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Postpartum Support International-Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care

Zucker Hillside Hospital Perinatal Psychiatry in collaboration with Postpartum Resource Center of NY and the Nassau County Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder's Task Force

Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Friday, November 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM (EST)

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 Zucker Hillside Perinatal Psychiatry presents The 2-day Postpartum Support International Certificate of Completion Course.  This course is 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.

Why You Should Attend

Depression and other mood disorders occur in up to 15% of pregnancies and postpartum women. Perinatal mood disorders are the most common complication of pregnancy, and most often are undiagnosed and untreated. Untreated maternal mood disorders can have significant long-term negative consequences on the mother, fetus, infant, and family. These can include chronic maternal depression, low birth weight, premature birth, and family conflict.

Postpartum Support International

Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders Certificate Training

“Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care”

Zucker Hillside Hospital

Glen Oaks, NY


 Day One

8:00-8:30         Registration

8:30-8:45         Welcome and Thanks to Sponsors

                       Introduction to PSI and Faculty

8:45-9:30         Overview: Entering Motherhood & Why they suffer in silence

Ø  The Perinatal Period

Ø  Perfectionism, Dreams, & Expectations

Ø  Myths of Motherhood

Ø  Stigma of Mental illness

                              Ø  Barriers to Treatment

9:30-10:30       The Many Faces of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders:

Ø  Etiology

Ø  Signs and Symptoms

Ø  Diagnostic Features

Ø  Dads and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders

 10:30-10:45     Break

 10:45-11:00     Video - PSI’s educational video: "Healthy Mom, Happy Family: Understanding Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders"

 11:00-11:15     Risk Factors and Prevention

 11:15-12:15     Legislative Updates

Ø  Resource Review – Reading Lists and Handouts

Ø  Local Resources

 12:15-1:30       Lunch (provided) Panel of Survivors, facilitated by PSI Faculty       

1:30-2:45         Screening and Prevention: Screening Tools and Assessment

 2:45-3:00         Social Support Networks: 

Ø  9 Steps to Wellness:  Jane Honikman’s self-help model

3:00-3:15         15 min break

 3:15-4:00         Support Groups and Warmlines:

Ø  What they look like, how to start one, successful elements

4:00-4:10         Faith Communities and Spirituality

 4:10-4:30         International Incidence and Cultural Differences of PMADs

 4:30-4:45         Q & A 

4:45 -5:00        Evaluations and Day 1 sign out



 Day Two

 8:00-8:30         Registration and breakfast

 8:30-8:45         Public Service Announcements

 8:45-9:00         The Team & Critical Components to Recovery

 9:00-10:30       Psychotherapeutic Themes and Models:

Ø  Interpersonal Therapy

Ø  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Ø  Group Therapy

Ø  Couples Therapy

Ø  Mother-Infant Therapeutic Approaches

 10:30 -10:45 Break

 10:45-11:15     Complementary and Alternative Therapies CAM

 11:15-12:00     Other Important Considerations:

Ø  Breastfeeding and PMADs

Ø  Infertility

Ø  Adoption

Ø  Pregnancy Loss

Ø  Infants in NICU

 12:00-1:00        Lunch (provided) and Networking

 1:00-1:10         DVD:  Wade Bowen: "Turn on the Lights" for PSI

 1:10-2:15         Effects of Untreated PMADs on Mother, Infant, and Family

 2:15-2:30         Break

 2:30-2:45         PSI DVD “Fathers Respond”

 2:45-4:30         Pharmacological Interventions in Pregnancy, Postpartum and Lactation

Ø  Evidence based research

Ø  Evaluating Studies and Article

Ø  Talking with families about medication

4:30-4:45         Wrap-Up/Discussion

4:45-5:00         Evaluations and sign out

 Featured Speakers

Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA 

Birdie is an RN with a Master’s in Counseling. She is a past president of PSI and is currently serving as the Chair of Education and Training.  Birdie is a PSI Certified PMD International Trainer and speaks frequently to communities, nursing schools, grand rounds, and conferences. Birdie specializes in the recognition and treatment of pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.  She is the coordinator of the Perinatal Mood Disorders Program at  Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, IN.  Birdie is highlighted as a PMD expert in PSI’s DVD that is shown around the country. “Healthy Mom, Happy Family:  Understanding Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders”.

Sonia Murdock, BA

Sonia Murdock is a perinatal mood and anxiety disorders trainer and consultant. She co-founded and is the Executive Director of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc., and a past president of Postpartum Support International. She has been honored with numerous awards including Postpartum Support International's Jane Honikman Award for a model perinatal depression parent support network, Volvo for Life's Top 100 Heroes and an inductee into the Suffolk County, New York Women's Hall of Fame.

Tina Walch, MD

Dr. Tina Walch is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  She is the founding Director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Center at Zucker Hillside Hospital and is an Assistant professor at The Hofstra North Shore Long Island Jewish School of Medicine at Hofstra. Dr.Walch has been an invited guest speaker on the topic of perinatal psychiatry, is the creator of an award winning educational video entitled “Why am I Blue?” and successfully developed and launched the Perinatal Mood Disorders Advocacy Campaign “Ask the Question”.

Lisa Testa, PhD

Dr. Lisa Testa is a clinical psychologist and the Program Coordinator for the Perinatal Psychiatry Service at Zucker Hillside Hospital. She received certification in the assessment and diagnosis of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders through Postpartum Support International in 2011. She is also a trained therapist in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.


What are my parking options at the event?

There is local on street parking.  Free Valet Parking will also be provided at the 263rd street entrance.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Pauline Walfisch, LCSW  can be reached at (718/516) 470- 4MOM (4666)

Are continuing education credits provided?

Yes, please see below. Participants should check with their own boards to confirm.




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 will be granted 13.75 contact hours.  Attendance at the entire event and submission of an evaluation are required to obtain contact hours. 


Physicians and Certified Nurse Midwives

CME: 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.


AMA/AAFP Equivalency:  AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1. These credits are applicable for CNMs and advance practice nurses. Psychologists should check with their state boards to confirm acceptance of these CE credits


Certified Counselors

This program has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors for 13.75 contact hours. 


International Childbirth Education Association

"Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care" is approved for thirteen (13.0) contact hours.


Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE)

CERP approval pending from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.


Social Workers

Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, has been approved by the Indiana Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor Board to provide Category I Continuing Education program for: LSW, LCSW, and MTC in Indiana. This program provides a maximum of 13.75 contact hours for Indiana licensed social workers. Licensed Social Workers from other states should check with their state licensing boards for approval. Please contact if you would like supplemental materials to submit to your board.

When & Where

Zucker Hillside Hospital- Sloman Auditorium
75-59 263rd Street
Glen Oaks, NY 11004

Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Friday, November 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM (EST)

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Zucker Hillside Hospital Perinatal Psychiatry in collaboration with Postpartum Resource Center of NY and the Nassau County Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder's Task Force

The Zucker Hillside Hospital is North Shore-LIJ’s nationally recognized behavioral health center known for its pioneering clinical, teaching and research programs. Our outpatient programs serve all ages and encompass the full continuum of care. These services include the Perinatal Psychiatry Service- a team of multidisciplinary providers committed to women's health issues-specifically those of new or expectant mothers.  

The Nassau County Perinatal Mood and Anxiety disorders task force is a multidisciplinary and multi-system group of providers committed to improving awareness and access to care for new and expectent mothers.  The task force is made up of pediatricians, psychiatrists, OB nurses, social workers and child care providers representing several local insitutions including Zucker Hillside, South Oaks, Nassau University Medical Center, Winthrop, South Nassau Community Hospital, Visiting Nurse Services, the Child Care Council of Nassau County, the Dianne Goldberg Maternal Depression Program- North Shore Child and Family Guidance, United Healthcare,  The Postpartum Resource Center of New York, and the Nassau County Department of Health. 

For questions about this event or more information, please call Pauline Walfisch, LCSW at (718/516) 470-4MOM (4666) or Angeles Davila-Torres at (516) 227-9422


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