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Perinatal Mental Health 10 Week Online Training Series

October 8 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

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One event on September 22, 2020 at 9:00 am


This 10 week series offers a forum to learn from experienced perinatal mental health specialists, delving into weekly topic areas through 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 week 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 week commitment. Each session will be 1.5 hours long and will consist of training on a specific PMAD topic. There will be a focus on a case study related to the week’s topic in order to highlight and incorporate the knowledge and skills learned through the reading and the training.


Trainers:  Mia Edidin, LICSW, Meyleen Velasquez, LCSW, LICSW, PMH-C, RPT-S & Guest Speakers


Dates and times:  Thursdays, 9:00 – 10:30am PST, starting October 8- December 17, 2020

    October 8, 15, 22, 29

    November 5, 12, 19 

    December 3, 10, 17, 2020

Continuing Education 

  • 15 CEUs approved for LICSWs, LMHCs, and LMFTs
  • This Program has been approved for 15 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.


  • $412 Regular Registration
  • $335 PS-WA Member
  • $206 Current PS-WA Volunteer

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

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

    Week 2 – Perinatal Depression

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

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

    Week 5 – Birth trauma

    Week 6 – Breastfeeding

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

    Week 8 – Medications during pregnancy and lactation.

    Week 9 – Supporting parents during and after the NICU

    Week 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.


Limited Scholarships available for those providers who meet the following requirements:
1. Take 1 or more Medicaid (Apple Health) plans and
2. Agree to continue to take new clients with Apple Health plans for a year.
3. Work within communities who have historically been underserved and have the necessary connection to serve families in those communities.

In the application you will be asked to 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.

Full and partial scholarships are available. To apply please follow this link to the application.
Deadline to apply: September 30, 2020


About the trainers:

Mia Edidin is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA. Mia has worked with families for more than 20 years, specializing in perinatal mental health. Mia is the Clinical Director at Perinatal Support WA a statewide non-profit dedicated to supporting families impacted by perinatal mental health complications and training professionals in best practices in the field. Mia is a master trainer in Group Peer Support for Perinatal Parents, an evidenced informed peer support group model and regularly presents on this model at conferences and trainings. In addition, Mia maintains a small private practice focused on perinatal mental health which helps her stay up to date on current issues impacting parents and keeps her clinical skills sharp.

Meyleen Velasquez is a psychotherapist specializing in perinatal mental health. Her practice supports individuals identifying as women and clinicians working on practicing from an anti-oppressive framework.


October 8
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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