Understanding Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: What Macro and Micro Practitioners Need to Know

Jennifer Vendetti, LMSW, CEIM
5 CECs
Friday, December 14 , 2018
9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Hartford Public Library (Room 026), 500 Main St.

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This full day seminar is intended for direct service staff, clinical providers, program developers, policymakers and advocates dedicated to the emotional and psychological well being of prenatal and postnatal mothers and their families.   Social workers and allied health professionals will improve their understanding of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), integrate current literature into their practice and build their perinatal resources capacity.  Participants will learn about the spectrum of mental illnesses known as Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) including etiology and prevalence and the relationship between perinatal loss and PMADs.  Participants will differentiate ego-syntonic and ego-dystonic thoughts.  Participants will learn about effective treatment modalities and characteristics of the perinatal mental health specialist.  Resources from Postpartum Support International and the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health will be provided and statewide and local efforts to address stigma and barriers to treatment of PMADs will be shared.

Using a lecture, video, discussion and written exercise, participants will:

  • increase their awareness of the spectrum of illnesses known as Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) including risk factors, prevalence and etiology
  • develop an understanding of the unique presentation and symptoms of PMADs
  • understand the distinguishing characteristics of “Scary Thoughts”
  • recognize the impact of perinatal loss on PMADs
  • build perinatal resource capacity within clinical and policy infrastructure
  • promote perinatal mental health within their program, agency and community