2016 Conference Agenda & Objectives

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration and light breakfast

Overview: Entering Motherhood & Why They Suffer in Silence

The Many Faces of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders


PSI's educational video: "Healthy Mom, Happy Family: Understanding Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders"

Dads and Partners Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Risk Factors and Prevention

Other Important Considerations

Lunch (provided) and Panel of Survivors

Screening and Prevention: Screening Tools and Assessment


Social Support Networks

Faith Communities and Spirituality

International Incidence and Cultural Differences of PMADs

Q & A, Discussion

Friday, November 4, 2016, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration and light breakfast

Public Awareness Announcements: Using media to raise awareness

The Team & Critical Components to Recovery

Psychotherapeutic Themes and Models

Complementary and Alternative Therapies (CAM)

Legislation and Resources

Local Resources & Resource Review - Reading Lists and Handouts

Lunch (provided) and Networking

Pharmacological Interventions in Pregnancy, Postpartum and Lactation: Shawn Hersevoort, MD, Psychiatrist

PSI Educational DVD "Fathers Respond"

Effects of Untreated PMADs on Mother, Infant, and Family

DVD: Wade Bowen: "Turn on the Lights" for PSI


Learning Objectives of the PSI 2-Day Certificate Training

  1. Describe common cultural expectations that increase social and psychological pressure on pregnant and postpartum women.
  2. Identify the challenges faced when identifying and treating Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs).
  3. Describe the symptoms and understand the differential diagnosis of prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorders and psychosis.
  4. Assess prenatal and postpartum risk factors.
  5. Describe effective tools for screening, assessment, intake, and diagnosis of PMADs.
  6. Identify treatment and appropriate psychotherapy modalities for PMADs.
  7. Discuss breastfeeding and PMADs.
  8. Develop psychosocial and self-help treatment plans.
  9. Indicate consequences of untreated Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders on infants, children, and partners.
  10. Identify ways to create social support programs, including groups and classes.
  11. Describe legislative changes and resources related to maternal mental health.
  12. Identify specific online resources for pregnant and postpartum women and men.
  13. Discuss cultural differences and PMADs.
  14. Describe and assess co-existing childbearing complications affecting postpartum mental health.
  15. Describe complementary and alternative treatment modalities and research.
  16. Discuss spirituality and PMADs.
  17. Discuss psychopharmacology as it relates to pregnancy, postpartum, and lactation.

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