Prerequisites + Objectives


  • A Masters or doctoral level counseling degree
  • Exceptions may be made on an individual basis for non-counseling degrees, such as nursing when applicable. Please contact the PPSC.
  • Graduate students in accredited mental health programs are welcome and must provide verification
  • A minimum of two (2) years of post-degree outpatient clinical experience. Exceptions may be made in individual basis.
  • Attendance is limited to serious clinicians who are interested in deepening their knowledge of prenatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders and are committed to developing this area of expertise.


(6hrs Friday) Participants will learn:

  • Differential diagnosis of baby blues, postpartum depression, postpartum OCD, postpartum anxiety disorder, panic and postpartum psychosis
  • How to assess severity of illness and determine intervention options: self-help measures, medication, psychotherapy, hospitalization, supportive counseling
  • To determine when a referral for psychiatric consultation or other collaboration is appropriate
  • How to apply elements of HOLDING techniques when treating women with postpartum distress
  • Preventative treatment options to assist women with previous PPD episode planning another pregnancy
  • How to identify a woman at risk and the importance of screening and preventative support
  • How therapy for postpartum depression differs from traditional therapy
  • How to address the unique and challenging needs of the postpartum woman in crisis

(6hrs Saturday) Participants will learn:

  • How to differentiate between baby blues, depression, postpartum anxiety disorders, ptsd, and psychosis
  • How to best use your own self, your strengths, your spirit, to augment recovery
  • How to navigate clinical challenges and obstacles that are specific to this client population utilizing HOLDING intervention skills
  • How to process and intervene when high levels of distress challenge the session
  • How to identify and regulate one’s own emotional responses
  • How to integrate self-compassion and self-care when dealing with high levels of distress
  • To set personal goals and explore individual areas of vulnerability
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