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Promoting Parental Resilience (Community Care Providers in King Co Only)

May 18 @ 9:00 am - May 24 @ 5:00 pm


Parent Education & Resilience Collaborative (PERC) Presents:
A New Training Program for Care Providers of Childbearing Families

Funded by Best Starts for Kids to provide workforce development to providers in King County.

Promoting Parental Resilience through the Childbearing Period; 2 day Training for Care Providers on Supporting Parents with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
May 18th 9:00 am – 5:00pm
May 24th  9:00am- 5:00 pm
Online via Zoom.

This training is currently full, please apply below to be added to the waitlist only if you are a BIPOC provider.

Learn how to effectively identify, support and care for parents experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This two-day training is appropriate for a range of providers who work with childbearing people in King Co (home visitors, doulas, community health workers, midwives).

This training is designed to support care providers with a comprehensive understanding of support, and intervention (within scope) to clients at risk for and/or experiencing perinatal mental health complications that is culturally responsive and sensitive to the reality that formal mental health service can be difficult to navigate, are not culturally sensitive, and that many care providers are supporting families who may be struggling with emotional health complications. Learn how to provide meaningful and respectful screening, learn to create culturally attuned wellness plans that include effective self-care and wellness strategies to treat perinatal mental health complications, and provide continuing support to parents.

Program Objectives:
Support local programs serving childbearing people to support parents’ emotional health
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.

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 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.
Provide Consultation and peer sharing around applying learning from 2 day training with clients.
Small groups will be facilitated by a perinatal mental health specialists, and when possible will be providers from identified communities (Latinx, Provider of Color, etc).

Qualifications for Applying
Professional 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

Hourly stipends to attend the learning collaborative may be available for professionals who are not compensated by their place of work, program or practice, and who would otherwise not be able to attend the learning collaboratives due to financial limitations to cover costs such as childcare, etc. Full time employees, or employees attending this training as part of their job are not eligible for funding. There is no funding to attend the two day training.


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 Sayida Peprah
Dr. Sayida Peprah is both a licensed clinical psychologist and birth doula, with over 10 years of experience in both fields. She specializes in multicultural psychology, trauma, suicide prevention, and maternal mental health. Dr. Sayida has a multi-faceted career as a psychologist, diversity and cross-cultural educator, and community-based doula program director. Dr. Sayida is also the Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization Diversity Uplifts, Inc., whose mission is “fostering diversity and supporting communities and the providers who serve them.”

An advocate for human rights in childbirth, Dr. Sayida is a member of the Black Women Birthing Justice Collective and a Collaborator with the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, promoting research, education, and community-based services to positively transform the birthing experiences of Black families. Dr. Sayida has served and continues to serve on advisory committees including Perinatal Equity Initiative Committees, and formerly the California Maternal Suicide Review Committee and others aimed at identifying key risks and opportunities for quality improvement and prevention around disparities.

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.


May 18 @ 9:00 am
May 24 @ 5:00 pm
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