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Interpersonal Psychotherapy for the Perinatal Period

March 4 @ 9:00 am - March 8 @ 5:00 pm


During this 2 day training participants will learn the basics of Brief Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), an evidenced based practice, effective in reducing depression during the perinatal period. IPT is based on the idea that interpersonal issues are linked to depressed moods and that depression can make relationships with others more difficult. The training will start off with learning a culturally relevant engagement session to understand the client’s experience seeking help and address barriers that may get in the way of accessing mental health treatment. This small training is open to a limited number of community providers.

Presenters: Mary Curran, MSW, LICSW & Nancy K.  Gote, PhD


  • Thursday, March 4, 9am-5pm PST
  • Monday, March 8, 9am-5pm PST

Location: Zoom


Learning Objectives:

  1. Build skills in engagement strategies to address barriers to treatment 
  2. Learn the basics of Brief IPT with perinatal clients and families
  3. Deepen knowledge of IPT theory, principles, & targets 
  4. Apply Brief IPT knowledge in work with clients during the perinatal period by using IPT tactics, strategies and techniques


Continuing Education Information:

  • 13 CEUs pending for LICWs, LMHCs, and LMFTs


This small training is open to a limited number of community providers at a reduced rate of $250.


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


About the Presenters:

Ms. Curran, MSW, LICSW is a research therapist, care manager & supervisor at the University of Washington with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and MOMCare program. Ms. Curran is the clinical supervisor for Promoting Healthy Families (PHF), a feasibility study, looking at whether the addition of an interpersonally-oriented educational program, will help mothers with substance use disorders in the Washington State Parent Child Assistance Program (PCAP) who also have high level of depression and anxiety feel less stressed, increase their social support & be better equipped to be the kind of moms they want to be.  Ms. Curran has been with MOMCare since 2009, having worked as a therapist on the NIMH funded intervention study utilizing a culturally relevant engagement session and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), in the treatment of depression during the perinatal period for women on Medicaid & is currently an IPT consultant for University of Denver’s Care Project, a NIMH funded RTC, looking at whether reducing maternal depressive symptoms during pregnancy benefits child brain and behavioral development. In addition, Ms. Curran brings expertise in treating depression & chronic pain in neuro rehab populations where she works on numerous research projects helping patients with traumatic brain injuries and multiple sclerosis learn strategies to better manage chronic pain. In terms research, Ms. Curran’s focus is on improving access to evidence based psychotherapies using a collaborative care approach to underserved populations, particularly in the area of perinatal mental health and neurorehabilitation.

Nancy K. Grote brings 27 years of clinical research experience to this work and have previously received a Career Development Award (K23) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She has had extensive experience conducting observational studies focused on understanding the practical, psychological, cultural and structural barriers to care for difficult-to-reach, depressed, socio-economically disadvantaged childbearing and childrearing women. Utilizing this information Grote, along with her colleagues, developed an empirically supported, pre-treatment engagement session based on principles of motivation interviewing and ethnographic interviewing to engage pregnant, depressed minority and white women living in poverty in culturally relevant, evidence-based psychotherapy for depression. In particular, during the period funded by her K23 career development award, Grote and her team tested this culturally relevant treatment model consisting of a pre-treatment engagement session; 8 weekly sessions of brief interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for depression, followed by monthly maintenance sessions, and case management. Findings from the randomized controlled trial showed that assignment of pregnant, depressed women to the engagement plus brief IPT group relative to usual care (UC) was associated with 1) greater attendance at an initial treatment session and increased treatment retention and 2) reduction in levels of maternal symptoms and functioning prior to child-birth and at 6 months postpartum (Grote et al., 2009). Grote was the Principal Investigator of the NIMH-funded MOMCare Program (1R01MH084897) at the University of Washington School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry, which provided evidence-based treatments for perinatal depression to diverse, underserved, low-income women receiving public health services in Seattle and King County, WA.  She has published extensively on 1) adapting evidence-based models of depression care to be relevant both to the culture of poverty and to the culture of race or ethnicity (Grote et al., 2008), 2) developing an engagement strategy, based on motivational and ethnographic interviewing, to engage and retain difficult-to-reach individuals with depression into mental health care (Grote et al., 2007), 3) developing and disseminating effective and cost effective treatments (such as Brief IPT) for antenatal depression for socio-economically disadvantaged women in OB/Gyn clinics and the public health system (Grote et al., 2015; 2016; 2017); and 4) conducting a meta-analysis on the relation between antenatal depression and adverse birth outcomes (Grote et al., 2010). Grote is committed to disseminating Brief IPT and to training community providers in engagement and Brief IPT.



March 4 @ 9:00 am
March 8 @ 5:00 pm
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