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Pregnancy Loss for Psychotherapists: Tools, Clinical Skills and Diagnostic Controversies

August 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - August 26, 2020 @ 12:30 pm


Presenter: Deborah Rich, PhD, LP

This 4 week webinar is intended for therapists. PS-WA is hosting a half day training for others who work with families during the perinatal period, information and registration on that training can be found here.

Did you know?

20-25% of all pregnancies do not survive to a healthy live birth. Therefore, most psychotherapists treating adults in their reproductive years will encounter this tragic experience. The ideal course of treatment is for the client to remain with his or her trusted psychotherapist as long as the therapist has basic competency in care following pregnancy loss. The overall therapeutic goal is healthy integration of this traumatic experience.

This small group intensive workshop provides a foundation of essential medical knowledge to build specialty skills in clinical evaluation and intervention. This extremely sensitive material is presented in a safe and supportive environment which facilitates participant learning, self-awareness and self-care. Lecture and video will address these topics: best practice in the medical setting, medical terminology and procedures, patterns of perinatal grief, normal trajectory of grief and differential diagnosis. Case examples are used to illustrate psychotherapeutic interventions with an emphasis on differences by gender, culture, religion and sexual orientation.

Dates: Wednesdays, August 5- August 26, 9:00am – 12:30pm PST via Zoom

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe standard medical interventions for miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and stillbirth.
  • Describe standard in-hospital support care and options for creating memories.
  • Describe basic standards for handling fetal remains.
  • Define developmental steps toward parent identity and attachment.
  • Describe pregnancy loss within the context of trauma, depression and anxiety.
  • Identify major clinical strategies which anticipate a normal trajectory of grief.
  • Develop a resource list for in person, online, and biblio support.

Continuing Education Information:

  • 12 CEUs approved for LICSWs, LMHCs, and LMFTs
  • This training is approved as an advanced course for the Postpartum Support International Certification in Perinatal Mental Health.
  • This Program has been approved for 12 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.

Training Cost:

  • $306 (includes all fees) General
  • $286 (includes all fees) PS-WA Members
  • $182 (includes all fees) PS-WA Warm Line & Support Group Volunteers
  • Limited Scholarships Available

About the Presenter:
Deborah Rich, PhD, LP is a Minnesota psychologist with over 30 years of specialty experience providing patient care, professional training and program development. Deb founded the Shoshana Center for Reproductive Health Psychology in 1995, and launched MommaCareTM Training and Outreach Consultation in 2014. Deb was the Coordinator of Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Mental Health a Fairview Health Services from 1999 2013 when the department was eliminated. She was a founding board member of the Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance in 2002 and continues as an active member of the education committee. Deb has also served on the boards of North American Psychosocial OB/Gyn and Minnesota Women Psychologists. She is a frequent lecturer at local and national workshops and has trained 14 cohorts with her MommaCareTM model.

Scholarship information:
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.

Full and partial scholarships are available. To apply please follow this link to the application. 
Deadline to apply: June 23 and July 13, 2020

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.


August 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am
August 26, 2020 @ 12:30 pm
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