Many persons may experience perinatal mental health concerns during the prenatal and postpartum periods. Practitioners play an important role in supporting birthing families through the detection, assessment and treatment of perinatal mental health symptoms as well as the delivery of sensitive and culturally competent care.
Perinatal Mental Health Learning Series: Strategies and Considerations for Behavioral Health and Health Care Providers is a virtual learning series intended for health and behavioral health providers who work with individuals affected by mental health symptoms during the perinatal period. Expert speakers emphasize increasing awareness and screening methods in perinatal mental health and health care, as well as psychotherapeutic treatment.
This is the second session, Evidence-Based Treatment for Perinatal Mental Health Disorders belonging to the 2-part series.
Presenter Mara Acel-Green, MSW, LICSW, leads the discussion about the importance of using evidence-based treatment when treating individuals with perinatal health disorders. The application of CBT for perinatal emotional complications is focused on in this discussion and as well as being mindful of risks for women of color. Strategies to address these concerns are included.
Resources Highlighted During the Session
- Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)
- Perinatal Anxiety Screening Scale (PASS)
- Ted Talk- Miriam Zoila Perez- How Racism Harms Pregnant Women and What Can Help
- Feeling list
- Birthing Healthier Families: Post-Graduate Certificate Using CBT for Perinatal Emotional Complications
- Reference list
You can find more information and resources regarding Perinatal Mental Health at: https://mhttcnetwork.org/centers/global-mhttc/perinatal-mental-health-resources