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Best Practices in Prevention, Identification & Treatment of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders for East African Parents

June 15 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


For WA state providers who serve East African families. This training will provide an overview of the spectrum of perinatal mental health through a cultural lense & how the pandemic has impacted the East African community. Attendees will learn how to effectively screen parents, how to make effective referrals when there are few mental health resources, & how to talk with parents about their mental health & support parents in making choices about their mental health. This training is appropriate for a range of professionals who work with East African parents & people in the perinatal period including pediatricians, primary care providers, RNs, therapists, peers, home visitors, doulas, community health workers & midwives.

Date: June 15, 2022

Time: 9am-5pm PST

Trainer: Dr. Sayida Peprah, PsyD

Location: Zoom

Cost: FREE

Training Objectives:

  • Introduce and discuss the spectrum of mental health disorders through a cultural lens
  • Understand the “real” transition to parenthood
  • Assess and screen parents and partners for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders by identifying symptoms
  • Identify experiences that increase risk
  • Effectively make referrals and support parents to access resources
  • Learn about the importance of self-care, wellness and social support
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Continuing Education Credit:

  • 6.5 CEUs approved for MSWs, MAs, MFTs.
  • This Program has been approved for 6.5 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.
  • 6.5 Contact hours approved for RNs: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17084 for 6.5 contact hours.

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

This is a live virtual training and a recording will not be sent out after the training, please only register if you are able to attend the training in its entirety.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Sayida Peprah is both a licensed clinical psychologist and trained birth doula. She specializes in multicultural psychology, trauma, suicide prevention and maternal mental health. Dr. Sayida has a multifaceted career as a psychologist having worked in community-based, in-home, psychiatric hospital, correctional and private practice settings. She is also a trainer and consultant on topics of cultural humility, implicit bias and trauma as they impact mental and maternal health. Dr. Sayida is the founder of the non-profit organization Diversity Uplifts, Inc. Dr. Sayida’s work in maternal health include serving as a doula trainer/mentor, maternal mental health and cultural competency consultant for perinatal health programs in Southern California (Frontline Doulas, Sankofa Birthworkers Collective). Dr. Sayida is also an active member of the Black Women Birthing Justice Collective and a Collaborator with the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, promoting research, education and community-based services to positively transform birthing experiences of black families. Dr. Sayida has served and
continues to serve on advisory committees to improve maternal health including the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (Maternal Suicide Review Committee 2018-2019 & Maternal Mortality Review Committee 2020- Present), Perinatal Equity Initiative
Committees of San Bernardino and Riverside County (2019- Present), and others aimed at identifying key risks and opportunities for quality improvement and prevention around disparities. Dr. Sayida is dedicated to contributing her expertise to uplift the community and improve the effectiveness of health care and social support services.

This free training is offered by Perinatal Support WA through a grant from Strengthening Families Washington at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).


June 15
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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