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26th Annual Postpartum Support International (PSI) Conference

NAMI Minnesota

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Minneapolis, United States

26th Annual Postpartum Support International (PSI)...

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Friday Night Banquet & Silent Auction Only (6/21)   more info Ended $50.00 $3.49
2 day Pre-Conference, PSI VOLUNTEER (Wed & Thurs 6/19-20/2013) Ended $250.00 $13.49
2-day Pre-Conference, PSI MEMBER (Wed & Thurs 6/19-21/2013)   more info Ended $285.00 $15.24
2-day Pre-Conference, NOT PSI MEMBER (Wed & Thurs 6/19-20/2013 Ended $330.00 $17.49
2-day MAIN Conference, PSI VOLUNTEER (Fri & Sat 6/21-22/2013)   more info Ended $400.00 $19.95
2-day MAIN Conference, PSI MEMBER (Fri & Sat 6/21-22/2013)   more info Ended $425.00 $20.70
2-day MAIN Conference, NOT PSI MEMBER (Fri & Sat 6/21-22/2013)   more info Ended $475.00 $22.20
2-Day Main Conference - Speaker   more info Ended $200.00 $10.99
2013 Conference Recording (full set MP3)   more info Ended $179.00 $9.94
2013 Conference Recording (full set CDs)   more info Ended $269.00 $14.44
PSI Membership - Organization   more info Ended $250.00 $13.49
PSI Membership - Professionals   more info Ended $150.00 $8.49
PSI Membership - Support Group   more info Ended $75.00 $4.74
PSI Membership - Individual (non-professionals)   more info Ended $60.00 $3.99
PSI Volunteers Afternoon Meeting & Dinner 6/20/13   more info Ended $0.00 $0.00
PSI Membership - Student   more info Ended $25.00 $2.24
PSI Pre-Conference Certificate Training One Day Ended $165.00 $9.24
PSI Main Conference PSI Member One Day Ended $212.50 $11.62
PSI Main Conference Non PSI Member One Day Ended $237.50 $12.87
PSI MAIN Conference Speaker One Day Ended $100.00 $5.99

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26th Annual Postpartum Support International (PSI) Conference:  Innovation and Advocacy to Support the Mental Health of Pregnant and Postpartum Families

The annual Postpartum Support International conference provides an opportunity to meet, learn together, and share ideas with others who are concerned about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). This professional event is a unique training and networking opportunity. The purpose of the conference is to bring together and inform medical and mental health providers, childbirth professionals, support and resource providers, caregivers, policy-makers, researchers, volunteers, families, and educators who want to improve their understanding of PMADs and improve their ability to serve childbearing families. Learn more about PSI at

You can choose to attend any combination of the conference events. 

  • Thurs, June 20:   Postpartum Support International Volunteer’s Meeting (1pm) & Dinner (6:30pm)
Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities Available ~ Download Info HERE

PAYMENT: You do not need a PayPal account to use their payment process. If you want to pay with your credit card without PayPal, simply click on the credit card icon above. You will be brought to a "Pay Pal log in page," but you can choose to pay without an PayPal account from there. Enter your card information and it will go right through. Write checks out to NAMI Minnesota, 800 Transfer Rd, #31, St. Paul, MN 55114


Postpartum Support International

Pre-Conference Training

Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders Certificate Course

“Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care”

Wednesday June 19 - Thursday June 20, 2013

Minneapolis Convention Center, Meeting Room 200, Lobby B

8am- 5pm each day


Birdie Meyer, RN, MA;  Pec Indman, EdD, MFT;  Michelle M. Wiersgalla, MD

The 2-day PSI Certificate of Completion Course, taught by experienced and engaging faculty, is a thorough and evidence-based curriculum designed for psychiatrists, nurses, primary care physicians, social workers, mental health providers, childbirth professionals, social support providers, or anyone interested in learning skills and knowledge for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Registration includes training manual, resource handouts, breakfast and lunch.

This Live activity, Postpartum Support International 2-Day Perinatal Mood Disorders Certificate Training Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care, from June 19, 2013 to June 19, 2014, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 12.50 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. AAFP Prescribed credits are accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

This program has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) has allocated 13.75 r-CERPs for this activity. 

This program is approved for 13 hours by the International Chidlbirth Educators Association


Day 1: 

8:00 am           Registration & Breakfast (provided)

8:30 am           Welcome and Introductions

Overview: Entering Motherhood & Why they suffer in silence

  • The Perinatal Period
  • Perfectionism, Dreams, & Expectations
  • Myths of Motherhood
  • Stigma of Mental illness
  • Barriers to Treatment 
The Many Faces of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: 
  • Etiology
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Diagnostic Features
  • Fathers and Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Video - PSI’s educational video: "Healthy Mom, Happy Family: Understanding Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders"

Risk Factors and Prevention

Other Important Considerations:

  • Breastfeeding and PMADS
  • Infertility
  • Adoption
  • Pregnancy Loss
  • Infants in NICU

Lunch (provided), Panel of Survivors 

Screening and Prevention: Screening Tools, Risk Assessment 

Social Support Networks:      

  • 9 Steps to Wellness: Jane Honikman’s self-help model
  • Support Groups and Warm-Lines:  What they look like, how to start one, successful elements
  • Faith Communities and Spirituality

International Incidence and Cultural Differences of PMADs 

Q & A

Day 2:

8:00-8:30a       Registration and breakfast (provided) 

Short Video/ Public Service Announcements 

The Team & Critical Components to Recovery 

Psychotherapeutic Themes and Models:

  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Mother-Infant Therapeutic Approaches 

Complementary and Alternative Therapies 

Legislative Updates

  • Resource Review – Reading Lists and Handouts
  • Local Resources

Lunch (provided) 

DVD:  Wade Bowen: "Turn on the Lights" for PSI 

Effects of Untreated PMADs on Mother, Infant, and Family

PSI DVD “Fathers Respond” 

Pharmacological Interventions - Evidence based research: Michelle M. Wiersgalla, MD

  • Medication Uses and Concerns: Pregnancy, Postpartum and Lactation
  • Risks and Benefits
  • Types of Medications
  • Communicating with patients and families
  • Evaluating Studies and Articles



Learning Objectives of PSI 2-Day Certificate Training

  • Describe common cultural expectations that increase social and psychological pressure on pregnant and postpartum women.
  • Identify the challenges faced when identifying and treating Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. (PMADs)
  • Describe the symptoms and understand the differential diagnosis of prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorders and psychosis.
  • Assess prenatal and postpartum risk factors.
  • Describe effective tools for screening, assessment, intake, and diagnosis of PMADs.
  • Identify treatment and appropriate psychotherapy modalities for PMADs.
  • Discuss breastfeeding and PMADs.
  • Develop psychosocial and self-help treatment plans.
  • Indicate consequences of untreated Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders on infants, children, and partners.
  • Identify ways to create social support programs, including groups and classes.
  • Describe legislative changes and resources related to maternal mental health.
  • Identify specific online resources for pregnant and postpartum women and men.
  • Discuss cultural differences and PMADs.
  • Describe and assess co-existing childbearing complications affecting postpartum mental health.
  • Describe complementary and alternative treatment modalities and research.
  • Discuss spirituality and PMADs.
  • Discuss psychopharmacology as it relates to pregnancy, postpartum, and lactation. 



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Programs and Services







Friday June 21 - Saturday June 22, 2013

8am- 5pm each day

~ Friday evening events,  June 21, 2013 ~

5:15-5:45pm Research Mentoring Session with Barbara Yawn, MD

Friday 6-7pm Poster Session

Friday 6:30pm Silent Auction & Reception

Friday 7pm Banquet

Learn more about Continuing Education Credits HERE

2013 Main Conference Presenters (by topic)

Read the Conference Breakout Schedule HERE

Friday Night Banquet Keynote:

  • Mary Jo Codey, former First Lady of New Jersey, Perinatal Mental Health Advocate
  • Archelle Georgiou, MDBanquet M.C.

Conference Keynotes:

  • Cheryl Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN; Penny Simkin, PT; Sharon Storton, MA, CHT, LMFT; moderated by Pat Harrison, PhD: PTSD, Birth Trauma and Perinatal Mental Health
  • Martha Farrell Erickson, PhD, Founding Director (Emerita) of the University of Minnesota's Children, Youth, & Family Consortium and Co-host of Mom Enough™, Supporting Secure Parent-Child Attachment in the Face of Maternal Depression and Other Risks 
  • Laura Miller, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Current Research and Clinical Updates in Perinatal Mental Health
  • Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, MPH, Founder of the Birthing Project USA: The Underground Railroad for New Life
Breakouts (by topic)

Childbirth, Childbirth Professionals, and Maternal Mental Health

  • Doulas - Adding Another Dimension to Effective PMAD Support: Melinda Ferguson, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA), PDT(DONA)
  • Failure to Progress: The Paradox of Pain in Childbirth and Subsequent PTSD: Walker Karraa, PhDc and Heidi Koss, MA, LMHC

Advocacy, Legal, Legislative & Policy

  • Postpartum Psychosis and the Law: Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD and George Parnham, JD
  • Maternal Mental Health Legislation and Advocacy Workshop: How to create policy and implement Change:  Moderators Wendy Davis, PhD & Liz Friedman, with  Sue Abderholden, MPH; Sonia Murdock; Joy Burkhard, MBA; Carole Sheehan, RN, MA; Christina Hibbert, PsyD; Tina Walch, MD; Pauline Walfisch, LCSW
  • Policy and public health aspects of addressing postpartum depression: Katy Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA; Patricia McGovern, PhD; Dwenda Gerdingen, MD, Laura Attanasio  

Psychological and Developmental Aspects

  • Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Treat Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Nina Appadurai, PsyD, and Linda Huelke-Pfleger, MS, LCPC
  • Surviving the NICU Experience: Postpartum Moms, Moods, and Strengthening Attachments: Leslie Butterfield, PhD
  • Infant-Parent Psychotherapy: Elizabeth Carlson, PhD and Susan Schultz, PhD.
  • Strengthening Perinatal Families: Using Couple’s & Family Therapy to Heal Relationships: Christina G. Hibbert, PsyD

Culturally-Informed Projects

  • Fussy Baby Network® New Orleans & Gulf Coast: Addressing Family Wellness: Courtney Morse Costello, MSW, MPH, LCSW and Jennifer Hofherr, OTR/L, MS
  • Stretching the boundaries: training non-mental health perinatal professionals to meet the support needs of rural pregnant and postpartum women: Deborah Rich, PhD, LP; Krista Post, MA, LP; Maureen O’Dougherty, PhD; Suzanne Swanson, PhD, LP; Crystal Clancy, MSW
  • "Aquí Para Ti/Here for You" A glimpse at those overlooked - Latino Teens with Postpartum Depression: Amelia Yaurincela Pizarro, Mónica Hurtado
Integrating Medical and Mental Health Care
  • Bridges in Care: Results from the OB CARES Project: Gina Fedock, MSW, Christie Palladino, MD, MSc, Caroline Bonham, MD
  • Making Children Visible by Addressing the Parenting Needs of Mothers with Serious Mental Illness: Helen Kim, MD; Jesse Kuendig, MA, LICSW; Catherine Wright, MS, LPCC;
  • Innovation in Established Perinatal Depression Screening Programs: Jo Kim, PhD: Continuous
  • Transforming Science Into Strategy: Operationalizing Clinically Integrated Perinatal Mental Health: Alison Palmer, MS, WHNP-BC
  • Feelings, Thoughts, Behaviors Oh My! A New NICU Family Program: Sage Saxton, PsyD; Jillian Romm, RN, LCSW; Jennifer Horner, LCSW
  • Depression and Anxiety in the Pregnant Patient: Medication & Beyond: Kelly Brogan, MD

Social Support Network Development

  • Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP), 35 years of Successful Social Support: Chris Errea & Jane Honikman, MS
  • Promoting Maternal Mental Health through the Community-Based Perinatal Support Model for Mothers: Liz Friedman, MFA and Linda Jablonski, RNC, MSN
  • Workshop - Developing a Sustainable Social Support Network in Your Community: Birdie Meyer, RN, MA Moderator, with Social Support Network Leaders Meeka Centimano, Wendy Davis, Tonya Fulwider, Elizabeth Hopfenspirger, Adrienne Griffen, Heidi Koss, Lynne McIntyre, Sonia Murdock

The Next Chapter: Building from Our Own Stories

Moderated by Suzanne Swanson, PhD:  Ashley Ashbacher LSW, CD(DONA): Birth trauma; Michele Davidson, PhD, CNM, CFN, RN, CPS: Postpartum Psychosis; Mikki Morrissette (Single mothers by choice); Jennifer Moyer: Advocacy and Perinatal Mental Health; Trisha Falvey: LGBT Experience 

Poster Presentations

Friday, June 21, 6:00-7:00pm, with Pre-Banquet Reception

  • Moms 4 Moms: The development of an Effective Peer Support Intervention for High-Risk Mothers and Their Children: Dayna Le Platte, MD, the PSI Susan A. Hickman research Award Winner 2011 
  • Partner Relationships:  A risk and a protection for postpartum depression: Jamie E. Banker, Ph.D., LMFT 

  • Pregnancy after Infertility Treatment: Understanding and Supporting Prenatal Attachment: Staci Born MS, LAMFT, LPC, NCC 
  • Childbirth Related PTSD, The Overlooked Diagnosis: Leslie Butterfield, PhD 
  • Differences in clinical characteristics between women with Bipolar vs Unipolar Postpartum Depression: A Preliminary Study, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology: Cere Gillette Fingerhut, MS, Katherine E. Williams, MD, Tonita E. Wroolie, PhD
  • UNC Perinatal Psychiatry Program, New Approaches to Caring and Treatment of Perinatal Mood Disorders: Diana Fryer, RN-BC, PMH
  • Online Therapy and Groups: The Wave of the Future: Pec Indman, EdD, MFT 
  • Pregnancy Experiences: Maternal Identity, Body Experience and Social Constructions: Jessica A. Joseph, MA and Lisa R. Rubin, PhD 
  • An international internet-based prevention of PPD trial: Who came and how they used it: Alex R. Kelman, BA, Alinne Z. Barrera, PhD, Ricardo F. Muñoz, PhD
  • Nurturing Blooming Mothers: Sara Longacre and Brianna Murugesan, D.O. 
  • Placenta Consumption, Another Piece in the Puzzle: Margaret McKinley Owens CLC, PCD(DONA) and Anne Ferguson, HCHI, CD(DONA)
  • Perceptions of Postnatal Depression from Healthcare Providers within the Public Sector System in Mexico City and Yautepec, Mexico; Jean Marie Place, MSW, MPH
  • A Comparison of Two Post-Partum Depression Assessments Used in the Hospital Setting: Nancy Roberts, RN CCE CBC 
  • Universal EPDS Screening in a Large Multispecialty Clinic: Michelle Wiersgalla, MD and Gabrielle Mauren, PhD 
  • Treating Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Naturally: Cheryl Zauderer, PhD, CNM, NPP  

Reduced Conference Fees for PSI Members

We offer a lower conference registration for current PSI members and for those joining PSI at this time. Membership is considered current if paid by May 1, 2013. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact the PSI office at To join or renew your membership with PSI at this time, please also select a membership option from the list above.

Registration fees include: breakfast, lunch, snacks, syllabus, CEUs. If you would like to bring guests to the banquet, please purchase extra banquet guest tickets above.

CMEs, CEs, and CERPs

CMEs: This Live activity, Postpartum Support International 26th Annual Conference, with a beginning date of 06/21/2013, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 13.25 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. AAFP Prescribed credits are accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

CERPs: This program has been approved for 30.75 CERPs. IBLCE Approval Number C1338537

CEs: This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy for 27 hours of credit for LPC's. This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Social Work for 27 hours of credit. This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Psychology for 27.5 hours of credit - Log Number 201304.117.

CEs for NURSES: This program is approved by IU Health Indianapolis. IU Health Indianapolis (OH-412, 6/1/2013) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses and Social Workers will be granted hours for this education offering.   Attendance for the entire education offering and submission of an evaluation are required to obtain contact hours.

Please contact Wendy Davis if you need program content to send to your credentialing board

Accommodations & Travel


Millennium Hotel Minneapolis

1313 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

A discounted room rate has been reserved for conference attendees. Guaranteed discounted rate available until May 24. Please request the group rate for "Postpartum Support International" when reserving your room to receive the discounted rate of $125 single or double occupancy, $140 triple or $155 quadruple occupancy per night. The discounted room rate is reserved for a limited time only and rooms are going fast. Please reserve early!

To book with group discount please contact:

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis

Online Reservations: Click here

Phone Reservations: 612.332.6000

Local Airport:

MSP (Minneapolis/St. Paul) Airport

Click here for directions and transportation from MSP to the Minneapolis Convention Center


 PSI Volunteers Meeting and Dinner

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Minneapolis Convention Center

Volunteers Meeting 1:00pm-5:30pm

Volunteer and PSI Board Dinner: 6:30pm-9:00pm

PSI Volunteers are  provide support, information and resources within their local communities. The Annual Coordinator's Meeting takes place on Thursday, June 20th, 2013, from 1:00pm - 5:30pm. This meeting is our yearly opportunity to connect with, support and learn from one another. We will discuss common goals, challenges and solutions, and share strategies to develop successful support networks. The Annual Volunteer and Board Dinner will also be held on Thursday, September 15 at 6:30pm. This dinner is free for current PSI volunteers. Volunteers -- Please RSVP by selecting your free ticket above.


Cancellation and Refund Policy 

Cancellations received on or before 5/19/13 will receive a refund of full amount paid minus a $50 processing fee. Alternately, participants can transfer their registration as a tax-deductible donation to the PSI 2013 Volunteer Scholarship fund. Contact us at if you would like to turn your refund into a donation!

Cancellations received between 5/20/13 and 6/9/13 will be refunded 50% of registration fee.

No refund will be issued for cancellations received after 6/9/13. Late requests for refunds due to a family emergency will be considered only on a case-by-case basis.

Have questions about 26th Annual Postpartum Support International (PSI) Conference? Contact NAMI Minnesota

When & Where

Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave South
Minneapolis, 55403

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM

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