Mentoring Partnership Program

Mentoring Partnership Application

The philosophy behind this program:

Therapists who treat families struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders have unique challenges and rewards. This specialized work requires great attention to the particular needs of this population as well as attention to its impact on the clinician. Although there are more and more training opportunities and books that can help guide a clinician through this process, clinicians have let us know that they need more.  The nature of our work with the perinatal population is intensely personal and intimate, often raising issues that touch closely to home. Transference and counter-transference issue abound, sometimes enhancing the work, other times, complicating it.

The PPSC mentoring program will help the clinician sort out some of these issues and determine how to use this information to better serve the client as well as increase self-awareness. This becomes particularly relevant for clinicians who have experienced depression in their own lives, which may make them feel better suited to help yet intensely vulnerable at the same time. Having a safe place to explore these feelings within the context of strengthening their clinical skills creates an environment that is both academically enlightening and invaluable on a personal level. The Mentoring Partnership Program successfully integrates the benefits of a therapeutic relationship with supervision from one of the leading experts in this field of study.

Please note that candidates will be accepted and mentored by Karen Kleiman, LSCW.

Educational Objectives:

  • Develop and refine professional skills
  • Advance clinical awareness and understanding of self
  • Explore areas of vulnerability and strength
  • Confront risk-taking opportunities and potential barriers
  • Use personal life experiences to enhance self-awareness and examine the impact on clinical work
  • Identify areas for personal growth and development
  • Assess readiness and gain confidence

Mentor will provide:

  • Motivation
  • Expertise
  • Support
  • Coaching
  • Teaching
  • Education
  • Supervision
  • Counseling
  • Guidance


  • Prerequisite: completion of PPSC 10hr or 12 hr post graduate training program
  • Informal structure will be driven by the needs of the clinician.  Clinician will be responsible for the number and frequency of meetings.
  • We prefer that you email Karen prior to your appointed meeting with your agenda for that day or an outline of topics/cases you would like to discuss.
  • Fee for mentoring session is $265.00 per 45 mins meeting.

Mentoring candidates:

Note: Mentoring is most successful for local clinicians who can accommodate in-person meetings. Exceptions can be made for long-distance mentoring by phone in certain circumstances.

  • This program is open to any clinician who has earned a graduate degree from an accredited mental health program and has made a personal commitment to work in the field of perinatal depression and anxiety. Due to limited availability we now require applicants first attend our 10 hr post graduate training program.
  • Clinicians who are starting out in practice and those who have established practices may apply.
  • Due to limited availability, candidates are required to complete the application and may be asked to come in for an initial interview to determine eligibility.
  • Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted regarding your acceptance status.

Mentoring Partnership Application

Mentoring Agreement  Please read, sign, and bring with you to first meeting (or email if not meetings are not face-to-face)


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