Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) are becoming increasingly prevalent amongst those on their journey towards and throughout parenthood, and it is likely that you will encounter someone at this transitional time of life during your clinical practice. Throughout this training you will be provided education on how to recognize symptoms of PMADs including differentiating between various perinatal disorders. Risk factors, protective factors, and a common screening tool will be reviewed. You’ll learn how to effectively treat some of the more common PMAD symptoms with evidence-based therapeutic modalities.
This training is designed for social workers, including graduate students, post-graduate students or professionals of any level who are looking to increase their knowledge and confidence when identifying and treating PMADs in a therapeutic setting.
About the Instructor:
Alison Boganski, LICSW, PMH-C, is dedicated to spreading education and awareness of a variety of mental health concerns including but not limited to perinatal mental health, eating disorders, and transitional life issues. She has many years of experience working with those in the perinatal period managing perinatal mood and anxiety disorder symptoms, adjusting to new parenthood, difficulties with conceiving, as well as how body image, identity and relationships are impacted by this journey. She received her Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C) in May of 2022, and has continued to support clients in her private practice utilizing a variety of treatment modalities including CBT and DBT. In addition to her private psychotherapy practice, she is an adjunct professor of psychology at Stonehill College in Massachusetts.
1. Differentiate a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder from “the baby blues” and list at least three common symptoms.
2. Identify at least two risk factors and two protective factors within clients.
3. Learn and apply at least two evidence-based therapeutic skills to manage PMAD symptoms.