• Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD, MFT
Peer Reviewer(s): Sarah E. Bledsoe, PhD, MPhil, MSW
Item#: B4038
1 Course Book (32 pages)

Effective Counseling Techniques for Perinatal Mood Disorders

Price $29.95
Item # B4038
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This course begins with an overview of symptoms and risk factors to be considered in the assessment of perinatal mood disorders. Next, perspectives on perinatal mood disorders are discussed: the medical perspective, which regards a perinatal mood disorder as an illness with a genetic basis; the feminist perspective, which emphasizes the impact of societal beliefs or cultural myths that affect how women feel during and after pregnancy; and the attachment theory perspective, which suggests that postpartum mood disorders develop in response to unmet attachment needs. The course discusses current therapies used to treat perinatal mood disorders, including interpersonal psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, emotionally focused psychotherapy, psychodynamic approaches, couples and family therapies, and social support and group therapies. The importance of self-care, including exercise and nutrition, is described, as well as interventions aimed at repairing disrupted attachment between the mother and infant. Participants will learn about posttraumatic stress (PTSD) disorder in pregnancy. The course discusses one of the most controversial issues surrounding treatment decisions: the use of antidepressants during pregnancy and their compatibility with breastfeeding. This intermediate-level course is designed for social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, psychologists, and advanced practice and psychiatric nurses.

Participants will receive 3 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successful completion of this course.

Course Objectives
  • Identify the symptoms of specific types of postpartum mood disorders.
  • Describe the theoretical perspectives for the onset of postpartum depression.
  • Explain the role that motherhood plays in the development of a woman's identity.
  • Discuss therapeutic models used in treating perinatal mood disorders and/or anxiety
  • Identify empirically supported intervention strategies to prevent stress and treat perinatal disorders in women and their families.
Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD, MFT, an internationally recognized expert in the field of perinatal mood disorders is a psychotherapist who has been writing and speaking on family issues and women's mental health for more than 20 years. She is the author of The Journey to Parenthood: Myths Reality and What Really Matters and Transition to Parenthood - A training manual for clinicians and childbirth educators. In addition to private practice she teaches Family Studies and Child Development at Los Angeles Valley College and Los Angeles Pierce College. The past president of Postpartum Support International Dr. Barnes is the 2007 recipient of PSI's Jane Honikman Award for her outstanding contributions to the fields of maternal mental health and childbearing. Dr. Barnes is a Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association and a clinical member of both the California Association and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Sarah E. Bledsoe, PhD, MPhil, MSW, is assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work where she teaches Human Development in Context and Adult Health and Mental Health. She has a doctorate and master of philosophy in social work from Columbia University, a master of social work from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Tennessee. Her professional interests include perinatal mood disorders; clinical services and engagement strategies for low-income and minority populations; stress and mental health outcomes; interpersonal psychotherapy; and culturally relevant services; evidence-based practice; empirically supported interventions; mental-health services research; clinical intervention research; and knowledge dissemination and implementation. Currently, Dr. Bledsoe’s research is focused on culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate intervention for maternal depression and adolescent perinatal depression; repeat pregnancy prevention; and university-agency partnerships for evidence-based practice.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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