MotherWoman Training Institute

2015 - 2016 Group Facilitator Training


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About MotherWoman Facilitator Training

  • 3-Day training
  • 21 hour training 
  • CEU’s Available 
  • MotherWoman Facilitator Training Manual
  • Innovative approaches to leading successful groups in your community 
  • Enhances a mother’s capacity to advocate for herself and her family 
  • Applicable for seasoned support group facilitators, medical and mental health professionals, doulas, midwives, childbirth educators and peer support leaders, as well as mothers and community leaders without prior group facilitation experience 
  • Utilizes both didactic and experiential learning models which support the development of leadership, competence and confidence
  • Opportunities for practicum in small and large groups throughout training to ensure mastery of skills 
  • Participants are invited to share their personal experience in practicum groups
  • Replicable in a variety of settings and with diverse populations

Successful MotherWoman groups currently serve pregnant and postpartum mothers, parents who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss, mothers of color, spanish-speaking mothers, teen mothers, refugee mothers, mothers recovering from substance abuse, and mothers in rural Guatemala.

Upcoming Facilitator Trainings 

September 24-26, 2015
Three Day MotherWoman Perinatal Support Group Facilitator Training 
Simkin Center for Allied Childbirth Education 
Bastyr University, Seattle, WA

September 27, 2015-New Advanced Training
MotherWoman’s Perinatal Support Group Curriculum Training
In partnership with PSI Washington
The Dottie Harper Park House, Burien, WA
To qualify, participants must have completed a three-day MotherWoman Facilitator Training

October 20-22, 2015
Three Day MotherWoman Perinatal Support Group Facilitator Training
Western Massachusetts

January 27-29, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
2020 Mom Project
More Information Coming Soon


You Will Learn To:

  • Create safety for women to share their  authentic experiences of motherhood
  • Master group dynamics
  • Explore cultural messages and myths about motherhood
  • Lead a culturally competent support group that welcomes diverse mothers
  • Encourage each woman’s inherent strength and resilience
  • Motivate personal change by enhancing individual women’s self-empowerment
  • Motivate social change by linking socio-political factors to maternal experience

Benefits Include:

  • Proficiency in using a replicable support group model
  • Enhanced group leadership skills
  • Effective advocacy for mothers issues along the lifespan
  • Professional development and CEUs

Other Facilitator Training Opportunities 

June 28, 2015
1-Day Introduction to the MotherWoman Approach to Support Group Facilitation
Postpartum Support International (PSI) Conference Training

Plymouth, MI
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MotherWoman Perinatal Support Groups are structured and facilitated groups for mothers designed to support and empower mothers to be agents of positive change in their lives. They provide safe spaces of mutual respect and non-judgment, where mothers can speak honestly, find their inherent strength and voice, connect authentically with other women, break down isolation and gain much-need perspective to overcome the challenges of the perinatal period. These groups are specifically designed for mothers struggling with perinatal emotional complications, like depression and anxiety.

The MotherWoman Perinatal Support Group Model©, is a strength-based, trauma informed model that is replicable in a variety of settings, from hospitals to churches. Based on SEE – Safety, Education and Empowerment, it includes implementation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Motivational Interviewing in a group setting. Facilitators love this model because it provides a simple, replicable, structure for them to create profound environments of safety for mothers to find the support they need.

In this One-Day Training, you will learn the replicable elements of the MotherWoman Group Model, engage in skill-building practicums and observe its power in action.
"The MotherWoman Perinatal Support Group Model is the best program I have seen for supporting new mothers. I wish they had been around when I was a new mother. It would have made a difference for me. Now that they are around, don't walk – RUN - to hear them speak."   Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA


We can customize a program to meet your organization or community’s needs.
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