12hr Professional Training: The Art of Holding Perinatal Women in Distress


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About Our Training

Training is currently offered VIRTUALLY.
We will update as the situation develops
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The Art of Holding Perinatal Women in Distress: Assessment, Treatment, & Advanced Clinical Practice is the first of its kind, premiere post-graduate training class, designed for maternal mental health professionals, to provide an optimal environment for personalized and practical learning. The classes are small in order to maximize individual attention and offer a hands-on experience. This intensive training, developed by Karen Kleiman and based on 3 decades of experience, provides an enduring foundation for professional growth which will transform your work with perinatal women. Drawing from her HOLDING model of intervention, this course will enhance clinical skills and therapeutic effectiveness through experiential learning and greatly expand your clinical repertoire. You will gain access to information, tools, and confidence you need to enhance your role as an expert in this highly specialized field of practice. Our mission is to prepare competent, reflective PMAD experts who are passionate about providing excellent clinical treatment… read more »

There will be times when the very best way for us to inspire her while she stands on the edge of life is to sit there…to be with her. Without fear. Without judgment. Without words. Her pain is a compelling invitation to those who can sit in that space. We do so with tacit strength and reverence worthy of that moment” (The Art of Holding in Therapy, Kleiman.)

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Course Highlights

  • The Art of Holding Perinatal Women in Distress: Assessment, Treatment, and Advanced Clinical Practice is a crash course on diagnosis, screening, assessment, treatment options.
  • Emphasis is on theoretical foundations and clinical application with particular focus on Karen Kleiman’s HOLDING Model of Intervention.
  • Training is based on three decades of clinical experience of Karen Kleiman, founding director of The Postpartum Stress Center.
  • This course closely follows the theories and clinical practices presented in Therapy and the Postpartum Woman: Notes on healing postpartum depression for clinicians and the women who seek their help (Routledge, 2009) and The Art of Holding in Therapy: An essential intervention for postpartum depression (Routledge, 2017).
  • This course has global appeal, drawing clinicians from around the world to gather in order to stay up-to-date and enhance their clinical practice.
  • Information in this course is appropriate for new as well as seasoned clinicians, although prior PMAD training is recommended.
  • Although this course is best suited for clinicians in private practice, the content can be applied to program development for clinicians working in agencies or organizations interested in offering specialized services to their postpartum patients.
  • The small group format is essential for optimal professional and personal enrichment.
  • Selective participants may be eligible for ongoing consultation or mentoring, subject to the instructor’s schedule and availability. Interested attendees should contact the instructor following the course.
  • This is an advanced, intensive training for clinicians who hope to specialize in this field and ideally, have had some fundamental PMAD training.
  • Instructed by Karen Kleiman with Hilary Waller


Who Should Attend

This course will appeal to professionals who have a preliminary understanding of the content related to treating PMADs and are interested in focusing on professional development and the intricacies of treating perinatal women in distress. The program is designed to study the art versus the science of PMADs and the impact on both the client and the therapist.

Participants should have a masters or doctoral degree from an accredited graduate program in mental health related field.

Social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists and other professionals interested in specializing in the treatment of perinatal mood & anxiety disorders will benefit from this one-of-a-kind training. Participation exceptions have been made to include nurses, doulas and midwives when their interests and clinical practice aligns with the heart of our training.

Where is the Training Held? 

Training is currently held virtually.
We will update as the situation develops.

Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Coolidge Room (second floor).

Time: Friday 9am-4pm / Saturday 9am-4pm

Hotel Accommodations: We recommend that trainees reserve overnight accommodations at Normandy Farm, when possible, but they fill up quickly. Additional local accommodations listed in link below. Guest rooms at Normandy Farm are available at a discounted rate at $149 per night (single or double occupancy). Since guest room reservations are extremely limited we encourage you to book your reservation as soon as possible after you have completed your training registration.

Before booking your room, please click the “PLEASE READ” link below for additional important details about lodging.

Meals: Now included in your registration fee is dining at Normandy Farm’s fabulous hot and cold buffet breakfast. Breakfast is served at the conference center from 6:30 am to 9:00 am. Please plan to arrive in time to eat and then meet in our training room, The Coolidge Room, a few minutes before 9:00 am. We will break during each day for a hot/ cold buffet lunch and for 2 snack breaks, fees for which are also included in your registration. Normandy Farms does provide options for individuals with dietary restrictions or preferences.

Please note that if you book at another local hotel, your on site meals (breakfast, lunch, and snacks) are still included in the cost of your training registration.

PLEASE READ : IMPORTANT details about the PPSC training at Normandy Farm

Course Fees

  • $1,895.00 – Regular Registration (SUSPENDED)
  • $1,600.00 – Scholarship (prior approval) (Scholarship Application. One (1) per class)
    Please Note: Due to the current global crisis

** prices are in US Dollars **

CE Credits

Continuing Education Credits This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for twelve (12) continuing education contact hours. All others should contact their state board for information regarding CE approval in a particular professional discipline. We will be happy to provide any information they may request.

Cancellation Policy

•Any changes with registration must be made 90 days in advance of the training date with an administrative fee of $150.00.
•100% of your registration fee (minus $150 admin fee) can be transferred to a future training if changes occur prior to 90 days of your scheduled training date.
•This credit will expire one (1) year from the date of the original training. Note that each participant is only entitled to one rescheduled registration.
All registrations are final within 90 days of the scheduled training date. No refunds or transfers will be issued if cancellation occurs within that timeframe.

Each participant will receive

  1. Training booklet including: Powerpoint presentation, PPSC handouts and established tools of intervention, pertinent research articles.
  2. Inclusion in the PPSC’s referral database and an online listing in our PPSC Clinician Referral list.
  3. PPSC Certificate of Completion.
  4. Web Certificate of Completion to post on clinician’s website.
  5. Opportunity for ongoing peer supervision with other PPD specialists.
  6. Inclusion into private online professional group for PPSC training participants.
  7. Transition to mentorship program if desired and available.

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Upcoming Training Dates
Mar 5-6, 2021 closed
June 4-5, 2021
Sept 10-11, 2021
Dec 3-4, 2021
If you have any questions or concerns please call (610) 525-7527 or email us training@postpartumstress.com                      The PPSC Grievance Procedure

“This training was by far, the most well-rounded training I’ve ever been to. It’s deep, informative, and the small group format encouraged in-depth networking and connecting with other group members in a way that doesn’t happen at many of the other PMAD trainings I’ve attended.”

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