Continuing Education

Trainings hosted by Perinatal Support Washington are featured below.
In addition, continuing education courses on mood and anxiety disorders are available from the following organizations.

Looking for a custom training for your staff?  Get in touch with us, we offer a ride range of trainings with CEUs.

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Best Practices in Prevention, Identification and Treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders – Tri-Cities @ Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Columbia Conference Rm
Jan 30 @ 9:00 am – Jan 31 @ 5:00 pm

2 Day Training on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Thursday, January 30th – 9am-5:15pm; registration opens at 8:30
Friday, January 31st – 9am-5pm; registration opens at 8:30

Learn how to effectively identify and screen parents experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This two-day training is appropriate for a range of providers, including OBs, pediatricians, midwives, RNs, social workers, mental health therapists, doulas, public health employees, home visitors, IBCLCs, and more.

This training is offered by Perinatal Support WA through a grant from Strengthening Families Washington at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) and generously hosted by Kadlec Regional Medical Center.

Afternoon Breakout for Prescribers Only: Thursday, January 30th – 9am-5:15pm; registration opens at 8:30, see below for information on the afternoon breakout for prescribers.

Objectives of this training:
Thursday, January 30th: Basic Topics

  • Understand the “real” transition to parenthood.
  • Know the spectrum of perinatal mental health disorders.
  • Know the risk factors for PMADs.
  • Know key prevention strategies.
  • Understand high risk populations and health disparities.
  • Become knowledgeable about the impacts of perinatal mental health
    on families and communities.
  • Know the components of a treatment plan.
  • Be able to effectively talk about, and screen new/expectant
    parents for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Friday, January 31st: Advanced Topics

  • Understand the impact of birth experiences on postpartum
    emotional health.
  • Become knowledgeable about risk and symptoms for partners and
  • Become knowledgeable about psychiatric medications during pregnancy
    and breastfeeding.
  • Become knowledgeable about supporting families in the NICU
  • Become knowledgeable about feeding issues and perinatal mental health.
  • Understand the impact on infant and children.
  • Understand impacts on partners and relationships.

More than a two day training, we hope this will begin an ongoing conversation and collaboration with partners in Washington, particularly those representing under-served communities. Please contact us for more information.

Trainers- Heidi Koss, LMHC and Mia Edidin, LICSW

Lunch Provided

Continuing Education Credit:

  • 13.5 CEUs are pending 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 meets the CEU requirements to become a Professional Member listed on the Perinatal Support WA website provider page. See here for more information:

Heidi Koss, LMHC is a psychotherapist in private practice, serving individuals, couples and families, with an emphasis on pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, birth trauma, as well as treating other related birth issues.

Heidi has contributed to the field of perinatal mental health in many ways over her career. She is the Co-Founder of the Northwest Association for Postpartum Support (NAPS). She served on the WA state leadership advisory committee for the Speak Up When Youre Down Postpartum Depression Awareness Campaign and has been an instructor at the Seattle Midwifery School for their PPMD course. She has collaborated on a PPMD training curriculum with the University of WA School of Nursing Infant Mental Health and Development Program and the Washington State Department of Health First Steps Division. She has been a Certified Postpartum Doula and Certified Lactation Educator for over twelve years, and the recipient of the prestigious DONA International Penny Simkin Award in 2006. Heidi is also the proud mother of 2 beautiful daughters.

Mia Edidn 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.



THURSDAY JAN 30th 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Lunch Provided

UW perinatal psychiatrists, Drs. Amritha Bhat and Deborah Cowley, will lead a prescriber-tailored breakout session from 1:00 – 5:00 pm on January 30, that includes presentations, case examples, and interactive small group exercises focused on screening, treatment (including psychopharmacology), and informed consent during the perinatal period.

Topics will include:
differential diagnosis, risks of untreated mental disorders versus risks/benefits of psychotropic medication use during pregnancy and lactation, and informed consent discussions with pregnant and breastfeeding women regarding commonly used psychotropic medications.

Continuing Education:
The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

There is no continuing education credit available to prescribers for the general introduction to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders portion of the training.

About Deborah S. Cowley
Deborah Cowley, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist at UWMC-Roosevelt and a UW professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Cowley has expertise evaluating and treating women who have mental health issues during pregnancy and postpartum, and throughout their life cycle, including premenstrual and menopause-related psychiatric symptoms. She also has expertise evaluating and treating anxiety disorders and depression. She believes it is important to understand the biological, psychological and social aspects of a patients emotional disorders. She enjoys educating patients and having them participate in their own treatment whenever possible.

Dr. Cowley earned her M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical interests include anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, obsessive compulsive and related disorders, panic disorder, postpartum depression, evidence-based medicine, maternal mental health and womens health.

Dr. Bhat is a perinatal psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

She earned her medical degree from Bangalore Medical College, India, and completed a psychiatry residency in St. Johns Medical College, India. She completed a second residency in Psychiatry with a focus on womens mental health and integrated care from the University of Washington, and a fellowship in Primary Care in Psychiatry.

Dr. Bhat also earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of Washington School of Public Health. She is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.