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"The MotherWoman Perinatal Support Group Model is the best program I have seen for supporting new mothers. They support and empower mothers without judging them. 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
Owner/Editor-in-Chief, Praeclarus Press
Editor-in-Chief, Clinical Lactation
President, American Psychological Association's Division of Trauma Psychology
Editor-Elect, Psychological Trauma

 

About Our Trainings

Our trainings are designed for a wide range of medical and social service providers, including physicians, nurses, midwives, social service employees, mental health providers, and all others working with women and families in the perinatal period. We offer regional trainings, as well as private trainings to meet the needs of individual offices, hospitals, agencies and staff.
All MotherWoman Training Institute trainings are highly interactive and provide relevant handouts and resources, as well as opportunities to network with allied professionals. These are approved trainings of the Perinatal Support Coalitions of Western MA. If you have any questions please contact us at (413) 387 - 0703 or email Kristel Applebee at kristel@motherwoman.org

 

Host a Training in Your Area

MotherWoman will schedule a training in your location. Contact Kristel Applebee, Training Coordinator, to discuss details and pricing for your group, (413) 387-0703 or kristel@motherwoman.org.

 

Upcoming Trainings 

September 17, 2014 (9:00 - 12:00pm)
Promoting Maternal and Infant Mental Health: The Community-based Perinatal Support Model© for Mothers
Cape Cod Child Development
MSPCC, 206 Breeds Hill Rd, Hyannis, MA
Nurse CEs and Social Worker CEUs offered.
Eventbrite - Promoting Maternal and Infant Mental Health: MotherWoman Community-Based Perinatal Support Model© Hyannis, MA 

 

September 30, 2014 (9:30 - 12:30pm)
Promoting Maternal and Infant Mental Health: The Community-based Perinatal Support Model© for Mothers
Baystate Health
Whitney Ave Conference Center, 361 Whitney Ave, Holyoke, MA
Nurse CEs and Social Worker CEUs offered.
Eventbrite - MotherWoman Group Facilitator Training: Innovative Approaches to Leading Successful Groups in Your Community 


December 4-7, 2014

MotherWoman Support Group Facilitator Training: Innovative Approaches to Leading Successful Support Groups in Your Community
Bastyr University
14500 Juanita Drive N. E., Seattle, WA
CEUs offered 
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Recent Trainings

June 10, 2014
Promoting Maternal and Infant Mental Health: The Community-based Perinatal Support Model© for Mothers
Greater New Bedford Health and Wellness INC, New Bedford, MA

June 20, 2014
What's Trust Got To Do With It? Utilizing the MotherWoman Support Group Model in Hard-to-Reach Communities and Sustainable Community Networks: Working Models of Telephone and Group Support
Postpartum Support International Conference, NC 

June 21, 2014
Stakeholder Meetings: The First Step in Leading Transformational Change
Postpartum Support International Conference, NC 

June 24, 2014
Promoting Maternal and Infant Mental Health: The Community-based Perinatal Support Model© for Mothers
Lynn Community Health Center, Lynn, MA

June 26, 2014
Promoting Maternal and Infant Mental Health: The Community-based Perinatal Support Model© for Mothers
UMass OBGYN, MA

July 23, 2014
MotherWoman Webinar: Implementing Successful Suport Groups In Your Community
Webinar, Praeclarus Press

 

Training Descriptions

A Comprehensive Understanding of Perinatal Mood Disorders: Identification, Assessment and Treatment

Level I (3 hours)

  • This is a training for medical and mental health providers - Physicians, nurses, social workers, midwives, doulas, case workers, home visitors, early intervention specialists and administrators. Participants learn about the prevalence and symptoms of, and risk factors for Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMD), including Postpartum Depression/Anxiety, PTSD and psychosis. At the core of this curriculum are the impact of maternal depression on infants, children and the family, the role of cultural expectations and the impact of poverty on maternal perinatal depression and strategies for providers to help mothers overcome barriers to care. We provide the latest research on the etiology of PMDs as well as effective screening tools, protocols for intakes, crisis intervention, and treatment options.
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    Training participants will: Gain a comprehensive perspective on postpartum emotional complications, such as postpartum depression, anxiety, psychosis, and learn about:

    • The risk factors and spectrum of symptoms associated with perinatal mood disorders.
    • The impact of perinatal mood disorders on children.
    • The impact of poverty on perinatal mood disorders.
    • Individual provider and systemic barriers to care for perinatal mothers & how to overcome them.
    • Sign of perinatal crisis and emergency protocols.
    • Research and screening tools for assessing postpartum depression.
    • The success of comprehensive, community-based care for mothers at risk for, or experiencing, perinatal mood disorders.
    • CEUs are available for MSWs.


    Understanding Perinatal Mood Disorders for Early Intervention Specialists: Developing Partnerships with Parents for Early Identification, Assessment & Treatment
    Level II (3 hours)

    • This training specifically addresses the practice needs of home visitors and early intervention workers. Because of their access to mothers in their home environments during the perinatal period, early intervention specialists and home visitors can provide vital preventive care for mothers at risk for or experiencing perinatal emotional complications. Providing new mothers with education about perinatal emotional complications and risk factors in a supportive and non-threatening manner can prove invaluable for families. Home visitors have the opportunity to observe family dynamics and potentially identify  mothers who are struggling so they can be referred to other resources for additional support. This curriculum covers the spectrum of severity of PMDs and appropriate action steps for each level, such as1) when and how to speak with mothers themselves about PMDs and treatment, 2) when to engage a supervisor, 3) when and how to make a referral for further services, and 4) signs of a crisis and essential action steps. Participants will leave this training with tools that they can implement immediately in their work.

    A Comprehensive Understanding of Perinatal Mood Disorders: Training for Mental Health Clinicians: 
    Level II (3 hours)

    • This training builds upon the learning of A Comprehensive Understanding of Perinatal Mood Disorders: Level I and specifically addresses the practice needs of mental health clinicians who provide outpatient counseling to mothers and families. This training addresses in depth the finer points of differential PMD diagnosis. Postpartum depression, clinical depression, bi-polar II and postpartum anxiety disorders such as PTSD and OCD can present similarly and are often difficult to diagnose. Particular emphasis is on understanding when intrusive thoughts pose a serious threat and when they may not, and recognizing postpartum psychosis. Best practices models of intervention are discussed such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), including treatment recommendations, as well as the effectiveness of community-based perinatal support groups and trauma-informed therapies such as EMDR.  Research is shared on barriers to care for perinatal women, including innovative recommendations for diminishing these barriers such as utilizing community-based supports, strong intra-agency communication and the use of non-stigmatizing language for providers.

    A Comprehensive Understanding of Perinatal Mood Disorders for Crisis Services
    (3 hours)

    • Crisis services clinicians are often a mother’s first call for help during a perinatal emotional crisis. This training provides clinicians with the tools necessary to quickly distinguish between a mother who is overwhelmed and needing increased support and treatment, and one who is in danger of hurting herself or her baby. This training will address the difference between postpartum depression, clinical depression and bi-polar II, as well as postpartum anxiety disorders such as PTSD and OCD. Particular emphasis is on understanding when intrusive thoughts pose a serious threat and when they may not, and recognizing postpartum psychosis. Recommended emergency protocols are discussed  in detail. 

    Promoting Perinatal Emotional Health: Best Practices for Universal Screening for Perinatal Depression
    Level II (3 hours)

    • You’ve read the research and the recommendations from your professional association. You’re ready to implement perinatal depression screening, but you’re not sure how. This training discusses various screening tools with emphasis on the effectiveness of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). You and your staff will learn effective protocols for implementation of the EPDS - when to use it, how to score it, addressing HIPPA concerns and how to make the right referrals for effective treatment. Participants practice using the screening tool and discuss the benefits and challenges of implementing universal screening.

    Promoting Maternal and Infant Mental Health: The Community-Based Perinatal Support Model (CPSM©) 
    (3 hours)

    • This training is for providers interested in, or already engaged in developing multi-disciplinary perinatal support coalitions or task forces in their communities. MotherWoman developed the Community Perinatal Support Model CPSM© and has been leading the way building successful CPSMs in the four counties of Western Mass. How can your community or region develop local Resource and Referral Guides, multi-agency Perinatal Professional trainings, universal screening for mothers from pregnancy through the first year postpartum and free and specialized MotherWoman Postpartum Support Groups? This training shares the steps and best practices components of the CPSM.

    MotherWoman Group Facilitator Training: An Innovative Approach to Leading Successful Support Groups in Your Community, An Introduction. 
    An Intro: 3-6 hours
    3 Day Intensive Training: 21-25 hours

    • The MotherWoman Support Group Model provides education about the psycho-social context within which mothering takes place and its impact on individual mood and functioning, while at the same time creating an environment of safety, personal recovery and empowerment,  which enhances a mother’s confidence, competence and capacity to advocate for herself. This two hour introduction discusses the positive therapeutic impact of support groups for maternal mental health and describes the MotherWoman Support Group Model© in detail. This replicable model has been effective for many populations of mothers such as; mothers at risk for or experiencing perinatal emotional complications, incarcerated mothers, mothers in recovery from substance abuse, mothers of color, immigrant mothers and parents who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.
    • For More Information, please see our Facilitator Training page.