PARENT RESILIENCE PROGRAM
Parent Resilience Program (PERC)
Some people find Perinatal Support Washington (PS-WA) after hours of googling how parenthood is “supposed” to feel, others arrive having reviewed a pamphlet on “Perinatal Depression” at the pediatricians. However you arrive and in whatever direction you want to go, the Parent Resilience Program is here for you.
We know that your emotional wellness experiences will be different and unique. For this reason, we would like to offer support in an equally varied and personalized delivery. We are here to support you and your wellness goals.
Our Parent Resilience Program (PERC) is unique in a few significant ways:
What we do:
- Parent Resilience Specialists (PRS) meet throughout the week with a hybrid model of in-person, via phone, text, and video.
- The PRS' provides the support you need and want: wellness planning, connecting you to resources and referrals, and more.
- PRS' can work with families for as many weeks or months as your desires change, typically families engage in services for 6-9 months. We’re here to help you to move along on your wellness journey.
Who we serve:
- Pregnant people and new parents who are at risk of, or currently experiencing, mental health concerns related to childbearing
Some examples could include anxiety, sadness or grief around unexpected parenting/birth outcomes, depression, sleeplessness, scary or intrusive thoughts.
- People who have experienced a loss, terminated a pregnancy, or had other unexpected childbirth outcomes
- Parents who are not currently parenting due to loss, removal, etc. are welcome in this program if they are experiencing perinatal mental health concerns
- King County residents (and enrolling for Pierce County in September 2022!)
- People who do not identify as parents but have experienced mental health challenges related to reproduction/childbearing
Who PERC does NOT serve:
- Parents/participants outside of King/Pierce County
- Parents with Substance Use Disorders who are not currently engaged in recovery services
- Parents who are currently, or have recently experienced, a mental health crisis resulting in hospitalization and are not actively engaged in mental health services
- Parents whose primary mental health concern is not related to childbearing/conception/loss
Does this program sound like the right fit for you?
To access any of our programs please submit a request for services below. Providers can refer via the same link
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“I hope all your future participants feel the support you have given me”
Meet our Parent Resilience Specialist Team:
Elizabeth Moore Simpson, LSWAIC, PERC Program Manager
Stephanie Valerdi, Parent Resilience Specialist
La Tonia Westerfield, Parent Resilience Specialist
Jennie Capron, Intern PRS
Shawn Koyano, Intern PRS
Parent Resources and Handouts
County Resources & Referrals
Due to COVID-19 many of of the support groups below are either not meeting, or are meeting virtually. Please visit our Virtual Support Groups Handout below for all the details.