Perinatal Mental Health refers to a person’s mental health during pregnancy as well as the first two years after delivery and includes a range of mental health disorders like depression and anxiety. Undiagnosed and untreated Perinatal Mental Health disorders are an urgent public health issue in our country.
According to the CDC Prams report in 2019, 14.8 % of women self reported having depressive symptoms during pregnancy which is higher than national averages. These disorders affect not only the wellbeing of our mothers/birthing persons, but also negatively impact the entire family system. Early childhood professionals have a unique opportunity to help make a difference in both the prevention and outcome of families at risk.
Part two of this series drills down at a micro level to explore how early childhood providers can help improve the wellbeing of families suffering with perinatal mental health disorders. This training will focus on best practices for screening, supporting, and referring families for evidence-based treatment. This multimedia training incorporates a combination of lecture, interactive group and small breakout room discussions.
Elizabeth O’Brien, LPC PMH-C has over twenty years of clinical experience and is a recognized expert in women’s well-being specializing in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety disorders. She has been a featured contributor for articles, podcasts, and an ebook, including The Washington Post and Atlanta Magazine. In 2017, she founded the Postpartum Support International Georgia Chapter (PSI-GA) where she served as president for three years, and continues to volunteer on the board. She is currently a national trainer with PSI, and the 2019 winner of the Carolyn Wetzel Continuum Award. Elizabeth earned an MA in Dance Movement Therapy, where she focused on complex trauma and early childhood mental health. Elizabeth served on the Alaska Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health as a founding board member when she lived in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Melissa Keane, LPC PMH-C is a licensed professional counselor with advanced certification in perinatal mental health. Melissa provides individual and group support to women across Georgia, with a special focus on pregnancy, postpartum, and motherhood. Melissa was a founding board member of the Georgia Chapter of Postpartum Support International (PSI-GA). During her time on the board, Melissa led the development and facilitation of a robust provider training program focusing on best practices for screening and referring patients for perinatal mental health challenges. Melissa currently serves as a trainer for PSI-GA and delivers presentations and workshops to providers and organizations across the state on this important topic.
This training will cover the following competencies required for Endorsement®:
AK-AIMH administers the Endorsement® to recognize the attainment of professional competencies in working with children 0-3. For more information about the Endorsement®, please visit our website at www.akaimh.org/endorsement.
The Alaska Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (AK-AIMH) has listed this training for the benefit of Alaska's professionals as part of our initiative, Project Compass: Leading the Way to Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Workforce Development. Project Compass is funded by AK-AIMH members and donors, the Alaska Children's Trust, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.
Registration closes November 8, 2021. Deadline to cancel for a full refund is November 9, 2021. For more information, please email the training sponsor at firstname.lastname@example.org.