Postpartum Support International Online Social Support Training

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Join us for the Postpartum Support International Perinatal Social Support webinar series:

Developing support networks for pregnant and postpartum families

This web series is designed for all social support advocates for pregnant and postpartum women and families, including volunteers, group facilitators, community members, and providers involved in developing support groups or networks.


Participants who attend all 11 classes will receive a PSI Certificate of Completion in Perinatal Social Support Network Development

Register for the whole course and receive all eleven recordings and handouts.

We will send you the  links to the recordings and the handouts after you purchase the class. It is not sent automatically, but  you will receive them within 48 hours.


Learn from experienced leaders about supporting pregnant and postpartum moms, dads, and families. You'll hear about successful telephone support, groups, community networks, recruiting and training volunteers, fundraising, and more. Network with others, share your questions, and find ways to develop your group or community network.

All sessions are recorded and available for registered participants. You can purchase this series or individual classes. We will send you the recordings and handouts, and a certificate of completion after you watch the complete series. 


Session 1

  • Introduction to Social Support, Leadership & FacilitationWendy Davis, PhD; Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MS

  • Beyond Talk into Action: Meeting the Needs of Perinatal FamiliesJane Honikman, MS

Session 2

  • Overview of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders for Social SupportWendy N Davis, PhD, PSI Executive Director

Session 3

  • Providing Support: Telephone Warmlines and Email SupportCrystal Clancy, Tonya Fulwider, Wendy Davis
  • Emergency Protocols & BoundariesWendy Davis


Session 4 

  • Developing Social Support Groups and Guidelines: Guidelines for support groups and classes: guidelines, formats, attendance, outreach Sarah Checcone, Crystal Clancy, Tonya Fulwider

Session 5

  • Examples of 3 Support Groups in the United States 
    • Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP) - California
    • MotherWoman - Massachusetts
    • Baby Blues Connection - Oregon

Session 6

  • Hospital-Based Screening & Support Programs: System of referral, screening and algorithms, working with physicians and other providersBirdie Gunyon Meyer, Lita Simanis, Melissa Hoffman, Alison Palmer


Session 7

  • Involving Dads, Partners, and FamiliesDanny Singley, Lita Simanis, Christina Hibbert 

Session 8 

  • Addressing Cultural DiversityNatashia Fuksman, Marisela Rosales, Dalia Kenig


Session 9

  • Volunteers - Recruiting, Training & SupportingCrystal Clancy, Wendy Davis
  • Community Presentations & Public AwarenessBirdie Gunyon Meyer

Session 10

  • Funding & Marketing, Non-Profit DevelopmentWendy Davis
  • Data Collection and EvaluationMaureen Provenzale

Session 11

  • Building Relationships with Community Partners & Providers. Connecting with local resources, creating provider resource listMisty Wainwright, Nancy Roberts
  • Resources for Social Support Organizations; online groups and resources, training and education, social media support, blogs and websites, books, materials, specialized treatment facilitiesWendy Davis, Birdie Gunyon Meyer



Sarah Workman Checcone, JD

Sarah Workman Checcone is the founder and Executive Director of Postpartum Society of Florida (, a non-profit mom-to-mom organization based in Sarasota, whose mission is to ease the transition from pregnancy to parenthood. She is the author of From Bump to Grind: The Secret Scoop on Labor, Delivery & Early Motherhood, producer and co-creator of MiTunes: Mother-Infant Music, an innovative postpartum support and PMAD screening tool, as well as a PSI Coordinator in Florida. Sarah holds a Juris Doctor in Law degree from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. She is also a Certified Instructor of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator(r) and the Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children(r), and the owner & founder of Translationships: Bridging Communication Gaps Personality Consulting ( Sarah and her husband of eleven years have four children and live in Sarasota, Florida.

Crystal Clancy, LMFT

Crystal Clancy is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Eagan, Minnesota. She is also on of the the founding members and codirector of Pregnancy and Postpartum Support MN, a nonprofit that supports new and expectant parents in need of mental health resources. In 2010, Crystal codeveloped the warmline for this organization. She is married and has two kids aged 12 and 9.

Annette Cycon LICSW

Annette Cycon is the Founder of MotherWoman in Hadley MA. She began her social work career in 1987 as an outpatient child and family therapist, with a specialty in women’s issues, trauma, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and group psychotherapy. In 1999, Cycon founded MotherWoman, a support and advocacy organization, based on the premise that when mothers are well supported, everyone benefits. Based on 25 years of experience in the power of groups for women, Cycon designed, with Liz Friedman, the MotherWoman Support Group Model© and has trained facilitators in MotherWoman Groups that are being implemented nation-wide. She is co-author, with Friedman and Dr Peggy O’Neill, on research about the effectiveness of support groups for postpartum women. Cycon is certified by Postpartum Support International and is widely respected for her curriculum development and training expertise on Perinatal Mood Disorders. She and her work at MotherWoman are highlighted in the new documentary on postpartum depression, entitled "Dark Side of the Full Moon".

Wendy N Davis, PhD

Wendy Davis, PhD, has a counseling and consulting practice in Portland Oregon, specializing in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum mental health. She is the Executive Director for Postpartum Support International (PSI), where she coordinates PSI services, programs, and 200 U.S. and International PSI Support Volunteers. She is a founding member of the National Coaltion of Maternal Mental Health. Wendy is the Founding Director of Baby Blues Connection, and now serves as their clinical advisor and volunteer training consultant.  She chaired Oregon's Maternal Mental Health Workgroup convened by legislation in 2009 and the subsequent committee that wrote Oregon’s successful Maternal Mental Health Patient and Provider Education Act legislation in 2011. Wendy consults to public health departments in their development of initiatives to support public awareness, treatment pathways, and provider education of the mental health needs of pregnant, postpartum, and post pregnancy-loss women and their families. Wendy is an international perinatal mental health educator, providing training and consultation in governmental, clinical, and community settings, and working with diverse communities to develop sustainable perinatal mental health support and treatment networks. and


Angie Fitzpatrick

Angie Fitzpatrick is the Program Director for Baby Blues Connection in Portland, Oregon since 2007. She experienced postpartum depression after the birth of her on as well as antenatal anxiety while pregnant with her daughter. She strongly believes that social support is a key component necessary for recovery. She enjoys watercolor painting, gardening and rock climbing.


Natashia Fuksman

Natashia Fuksman, MA is a practicing therapist and group facilitator in the East Bay Area. With over 20 years of working with individuals, couples and families Natashia's main focus has been on working within the realms of identity as it relates to parenthood, with a keen focus on identity shifts with intimacy and culture throughout our life cycle. Originally from NYC, Natashia is the featured doula and childbirth educator in, "The Business of Being Born", which was filmed during her years of working in the perinatal field in NYC. She has served on the boards of DONA International, Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan NY, Postpartum Support International and Birthways. She is the Founding Director of The NYC Doula Collective and the former Doula Trainer for The NYC Open Center. Aside from her private practice, Natashia is a facilitator with Oakland Mom2Mom and a member of the Mount Diablo Family Resource Network. Natashia offers talks and workshops relating to sexuality, cultural identity and parenthood throughout the Bay Area. Natashia is the mother of two beautiful boys, she grew up tri-lingual, with her family's roots from Eastern Europe and Brazil. 


Tonya Fulwider

Tonya Fulwider is a co-founder of POEM (Perinatal Outreach & Encouragement for Moms), a state and regional coordinator for PSI, the Program Director of Mental Health America of Franklin County, and a Mental Health First Aid instructor. Tonya has been active in pregnancy and postpartum support, advocacy and education for over 15 years and is a 2009 recipient of the PSI Jane Honikman Award. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two daughters.


Christina Hibbert, PhD

Dr. Christina Hibbert is the author of the bestselling, IPPY-award winning memoir, This Is How We Grow. She is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Flagstaff, AZ, specializing in women’s mental health, pregnancy/postpartum, grief/loss, motherhood, parenting, self-esteem, and personal growth. Dr. Hibbert is the founder of the Arizona Postpartum Wellness Coalition (, producer of the internationally-sold Postpartum Couples DVD, and a popular and dynamic speaker. Her second book, Who Am I Without You? 52 Ways to Build Self-Esteem After a Breakup, with New Harbinger Publications, will be released in March 2015, and she is currently writing her third book, with Norton Publishing, on 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise. Mostly, though, “Christi” is a wife and full-time mother of six children, ages 18 to 7. When she’s not trying to keep up with her family, Christi enjoys traveling, songwriting, naps, reading in hammocks, and dark chocolate. Visit Dr. Hibbert's popular blog, “The Psychologist, The Mom, & Me,” and learn more at


Melissa Hoffman, RN

Melissa Hoffman, RN is mother of two boys and a Community Education Specialist for Prenatal/Parenting programs in Lawrence, Kansas. She has dedicated 14 years promoting health and wellness for expectant and new parents, and is a former labor and delivery nurse, certified Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Educator, and Doula. PSI Regional Midwest and Kansas Coordinator and Area Coordinator for the Kansas Preg/Postpartum Resource Center. Melissa is getting a Doctorate in Clinical Nursing Practice in the area of mental health.


Jane Honikman, MS

Jane Honikman, MS, Founder of Postpartum Support International, began her career in maternal mental health in 1977 when she co-founded Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP). In 1981 Jane received a grant from the American Association of University Women to study the Growth and Dynamics of Postpartum Support Groups. She became the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Birth Resource Center in 1984 and that same year attended her first Marcé Society conference. In 1987 she founded Postpartum Support International (PSI) as a result of organizing the first conference on Women’s Mental Health Following Childbirth held in Santa Barbara. She was elected as PSI’s first President in 1989 and as Founding Director operated the organization from her home until 2004. Jane has authored many articles and educational materials on postpartum issues and how to start community support networks based on her books I’m Listening (2002) and Community Support for New Families (2013). In 2012 I’m Listening was adapted by the humanitarian organization CARE for their Facilitator’s Training Guide for use in Bangladesh. It has also been translated into Chinese and Hebrew. Her expertise is based upon her struggles as a new mother. She continues to lecture and train internationally on the role of social support and the emotional health of families. Jane’s own family includes her supportive husband of 47 years, 3 adult children, their spouses, and 8 grandchildren (and a cat). She enjoys living a healthy and active lifestyle in Santa Barbara.


Dalia Kenig, M.A., MFT

I am a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Encino CA, working with individuals, couples and families since 1990. My educational background includes B.A. in clinical social work for Tel Aviv University, Israel as well as an M.A in clinical psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy from California Graduate Institute, Los Angeles. My therapeutic approach is Integrative Psychotherapy. I incorporate traditional Psychotherapy with Body-Mind interventions that aims to promote a healthy connection between body, mind and spirit to support positive change, recovery and wellbeing. I specialize in the treatment of Depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic stress disorders, chronic stress related physical conditions, Perinatal Mood disorders and challenges related to transition to motherhood. I am a proud member with PSI and strongly identify with its mission to expand reliable information, access, support, and community resources to women and families who struggle with mental health issues related to childbearing. I believe “it takes a village” to increase awareness to this topic and to expand support and care to those who need it. That is why I chose to volunteer with PSI helpline and serve as a volunteer coordinator along with other wonderful volunteers and staff.

Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA

Birdie Gunyon Meyer is Coordinator of the Perinatal Mood Disorders Program at Indiana University Health, PSI Past-President, Chair of Training and Education Committee, and an international national trainer for PSI’s certificate course. Birdie is a childbirth educator and lactation counselor and specializes in treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. She is on a statewide task force and was the expert on a CD used to train Healthy Families Home Visitors, produced by Indiana Perinatal Network.

Alison Palmer, MS, APRN, WHNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Alison Palmer  is dual certified as a women's health and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. She received her undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees from Boston College, and post-grad certificate from Rivier University. She is currently practicing at Manchester OBGYN Associates in New Hampshire, integrating mental health care for women within all aspects of perinatal and gynecological care. She also works at Elliot Behavioral Health Services specializing in reproductive psychiatry. Alison was previously the perinatal mental health nurse coordinator at Elliot Hospital where she established the organization's “Pregnancy and Postpartum Emotional Support Program” and “Perinatal Mood Disorder Taskforce”. As a member of AWHONN and the NH State Coordinator for Postpartum Support International, Alison's clinical focus is to improve awareness of perinatal mental health initiatives and relative evidenced-based practice among nurses, obstetric, and pediatric health providers in the community. She has been funded by grants awarded from the Endowment for Health to develop and implement a standard of care for perinatal mood disorders within Elliot Health System. She can often be found somewhere in a cold New England ice rink enjoying her son’s hockey games.

Nancy Roberts, RN, CCE, CBC

Nancy Roberts is an Obstetrical Registered Nurse, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, and Certified Childbirth Educator at Spectrum Health Hospital in Grand Rapids. For the past 20 years, she has been instrumental in the growth and development of the Postpartum Emotional Support Program, facilitating the Postpartum Depression Support Group and coordinating the inpatient PPD screening program. She has been a Michigan Coordinator for Postpartum Support International for many years. Nancy is dually employed at the New Pine Rest Mother and Baby Day Program, teaching various psycho educational classes to the pregnant and postpartum women who attend.

Marisela Rosales, LCSW

Marisela Rosales is an LCSW working in private practice in Whittier, California, specializing in perinatal mood disorders, couples, and families. She is endorsed by the state of California as an Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and has extensive experience working with children age birth to five and their families. She has run postpartum groups and has provided training on perinatal mood disorders for family practice physicians in the Whittier area. Marisela has volunteered for PSI’s Spanish Warmline and is currently the coordinator for PSI’s Spanish Warmline Volunteers.

Lita Simanis, LCSW

Lita Simanis, LCSW is Coordinator of the Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorder Program at Alexian Brothers Health System. She also works as a Perinatal Mental Health Clinician on the North Shore Mom’s Line. Since 2008, Lita has been the co-coordinator of the Postpartum Depression Illinois Alliance. Lita graduated from the Jane Addams School of Social Work in 2005 and completed internships at Women’s Residential Services and Alexian Brothers Behavioral Hospital. At Alexian Brothers, Lita began working with Leslie Lowell-Stoutenburg, the founder of the Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorder Program, and developed a passion for working with moms and babies. Lita has worked as a Psychiatric Case Manager, Therapist and Utilization Management Coordinator at Alexian Brothers, as a Project Manager at the HRSA-UIC Perinatal Depression Project, and as a Facility Care Manager at United Behavioral Health. Lita is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers and Postpartum Support International. She is a Certified Massage Therapist and certified in Bodywork for the Childbearing Year™. Lita has served on the board of the Latvian School of Chicago as special projects coordinator and as president, and has worked on several committees.

Danny Singley, PhD

Dr. Daniel Singley is a licensed clinical psychologist whose research, practice, and training interests are focused in the area of men’s issues including substance abuse, anger/stress management, depression, relationship problems, work-life balance, infertility, and new fatherhood. In conjunction with Scripps Hospital, Dr. Singley developed the Basic Training for New Dads class which teaches expectant fathers and fathers of infants specialized skills and techniques to stay emotionally healthy and engaged with their babies as well their partners during the transition to new fatherhood. Dr. Singley is also the PI for an ongoing program of research whose aim is to clarify the specifics of how men and couples adjust to new parenthood. When he’s not working, Dr. Singley like to surf, cook, and take his two boys on hikes to throw rocks at things. 


Misty M. Wainwright MA, LPC, NCC, LLC

Misty Mayeux-Wainwright is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Board Certified Counselor, who specializes in the field of women’s mental health with a specific interest in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Misty served as a counselor and Regional Supervisor of Counseling programs within the Louisiana Community and Technical College System for seven years before starting her private practice in 2005. Today, Misty sees clients upon referral from numerous physicians, clinicians and families within the region. She possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Northwestern State University. Misty currently serves, in a volunteer capacity, as the Louisiana Coordinator and South Central U.S. Coordinator for Postpartum Support International. In this role, Misty provides research and support services to medical and mental health professionals in addition to providing educational resources to women and their families. As a PSI volunteer, she networks with postpartum specialists across the nation to ensure research and resources are available to women and families in Louisiana. In 2009, Misty, along with two local psychiatrists, co- founded the Louisiana Education Alliance for Perinatal Mental Health. The mission of this organization is to provide professional peer support to clinicians through the review of relevant research in order to promote the advancement of knowledge within the field of women’s mental health. She is also a member of the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Louisiana Counseling Association. Misty resides with her husband William in Madisonville and her real passion in life is being a Mom to her two children Zachary and Ella-Grace.


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