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

April 7 @ 9:00 am - April 9 @ 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.

April 7th 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
April 9th  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
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.

Program Objectives:
Support mental health therapists already serving childbearing people to better treat perinatal mental health complications such as postpartum depression/anxeity/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 lead by BIPOC Perinatal Mental Health Specialists: Meyleen Valesquez, LICSW and Dr Kendra Carter- Flores (see below for full bios)
Any provider is welcome to attend this training where BIPOC providers’ and families’ experiences will be centered.

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 Meyleen Valesquez for Spanish Speaking Providers and Dr Flores- Carter for Black Providers.

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 pending 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 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.

Dr. Kendra Flores-Carter

Kendra is a Published Author, Professor of Social Work at California Baptist University and a Researcher in the Social and Behavioral Science. An advocate for social justice and change, she has dedicated her career to helping bring awareness to disparities in health and various issues affecting women and children. A former Medical Social Worker for over 10 years she was tasked to provide services to children suffering from trauma related to child abuse and women experiencing significant life crisis such as Intimate Partner Violence, Substance Abuse Complications, Incarceration, Homelessness, and Mental Illness. Locally, nationally, and internationally Dr. Flores-Carter has presented her research, trained professionals, and facilitated workshops on various health related topics. Dr. Flores-Carter is the current President of the Postpartum Support International California State Chapter and Co-Chairs the Inland Empire Maternal Mental Health Collaborative. She is the founder of the Janet Don’t Cry Foundation a non-profit dedicated to providing education, support, and resources on health needs globally.

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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April 7 @ 9:00 am
April 9 @ 5:00 pm
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