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.

Perinatal Support Washington is not responsible for the contents of any the websites and inclusion in this list does not indicate that Perinatal Support Washington is endorsing the policies, procedures, or views contained therein.

 

Mar
31
Tue
2020
Ask the Perinatal Psychiatrist – An Evening Clinical Discussion @ Webinar
Mar 31 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm

SPEAKER: Amritha Bhat, MD, MPH

This evening clinical webinar is an interactive presentation and discussion focusing on medications for pregnant and postpartum parents and the unique role of the perinatal mental health therapist in supporting new parents.  This presentation will not be an overview of medications during the perinatal period, and instead will focus on common medication related treatment issues that arise for clients and are often asked of the therapist- these include common experiences of beginning medication, common/uncommon side effects and managing side effects, when and how to taper off medications, addressing symptoms that may come back, managing side effects of tapering, when medication doesnt help, and more.

Additionally,  Dr Bhat will draw from her practice and address the common questions and concerns she sees from parents. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance via the registration form, as well as come with questions.  This is not a case discussion, but common scenarios are welcome.

6:30 Networking and Registration
6:45- 8:30 training

Free to current Perinatal Support Washington Members and Volunteers, $20 registration fee for others.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Be able to have an informed conversation with clients about beginning or discontinuing medication.
  • Understanding common and rare side effects and be able to provide psycho-education and/or appropriate referral back to medical provider.
  • Be knowledgeable about medications during the perinatal period.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • 1.75 CEUs approved for LICSWs, LMHCs, and LMFTs
  • 1.75 Contact hours are available for RNs
  • This Program has been approved for 1.75 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.
  • Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17084 for 1.75 contact hours.

About Amritha Bhat:
Dr. Bhat is a perinatal psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington.

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.

This training and our Perinatal Support Washington Evening Clinical Training series is cosponsored by Simkin Center at Bastyr University.

Perinatal Support Washington is a state-wide non-profit dedicated to shining a light on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Apr
30
Thu
2020
Pregnancy Loss for Psychotherapists: Tools, Clinical Skills and Diagnostic Controversies @ 2100 Building, Community Room B, Seattle
Apr 30 @ 8:30 am – May 1 @ 4:30 pm

Presenter: Deborah Rich, PhD, LP

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.

This training 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.

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.

Registration 8:00am
Training will start promptly at 8:30 and end at 4:30 both days

Morning pastries, tea, coffee and afternoon snacks included.
Lunch is on your own

Continuing Education Information:

  • 13 CEUs are pending for LICSWs, LMHCs, and LMFTs
  • This training is approved as an advanced course for the Postpartum Support International
    Certification in Perinatal Mental Health.

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: March 23rd and April 6, 2020

May
4
Mon
2020
Strengthening the Pregnancy and Newborn Loss Support Team: A Training for Childbirth Professionals @ 2100 Building, Community Rm B, Seattle
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Presenter: Deborah Rich, PhD, LP

Did you know?

20– 25% of all pregnancies do not survive to a healthy live birth. Therefore, most
childbirth caregivers and educators will encounter this tragic experience during the course of their
careers. The ideal scenario is for the trusted professional team to be prepared to provide both
immediate and ongoing support. If more intensive care is needed, a mental health professional can be
added to provide consultation or direct care. The overall goal for healing is healthy integration of this
traumatic experience within a stable support system.

This extremely sensitive material is presented in a safe and supportive environment which facilitates
participant learning and self-awareness. Lecture, video and discussion will cover:

  • Current evidence-based practice in the healthcare setting
  • Delivering bad news
  • Facilitating joint decision-making
  • Providing anticipatory guidance along the journey
  • Risk factors for depression and anxiety
  • Impact on living children and on the subsequent pregnancy

This training is for anyone working with families during the perinatal period including: midwives, RNs, social workers, doulas, lactation support, MDs, and more. PS-WA is also holding a two day training specifically for psychotherapists on perinatal loss. Please see the training information and registration here.

Objectives:

  • Define developmental process of parent identity and attachment
  • Describe in-hospital best practice for supportive care following early and late pregnancy loss.
  • Describe how guided participation helps patients anticipate a normal trajectory of grief.
  • Identify 3 signs which indicate a need for more intensive intervention

Registration, pastries and coffee and tea at 8:30am
Training will start promptly at 9:00am

Continuing Education Information:

  • 3.25 CEUs approved for LICSWs, LMHCs, and LMFTs
  • 3.25 Contact hours are available for RNs
  • This Program has been approved for 3.25 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.
  • Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17084 for 3.25 contact hours.

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.

Jun
10
Wed
2020
Best Practices in Prevention, Identification and Treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders – Olympia @ Thurston County Fairgrounds - Expo Center
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – Jun 11 @ 5:00 pm

Two Day Training for everyone:
Wednesday, June 10th – 9am-5:15pm; registration opens at 8:30
Thursday, June 11th – 9am-5pm; registration opens at 8:30

PRESCRIBER focused break out:
Wednesday, June 10th – 12:00pm – 5:00pm
For MDs, ARNPs, DOs, NPs, OBs, PCPs and pediatricians
See below for more information on the prescriber breakout.

This free training is offered by Perinatal Support WA through a grant from Strengthening Families Washington at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) and UW Medicine and generously hosted by Nurse Family Partnership Thurston County Public Health.

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.

Objectives of this training:
Day 1: 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.

Day 2: Advanced Topics

  • Understand the impact of birth experiences on postpartum emotional health.
  • Become knowledgeable about risk and symptoms for partners and fathers.
  • 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.

Trainers-  Heidi Koss, LMHC and Leslie Butterfield

Lunch Provided

Continuing Education Credit:

  • 13.5 CEUs pending for MSWs, MAs, MFTs. 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.
  • 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.

PRESCRIBER FOCUSED BREAKOUT SESSION:
UW perinatal psychiatrists, Drs. Amritha Bhat and Deborah Cowley, will lead a prescriber-tailored breakout session, that includes presentations, case examples, and interactive small group exercises focused on screening, treatment (including psychopharmacology), and informed consent during the perinatal period.

The breakout session that will focus on:

  • Process of differential diagnosis of common mental disorders in the perinatal period.
  • Risks of untreated mental disorders and risks of psychotropic medication use during pregnancy and lactation.
  • Informed consent discussions with pregnant and breastfeeding women regarding commonly used psychotropic medications.

Speakers: AMRITHA BHAT, MD MPH & DEB COWLEY, MD

CME HOURS FOR PRESCRIBER BREAKOUT SESSION:

  • 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.

About the Speakers:
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.

Leslie Butterfield, PhD is a clinical psychologist who specializes in pregnancy and postpartum issues. At her Seattle, WA private practice she works with moms and couples struggling with pregnancy and neonatal loss, the transition to parenthood, pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, and birth related trauma.  Additionally, she has designed and taught the counseling skills curriculum for Seattle Midwifery School and Bastyr Naturopathic Universitys Department of Midwifery for the past 15 years.

In her capacity as an educator, Leslie has provided trainings and consultations to: University of Washington; Singapore KKH Hospital for Women; AWHONN(Association of Womens Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses); Marce Society; PALS (Pacific Association of Labor Support); API (Attachment Parenting International), NAPS (Northwest Association for Postpartum Support), Catholic Charities, Planned Parenthood, and others.  Recently she has served on the board of PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth) as Vice President, and Perinatal Support Washington as the former chair and current board member.

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. Amritha Bhat, MD, MPH, 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.