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Postpartum Support International 2-Day Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder Conference

Postpartum Support International 2-Day Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder Conference

Postpartum Support International PMAD Conference

The 2-day Postpartum Support International Certificate of Completion Course, taught by expert and engaging faculty, is a thorough and evidence-based curriculum designed for psychiatrists, nurses, physicians, social workers, mental health providers, childbirth professionals, social support providers, or anyone interested in learning skills and knowledge for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

This training will also discuss that vicarious trauma is an occupational hazard in child welfare and juvenile justice that often leads to lack of job satisfaction, job productivity, and negative outcomes for youth and families, workers, and workplace. Prevention and self-care can best happen when professionals are able to distinguish and identify personal and professional vulnerability. This module will focus on opportunities to prevent negative effects and self-care after exposures.

Registration includes light breakfast and lunch each day, training manual, handouts, and certification of continuing education credits.

Event Brochure


Thursday and Friday, October 4 & 5, 2018


8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day


$175 for both days. $100 for one day. (Note: Credits are unavailable for attending one-day of this two-day conference.)

  • Includes light breakfast and lunch (We will be offering gluten free and vegetarian options. Please feel free to contact the Postma Center at for any dietary accommodation requests.)
  • Refunds will be given until September 27, 2018 less a $25 processing fee. After this time, refunds are unavailable.

Continuing Education Credits: (Partial credits unavailable)

  • 13.5 Social Work Credits
  • 13.5 CME Credits
    • (Nurses: In Michigan, CME credits can be used for nursing licensure requirements. For other states, please check with your state nursing licensing department.)


  • Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA, CLC
  • Madhavi Latha Nagalla, MD
  • Nancy Roberts, RN, CCE, CBC

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the challenges and educational gaps faced when identifying and treating Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs).
  2. Describe the symptoms and understand the differential diagnosis of prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorders and psychosis.
  3. Discuss psychopharmacology as it relates to pregnancy, postpartum, and lactation.
  4. Assess prenatal and postpartum risk factors.
  5. Assess for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
  6. Identify treatment options for PMADs.
  7. Discuss breastfeeding and PMADs.
  8. Develop psychosocial and self-help treatment plans as well as appropriate psychotherapy techniques and alternative therapies.
  9. State appropriate psychotherapy modalities.
  10. Indicate consequences of untreated Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
  11. Discuss effects and consequences on partners.
  12. Identify social support, legislative changes, and community resources, including how to set up support groups and offer social support.
  13. Discuss cultural differences and PMADs.
  14. Discuss spirituality and PMADs.


Postma Center at or 616-222-4566

Agenda: Day 1

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.: Registration and light breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.: Introduction to PSI and Faculty

8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Overview: Entering Motherhood & Why They Suffer in Silence   Birdie Gunyon Meyer

  • The Perinatal Period
  • Perfectionism, Dreams, & Expectations
  • Myths of Motherhood
  • Stigma of Mental Illiness
  • Barriers of Treatment

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: The Many Faces of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

  • Etiology
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Diagnostic Features

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.: Break

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.: Video – PSI’s educational videos: “Healthy Mom, Happy Family: Understanding Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders”

11:00 – 11:10 a.m.: Dads, Partners, Families Perinatal Mood Disorder Family Experience 

11:10 – 11:20 a.m.: Risk Factors and Prevention

11:20 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Other Important Considerations:

  • Breastfeeding and PMADs
  • Infertility
  • Adoption
  • Pregnancy Loss
  • Infants in NICU
  • Military Families

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch and Panel of Survivors

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.: Screening and Prevention: Screening Tools and Assessment

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.: Break

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.: Social Support Networks:

  • Support Groups and Warmlines
    • What they look like, how to start one, successful elements
    • 9 Steps to Wellness: Jane Honikman’s self-help moedle

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.: Faith Communities and Spirituality

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.: International Incidence and Cultural Differences of PMADs

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Q & A Discussion

Agenda: Day 2

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.: Registration and light breakfast

8:30 – 8:35 a.m.: Public Service Announcements: Using Media to Raise Awareness

8:35 – 8:45 a.m.: The Team & Critical Components to Recovery

8:45 – 10:30 a.m.: Psychotherapeutic Themes and Models

  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Mother-Infant Therapeutic Approaches
  • Case Examples

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.: Break

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.: Complementary and Alternative Therapies CAM

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.: Legislation

11:30 – 12:00 p.m: Resources: Nancy Roberts

  • Local Resources & Resource Review – Reading Lists and Handouts

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch and Networking

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Pharmacological Interventions in Pregnancy, Postpartum, and Lactation:  Madhu Nagalla, MD

  • Evidence based research
  • Evaluating Studies and Articles
  • Talking with families about medication

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.: Break

3:15 – 3:25 p.m.: PSI DVD “Fathers Respond

3:25 – 4:30 p.m.: Effects of Untreated PMADs on Mother, Infant, and Family

4:30 -4:45 p.m.: DVD: Wade Bowen: “Turn on the Lights” for PSI

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.: Wrap-Up/Discussion/Evaluations

Who Should Attend

Psychiatrists, nurses, physicians, advanced practice clinicians, therapists, home healthcare workers, lactation specialists and others working with perinatal mood and anxiety disorder clients

Sponsored By

Healthy Kent Perinatal Mood Disorders Coalition and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. Approved Provider Number: MICEC-0047. This course has been approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative and is recognized by the State of Michigan, Department of Community Health, Licensing Division for Social Work Continuing Education. Collaborative Contact Information: 517-487-1548, Ext. 17.


Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services designates this live event for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

 Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

300 – 68th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548