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Mental Health Provider Trainings

Postpartum Support Virginia offers several trainings geared specifically for mental health providers.

Basic Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Training

This training includes an in-depth look at Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs). This basic training is for any provider that provides services to birthing people during child-bearing years that would like to expand their knowledge and practice of PMADs.

Attendees will:

  • Be able to define and explain the spectrum of PMADs and differential diagnosis criteria for this array of struggles.
  • Be able to discuss the unique considerations related to therapeutic needs when working with people pregnant and postpartum.
  • Be able to identify and practice implementing screening and assessment tools for use in assessing of PMADs in people pregnant and postpartum.
  • Learn treatment options and Path to Wellness in treating PMADs
  • Gain insight into Substance Abuse considerations and screening related to pregnancy and the co-morbidity of Substance Abuse and PMADs.
  • Be able to discuss the importance of self-care and professional considerations unique to working with this population–pregnant and postpartum.
  • Practice learned knowledge and skills via role-play.

Advanced Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Training: Practical Techniques and Tools to Use in Private Therapy Settings

This training is appropriate for therapists who have an established understanding of PMADs but are looking for continued education and development on treating birthing people during the perinatal period. To attend, mental health professionals must be licensed or actively working towards licensure via hours as a resident. Clinicians must also have had previous training in PMADs.

Topics include:

  • Review of the PMAD spectrum
  • Screening, assessment and diagnostic tools
  • Therapeutic Modalities specific to the perinatal period
  • Therapeutic Modalities: techniques and tips
  • Birth trauma, Perinatal complication and loss
  • Professionalism and self-care
  • Case study review and discussion