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Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders: Assessment and Treatment Strategie...

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Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders: Assessment and Treatment Strategies

6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers

$250 single; $200 each for 5 or more

Alumni will receive a $50 discount. Please email swope@columbia.edu for the promotional code. Your email should contain your name and the year you graduated.

*Open to the public


The incidence of Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders ranges from 12 – 20% during the ante natal and postnatal period. The untold suffering and incalculable costs of untreated perinatal mood disorders had previously escaped formal assessment, detection and treatment in the United States. As incidence continued to rise, NIMH and other researchers bodies focused on learning more about these common but devastating disorders. As risk factors increase, so does the likelihood of under treatment or no treatment of these disorders, thereby disproportionately affecting economically disadvantaged, minority or immigrant populations. The tolls of untreated maternal depression range from poor infant bonding and protracted affective disturbance in the mother (including psychosis and suicide), to behavioral and emotional deficits in the infant which can manifest throughout his life.

Current legislation in NY and NJ mandates provider/agency offered education of new mothers and in some cases screening prior to discharge from birthing facilities. As social workers are increasingly tasked with assessment and discharge planning in maternity units or clinical assessment/screening/treatment in agencies or private practice, it is essential that they become familiar with these highly treatable disorders.

Workshop Description

Through lecture, video, case studies, discussion and group work, participants will learn how to convey the incidence, symptoms, risk factors, available treatments and consequences of untreated maternal depression.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn to:

  • Recite the incidence of perinatal mood disorders
  • Name two assessment tools specifically developed to identify the possibility of postpartum mood disorders
  • Identify 8 risk factors associated with the development of perinatal mood disorders
  • Identify three evidenced based treatments for perinatal mood disorders and barriers to accessing those treatments
  • Describe federal and state legislation mandates (NY, NJ, CT and PA) of which social workers should be aware in order to guide treatment protocols


Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW is an award winning therapist, author, and nationally recognized mental health expert. Ms. Stone was the president of Postpartum Support International (PSI), and currently sits on PSI’s Advisory Council. She is a an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Silver School of Social Work, New York University.

Ms. Stone was a contributor to the NJ Governor’s Task Force Educational Webinar on postpartum depression and is a frequent author and cited resource on the topic of perinatal mental health; her co-edited book, Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders: Perspectives and Treatment Guide for the Healthcare Practitioner (Stone & Menken, eds, Springer, 2008), has been adopted by medical and psychiatric professional education programs around the world. While working at Hackensack University Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry, she helped form and facilitate the Postpartum Psychotherapy program which helped assess, identify and treat women at risk or diagnosed with perinatal mood disorders.

Ms. Stone is a NJHSS Certified Perinatal Mood Disorders Instructor and regularly presents on women’s reproductive mental health issues at educational conferences and universities, seminars and in the media. Her national television appearances have included the CBS Early Show, ABC News, NJN News, NBC News, The New Morning Show (Hallmark), A Place of Our Own (PBS), the Morning Show (FOX) and many others.

At the invitation of congressional leaders, including U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and IL Congressman Bobby L. Rush, she has presented at Capitol Hill Press Conferences with co-advocates Brooke Shields, NJ First Lady Mary Jo Codey and other notable advocates for PPD. Her work was pivotal in including maternal mental health coverage in the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act.

Continuing Education Contact Hours Information

6.5 contact hours will be awarded for NYS, NJ and CT licensed social workers. Licensed Social Workers for other states, please refer to your state licensing agency and email swope@columbia.edu. In order to receive your continuing education certificate, you must attend the entire workshop. Certificates will be emailed within 30 days of the workshop. CSSW is an approved NYSED provider for continuing education contact hours and a CSWE accredited institution.

Special Accommodations and Grievance Policy

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Cancellation policy: Fees will be refunded less a $5.00 processing fee, if written notification is received by the Office of Professional Excellence up to two weeks prior to the workshop date.

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