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Promoting Parental Resilience (Mental Health Providers in King Co Only)

July 22 @ 9:00 am - July 23 @ 5:00 pm


The Parent Education & Resilience Collaborative (PERC) Presents:
Promoting Parental Resilience through the Childbearing Period; Supporting Parents with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

A New Training Program for Mental Health Providers funded by Best Starts for Kids to provide workforce development to providers in King County.

July 22nd  9:00am – 5:00pm

July 23rd  9:00am – 5:00pm

Online via Zoom.

Learn how to effectively identify, support and care for parents experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This two-day training is appropriate for mental health providers who work with childbearing people in King Co.

This training is designed to provide mental health therapists with a comprehensive understanding of and intervention for perinatal mental health complications. This training will have a focus on mental health care that is culturally responsive and sensitive.  Learn how to provide meaningful and respectful care,  learn to create culturally attuned wellness plans that include effective self-care and wellness strategies,  learn about effective evidenced based interventions to treat perinatal mental health complications, and provide important psycho-education to parents to help them learn about often misunderstood experiences in the perinatal period.

“Promoting Parental Resilience” training will be co-facilitated by Meyleen Velasquez, LICSW and Mia Edidin, LICSW. It will have a dual focus on training for Providers of Color serving their communities and for white providers serving families cross-culturally. Any provider interested in serving childbearing families in a culturally relevant way is welcome, we will provide support for providers to approach perinatal mental health work with cultural humility and sensitivity.”

Program Objectives:
Support mental health therapists already serving childbearing people to better treat perinatal mental health complications such as postpartum depression/anxiety/trauma/etc.
Provide high quality perinatal mental health support to communities that have systematically lacked access to this specialized care.
Train professionals of color working within their communities, to increase access to culturally matched services.

This training is provided by Mia Edidin, LICSW and Meyleen Velasquez, LICSW

Optional Learning Collaboratives: Once a Month June- Dec
Following attendance at the 2-day training we invite professionals who would like to deepen their practice, to join small group learning collaboratives. Collaboratives will provide a community of practice for 6-12 mental health professionals working within similar communities. Each small group will meet monthly and you must be available for all sessions.

Learning Collaborative Goals:
Create resources (materials, handouts, screenings) that are tailored to the specific communities being served (e.g. Black/African American Families, Latinx/Spanish Speaking Families, etc.).
Receive consultation from perinatal mental health specialists and peers around applying learning from 2 day training in working with clients.
Small groups will be facilitated by perinatal mental health specialists, and when possible will be providers of color that match the specific community being served. We plan to have 4 separate collaboratives focusing on specific groups of providers. Examples include- Black/African American Mental Health Providers, Spanish Speaking Mental Health Providers, White Mental Health Providers in community mental health settings, etc.

Qualifications for Applying
Professionals currently serving pregnant and postpartum people in King County only.
Professionals working within communities that have systematically lacked access to perinatal mental health support (immigrants and refugees, families of color, families whose primary language is not English, Indigenous families, parents who identify as LGBTQA, rural areas).
Professionals who are currently working with low income, Medicaid eligible families.

Continuing Education Credit
13.5 CEUs approved for MSWs, MAs, MFTs.
13.5 Contact hours for RNs: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17084 for 13.5 contact hours.

This Program has been approved for 13.5 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.
This training also meets the training requirements for the national Perinatal Mental Health Certification through Postpartum Support International.



Meyleen Velasquez, LCSW, PMH-C, RPT-S
Meyleen is a Latinx psychotherapist specializing in perinatal and infant mental health. She is a social work doctoral student focusing her research on anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices in mental health. Her practice supports individuals identifying as women and clinicians working on practicing from an anti-oppressive framework. She sits on the Board of the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health and has served as the Chair for the Florida Chapter of Postpartum Support International and as the past President of the Florida Association for Play Therapy. She enjoys training, speaking, and writing and believes that the more we can support each other, the better for our communities.

Mia Edidin, LICSW
Mia Edidin is a clinical social worker and the Clinical Director at Perinatal Support WA. Mia has worked with families for more than 20 years, primarily with childbearing people, specializing in pregnancy and postpartum emotional adjustment. Mia has worked with childbearing people as a doula, lay midwifery apprentice and as a psychotherapist in home visiting, community mental health, and in private practice.  As the Clinical Director at PS-WA Mia provides clinical oversight to all of PS-WA programs, trains providers in the community, and envisions perinatal mental health services and systems that support all parents.

This free training is part of the Perinatal Education & Resilience Collaborative (PERC) Program funded by a grant from Best Starts for Kids (BSK).

This is a live virtual training and we will not be sending out a recording after the training.

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July 22 @ 9:00 am
July 23 @ 5:00 pm
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