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10 Month Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Training and Case Consultation

June 16 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

FOR: Pierce Co Mental Health Therapists

This 10 month series offers a forum to learn from experienced perinatal mental health specialists, delving into PMH topic areas through both didactic training and case study discussions. If you have attended our 2 day Best Practices in Prevention, Identification, and Treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Training, this 10 month training is a great next step in continuing to learn about perinatal mental health issues.

This training is suitable for all mental health practitioners and requires a 10 month commitment. Each session will be 2 hours long and will consist of:  1 hour training on a specific PMAD topic and 1 hour of case consultation.  Case consultation will help clinicians implement and incorporate the knowledge and skills learned through the reading and the training.


Trainer:  Michelle Anderson, LMHC

Dates and times:  3rd Wednesday of the month beginning June 16th

Dates: June 16th, July 21st, Aug 18th, Sept 15th, Oct 20th, Nov 17th, Dec 15th, Jan 19th, Feb 16th, March 16th

Location: Zoom

Continuing Education 

  • 20 CEUs approved for LICSWs, LMHCs, and LMFTs
  • This training is approved as an advanced course for the Postpartum Support International Certification in Perinatal Mental Health.
  • Continuing Education is provided by Perinatal Support of Washington at the completion of the program.  CEUs are based on attendance (2 CEUs per 2 hour meeting).

Cost: FREE 
**Project funding comes from partnership between Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and Washington State Department of Health to support mental health well-being efforts in response to challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Course Outline: (please note all topics will be covered but might move around)

    Month 1 – Adjustment issues, maternal shoulds and shame issues in American society

    Month 2 – Perinatal Depression

    Month 3 –  Anxiety – Intrusive and scary thoughts, OCD, OCD and scary thoughts

    Month 4 – Perinatal management of bipolar disorder and postpartum psychosis.

    Month 5 – Birth trauma

    Month 6 – Breastfeeding

    Month 7 – Perinatal loss: miscarriage, stillbirth, preparing for pregnancy after loss and risk for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

    Month 8 – Medications during pregnancy and lactation.

    Month 9 – Supporting parents during and after the NICU

    Month 10 – Special considerations for sexual abuse survivors and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, birth issues and parenting issues. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to accurately identify, assess and treat perinatal depression, perinatal anxiety, adjustment issues, perinatal bipolar disorder, postpartum psychosis and birth trauma.
  • Understand when breastfeeding is protective and when it is a risk factor for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
  • Understand how perinatal loss impacts the risk for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
  • Understand the special considerations for perinatal medication management.
  • Understand how to accurately identify, assess and treat  sexual abuse survivors for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Questions regarding the training, please email: training@perinatalsupport.org

Eligibility for attending: 

  1. You are a clinician providing mental health services IN Pierce County.
  2. You work at a community mental health agency or if you are in private practice you take at least one Apple Health Insurance Plan and are accepting new clients.
  3. And have taken one of the listed (or an equivalent perinatal Mental Health 2-day training) in the last 1-2 years:
    – Promoting Parental Resilience (PS-WA)
    – 1 or 2-Day Best Practices in Prevention, Identification and Treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PS-WA)
    – PSI’s 2 Day PMAD training
    – 2020 Mom Perinatal Mental Health Training


About the trainer:

Michelle Anderson: Michelle Anderson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is Perinatal Mental Health Certified. She is the owner of Mobile Mama Therapy, Whatcom County’s Perinatal Mental Health Specialists, located in Bellingham, WA. Michelle provides counseling to women through their winding journey of motherhood as well as supervision, consultation and training related to perinatal mental health throughout the Pacific Northwest.


June 16
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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