Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Training and Consultation Group - Mount Vernon

Feb 15 2016

Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Training and Consultation Group – Mount Vernon

December 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Downstairs Conference Room
325 Pine St. Mount Vernon
WA 98273
$75 per month. Pay in full or set up payments.

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 Michelle Anderson, LMHC

Consultation meetings are on the 1st Thursday of each month, 9am-11am. The group will start December 5, 2019 and run through August.

*For unlicensed clinicians this program does not meet requirements for supervision.
*Fee: $75/consult session
*To reserve your spot please pay $150 or pay in full ($750)
*The consult groups require a commitment of all 10 monthly consultation meetings

Format & Content:
Each meeting is 2 hours long. The first hour will have a discussion on a perinatal mental health topic with assigned readings. The second hour will be case consultation discussion.

Topics and dates:
Dec 5      Adjustment issues:  addressing ‘shoulds’ and unrealistic expectations of American mothering.
Dec 5       Perinatal Depression
Jan 2       Perinatal Anxiety, Intrusive/scary thoughts, OCD
Feb 6       Perinatal management of bipolar disorder and postpartum psychosis.
March 5  Birth trauma
April 2    Breastfeeding and perinatal mental health.
May 7      Perinatal loss: miscarriage, stillbirth, preparing for pregnancy after loss.
June 4     Medications during pregnancy and lactation.
July 2      Supporting parents during and after the NICU.
Aug 6      Sexual abuse survivors and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Limited Scholarships available for those providers who meet the following requirements:
1. Work in Skagit County,
2. Take 1 or more Medicaid (Apple Health) plans and
3. Have availability in their schedule and agree to continue to take new clients with Apple Health plans.

Consideration is given to applicants who already provide services to families at risk for, or experiencing perinatal mental health complications, in underserved communities and who display the skills and connections needed to serve women and families in those communities. Please write a brief statement about how this training will be used in your practice, how you plan to provide services to underserved communities, and how you hope this training will impact your community or community you serve. Please be sure to include details about how you meet the 3 criteria listed above.  The scholarship will cover up to $600 of the $750 fee program fee, the participant will be responsible for the initial $150 registration fee.  To apply, please email a statement to with “Skagit Consult Group Scholarship” in the subject line.

Continuing Education information:

  • 20 CEUs are approved for LICWs, LMHCs, and LMFTs: “This Program has been approved for 20 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.”
  • 20 contact hours for RNs: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17084 for 20 contact hours. CEUs are based on attendance (2 CEUs per 2 hour meeting).
  • 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 Wahsington at the completion of the year-long program.  CEUs are based on attendance (2 CEUs per 2 hour meeting).

Michelle Anderson 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 in perinatal mental health, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Lifespan Integration and yoga into 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, and a trainer for Perinatal Support Washington on issues related to perinatal mental health throughout the Pacific Northwest.