perinatal mental health complication.
2. Or – A licensed mental heath provider.
3. You have at least an hour a day available to answer phone calls during your scheduled shift.
4. You are at least one year postpartum.
5. You can make a year commitment.

About the training:
1. In person 3.5 hour training offered 3 times per year (September, January, and June)
2. 10 hours of independent learning at your own pace- includes videos and readings.
3. Ongoing training in perinatal mental health throughout the year- we highly encourage our Warm Line volunteers to attend our trainings throughout the year to learn more about the spectrum of perinatal mental health. As a benefit of being a PS-WA volunteer we offer attendance at our trainings free of charge.

For more information please contant Mia Edidin at

Best Practices in Prevention, Identification and Treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders @ Red Auditorium at EvergreenHealth
Oct 20 – Oct 21 all-day
Best Practices in Prevention, Identification and Treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders @ Red Auditorium at EvergreenHealth | Kirkland | Washington | United States

Learn how to effectively identify ad 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:

  • 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.
  • Understand the impact of birth experiences on postpartum emotional health.
  • Be knowledgeable about the impacts of perinatal mental health on families and communities.
  • Be knowledgeable about risk and symptoms of partners and fathers.
  • Know the components of a treatment plan.
  • Be able to effectively talk about, and screen new/expectant parents
  • Be knowledgeable about psychiatric medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Training is offered at $275 for both days or $145 each day.

We are approved for 11.5 CEUs for LICSW, LMHC, LMFT and  11.5 CEARPS for RNs.

Ample scholarships are available for those working with under-served populations. 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