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President's Advisory Council
Perinatal Mental Health Webinar Series

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PSI President's Advisory Council Webinar Series

Postpartum Support International

Monday, December 24, 2018 at 1:00 PM - Monday, February 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM (PST)

PSI President's Advisory Council Webinar Series

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee
Online Recordings of complete Series (Full fee).
We will send you recordings and handouts of all seven classes when you purchase the whole series.
Feb 2, 2021 $250.00 $5.99
Single Class Recordings - Full Fee (choose at registration)   more info Feb 2, 2021 $40.00 $1.79
PSI Member - Recordings of Whole Course
Learn more about PSI membership here
Feb 2, 2021 $175.00 $4.49
PSI Member - Recordings of Single Classes   more info Feb 2, 2021 $30.00 $1.59
Student/Resident - Recordings of Whole course Feb 2, 2021 $100.00 $2.99
Student/Resident - Recordings of Single classes Feb 2, 2021 $15.00 $1.29
PSI Volunteer - Recordings of Whole Course
For more information about becoming a PSI Volunteer, write to us at
Feb 2, 2021 $70.00 $2.39
PSI Volunteer - Recordings of Single Classes Feb 2, 2021 $10.00 $1.19

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Postpartum Support International

President's Advisory Council
Perinatal Mental Health Webinar Series

This web series is designed for all interested in providing care and treatment
for pregnant and postpartum families. 

You can purchase the whole series or individual classes
The full course includes recorded webinars, handouts, and contact information for each presenter for questions or references.

Class recordings and handouts sent to you after registration.

This is a seven-class webinar series in perinatal mental health, covering identification, diagnosis, support, treatment, and latest research. The expert faculty, members of the PSI President's Advisory Council, are experienced clinicians, researchers, and advocates. Topics include: Diagnosis and Screening of Perinatal Mood Disorders; Traumatic Childbirth; Postpartum Psychosis and Infanticide; Dialectical Behavior Therapy; Effects of prenatal stress, anxiety and depression on the fetus and the child; Latest research in postpartum depression; and the Six Types of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

To request accommodations for individuals with disabilities:please contact Wendy Davis

Mom and Baby 



 To receive continuing education credits, all classes must be completed

Course most applicable for intermediate level of knowledge

When you have completed the course, we will collect an attendance attestation form from you, and send a certificate of completion, with continuing education credit statement

CEs for Psychologists
Postpartum Support International (PSI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Postpartum Support International (PSI) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The total course provides 10.5 CE contact hours.

NBCC: Postpartum Support International has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6765. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Postpartum Support International is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 10.5 CE contact hours.

Occupational Therapists: PSI is an approved provider of CEUs by American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Provider #11342. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

Grievances: Please contact PSI Executive Director Wendy Davis




All sessions are recorded and available for registered participants. 
You can purchase the whole series or individual classes.   

Session 1

Traumatic Childbirth: The Ever-Widening Ripple Effect 
Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN


Session 2

Dialectical Behavior Therapy - Essential skills for the perinatal period
Susan D. Stone, LCSW


Session 3

Prenatal stress, anxiety and depression:
Effects on the fetus and the child and what we can do about it

Vivette Glover, M.A., PhD, D.Sc.


Session 4

What's New in Postpartum Depression: A Research Review
Kathleen A. Kendall Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA


Session 5

The Six Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders
Shoshana Bennett, PhD


Session 6

Prevention, Screening, and Treatment Options
Linda Klempner, PhD


Session 7

Postpartum Psychosis and Infanticide
Margaret Spinelli, MD




Cheryl Beck






Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN
Cheryl is a professor at the University of Connecticut, School of Nursing. Her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing is from Western Connecticut State University. She received her Master’s degree in maternal-newborn nursing from Yale University. Cheryl is a certified nurse-midwife. She received her certificate in nurse-midwifery also from Yale University. Her Doctor of Nursing Science degree is from Boston University. Cheryl is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has received numerous awards such as the Eastern Nursing Research Society’s Distinguished Researcher Award, the Distinguished Alumna Award from Yale University and the Connecticut Nurses’ Association’s Diamond Jubilee Award for her contribution to nursing research. Currently she serves on the editorial boards of Advances in Nursing Science, Journal of Nursing Education, and Journal of Nursing Measurement. Over the past 20 years Cheryl has focused her research efforts on developing a research program on postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. She has extensively researched these devastating disorders that plague new mothers using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Based on the findings from her series of qualitative studies, Cheryl has developed the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale (PDSS) which is published by Western Psychological Services. She is a prolific writer who has published over 100 journal articles on such topics as postpartum depression, postpartum onset of panic disorder, birth trauma, PTSD due to childbirth, phenomenology, grounded theory, meta-analysis, instrument development, meta-synthesis, and narrative analysis. Currently Cheryl’s research efforts are focused on (1) the impact of birth trauma on breastfeeding, (2) the effect of DHA on postpartum depression, and (3) assessing the psychometrics of the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale-telephone administration.


Shoshana Bennett, PhD

After two life-threatening bouts of postpartum illness, Dr. Shoshana Bennett helped pioneer the field of maternal mental health.  She founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987, became president of California’s state organization Postpartum Health Alliance, and then served as President of Postpartum Support International.  Dr. Shosh is the author of Children of the Depressed, Postpartum Depression for Dummies, Pregnant on Prozac, and is co-author of Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety. She is the creator of the app PPD Gone!, and is an executive producer of the documentary, Dark Side of The Full Moon. She recently co-founded the Postpartum Action Institute, committed to promoting parental health. To date, she has helped over 20,000 new moms and dads around the world through private consultations, tele-classes, conferences, webinars, and support groups. Reach her at



Vivette Glover






Vivette Glover, M.A., PhD, D.Sc.
Vivette Glover is a Professor in Perinatal Psychobiology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, an Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, and Adjunct Professor, University of Rochester, NY, USA. Glover trained as a biochemist at Oxford University, and did BA Biology in Oxford and her PhD at University College London. She has had a long term interest in biological psychiatry including post- natal depression. She has published over 400 papers, with over 200 in peer reviewed journals. In 1997 Glover set up and became Director of the Fetal and Neonatal Stress Research Group. This is a multidisciplinary centre which aims to study fetal and neonatal stress responses, methods to reduce them and their long term effects. The effects of psychopathology in the mother, both on the developing fetus and on the neonate, are also being studied. This is a new field of study and involves linking obstetrics, pediatrics, psychology and psychiatry.







Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA


Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women's health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of two peer-reviewed journals: Clinical Lactation and Psychological Trauma. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of the APA’s Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women's-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology, and has won many awards for her work including the 2017 President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s Division 56. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 420 articles or chapters, and has recently completed her 35th book, The Phantom of the Opera: A Social History of the World’s Most Popular Musical. Her most recent books include: Depression in New Mothers, 3rd Edition (2017, Routledge UK), Women’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan (2017, Routledge US, with Lesia Ruglass), Psychology of Trauma 101 (2015, Springer, with Lesia Ruglass) and The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep (2014, Praeclarus, with Wendy Middlemiss). Her websites are,,, and


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Linda Klempner






Linda Klempner, PhD

Linda was Membership Chair and Secretary of the PSI Board from 2007-2012 when she became chair of PSI’s President’s Advisory Council. She is a facilitator for PSI’s Chat with an Expert. She has been on the PPD Taskforce of the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey and was a founding member of The North American Menopause Society. Dr. Klempner has written, spoken and appeared on television on reproductive health issues. She received the Star of Resolve Award for service to those suffering from infertility in 1999. She began Women’s Health Counseling & Psychotherapy in Teaneck, N.J. and has been a clinical psychologist in private practice for over thirty years.



Margaret Spinelli, MD
Dr. Spinelli received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College after a 15 year career in obstetrical nursing. She received additional training at the Mother-Baby Postpartum Unit of the Maudsley and Royal Bethlem Hospital in London. She then completed her Residency in Psychiatry at Cornell and completed a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at Columbia. Dr. Spinelli’s clinical, teaching, research activities and publications have focused on psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum periods. Spinelli’s NIMH funded research is on depression during pregnancy (“Interpersonal Psychotherapy At Three New York City Sites”). The study is a 12 week bilingual intervention for Latina, African-American and Caucasian pregnant women with major depression. The study has a strong focus on the social support and economic status of minority women and how this impairs their ability to receive treatment. The patients are treated in primary care settings at the departments of maternal fetal medicine at Cornell, Columbia and St. Luke’s. The goals of the study are 1) treatment of prenatal depression 2) ability to prevent postpartum depression 3) effect of psychiatric illness on the mother-infant bond 4) the feasibility of obtaining treatment for women of various races, ethnicity and socioeconomic status and 5) effect of bringing the psychiatrist into the obstetrical clinics and primary care.

Dr. Spinelli is a consultant for the New York State Dept of Mental Health’s perinatal project. The importance of her work as a perinatal psychiatrist has gained her national and international recognition. Dr. Spinelli’s work on postpartum mental disorders has also focused upon infanticide in women with mental illness. Her book, “Infanticide: Psychosocial and Legal Perspectives on Mothers who Kill (American Psychiatric Press, 2002) was recognized when Dr. Spinelli was awarded the prestigious Manfred S. Guttmacher Book Award for “outstanding literary contribution to psychiatry and the forensic sciences” in the 2004 from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Association of Psychiatry and the Law. She is the Director of the Maternal Mental Health Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia and a Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric.


Susan Stone





Susan D. Stone, MSW, LCSW

Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW was president of Postpartum Support International, (2006 – 2008), the organization’s vice-president and Conference Chair (2005 – 2006) and Chair of the President’s Advisory Council (2008- 2010.) She is a NJHSS Certified Perinatal Mood Disorders Instructor, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the MSW program at the Silver School of Social Work, New York University, where she presents on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy in the Masters and post masters programs. Intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy while working at Hackensack University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, she completed her DBT Advanced Intensive Training with Marsha Linehan in NYC May 2015. While at HUMC, she helped form and facilitate the Postpartum Psychotherapy program which helped assess, identify and treat women at risk or diagnosed with perinatal mood disorders and specifically focused on bringing DBT skills to new moms in group work. 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 professional education programs around the world and references Dialectical Behavior Therapy as a powerful approach for the emotional tasks and challenges of parenting. She has also presented workshops on Perinatal Mood Disorders, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy at New York University through the Center of Global and Lifelong Learning, Columbia University through the Social Work Office of Professional Excellence, and at many other graduate and agency based programs through the sponsorship of NASW NYC. The groundbreaking text, Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Clinical Social Work Practice,(Ronen & Freeman,eds, Springer 2006) for which she authored a chapter referencing the utilization of DBT in the perinatal period. She is a former public reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health, contributing evaluative viewpoint on research designed to treat mood disorders. Ms. Stone received her MSW from New York University where she was the recipient of a President’s Service Award. Other awards include the Golden Bell Leadership Award from the Mental Health Association in New Jersey and a SPARKS Advocacy Award for maternal mental health presented on Capitol Hill by Congressman Bobby L. Rush. Her work with other notable advocates was pivotal in the inclusion of maternal mental health in the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act. She has been a frequent expert media source/consultant for developing stories, documentaries and educational programs. Ms. Stone maintains a private practice in Englewood Cliffs NJ specializing in women's mental health across the life cycle where she has helped hundreds of women and their families recover from antenatal and postpartum mood episodes. Her treatment modalities include CBT, DBT, EMDR and psychodynamic focus. 

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Postpartum Support International (PSI) is the world's leading non-profit organization with volunteers around the world dedicated to families suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. PSI was founded in Santa Barbara California in 1987 to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional difficulties that women can experience during and after pregnancy. PSI provides support, reliable information, best practice training, and volunteers in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and Mexico, and more than 40 other countries.

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