Ask the Perinatal Psychiatrist - An Evening Clinical Discussion

Feb 10 2020

Ask the Perinatal Psychiatrist – An Evening Clinical Discussion

March 31, 2020 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm

SPEAKER: Amritha Bhat, MD, MPH

This evening clinical webinar is an interactive presentation and discussion focusing on medications for pregnant and postpartum parents and the unique role of the perinatal mental health therapist in supporting new parents.  This presentation will not be an overview of medications during the perinatal period, and instead will focus on common medication related treatment issues that arise for clients and are often asked of the therapist- these include common experiences of beginning medication, common/uncommon side effects and managing side effects, when and how to taper off medications, addressing symptoms that may come back, managing side effects of tapering, when medication doesnt help, and more.

Additionally,  Dr Bhat will draw from her practice and address the common questions and concerns she sees from parents. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance via the registration form, as well as come with questions.  This is not a case discussion, but common scenarios are welcome.

6:30 Networking and Registration
6:45- 8:30 training

Free to current Perinatal Support Washington Members and Volunteers, $20 registration fee for others.


  • Be able to have an informed conversation with clients about beginning or discontinuing medication.
  • Understanding common and rare side effects and be able to provide psycho-education and/or appropriate referral back to medical provider.
  • Be knowledgeable about medications during the perinatal period.


  • 1.75 CEUs approved for LICSWs, LMHCs, and LMFTs
  • 1.75 Contact hours are available for RNs
  • This Program has been approved for 1.75 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.
  • Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17084 for 1.75 contact hours.

About Amritha Bhat:
Dr. Bhat is a perinatal psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington.

She earned her medical degree from Bangalore Medical College, India, and completed a psychiatry residency in St. Johns Medical College, India. She completed a second residency in Psychiatry with a focus on womens mental health and integrated care from the University of Washington, and a fellowship in Primary Care in Psychiatry.

Dr. Bhat  also earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of Washington School of Public Health. She is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

This training and our Perinatal Support Washington Evening Clinical Training series is cosponsored by Simkin Center at Bastyr University.

Perinatal Support Washington is a state-wide non-profit dedicated to shining a light on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.