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Date(s) - 02/17/2016 - 02/18/2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Moore Norman Vocational Center


PSI Training Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify the challenges faced when identifying and treating Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
  2. Describe and implement differential diagnosis of prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorders and psychosis.
  3. Discuss psychopharmacology as it relates to pregnancy, postpartum, and lactation.
  4. Implement assessment of prenatal and postpartum risk factors.
  5. Identify and implement the use of evidence-based screening tools and best practices for administering and interpreting scores and making referrals
  6. Identify treatment options for PMADs.
  7. Discuss breastfeeding and PMADs and implement effective ways to communicate with new parents.
  8. Develop and implement psychosocial and self-help treatment plans as well as appropriate psychotherapy techniques and alternative therapies.
  9. State appropriate psychotherapy modalities.
  10. Indicate consequences of untreated Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
  11. Discuss effects and consequences on partners.
  12. Identify social support, legislative changes, and community resources, including how to set up support groups and offer social support.
  13. Discuss PMADs and cultural considerations.
  14. Discuss spirituality and PMADs

Certificate of completion

PSI 2-Day Oklahoma Training


8-8:30 am Registration

  • 8:30 am WELCOME and BACKGROUND
    PSI and Social Support History

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
  • Dads and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders

PSI’s educational video and discussion: Engaging Moms and Dads:“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, facilitated by PSI Faculty

Screening and Prevention: Screening Tools and Assessment

Social Support Networks:

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

Support Groups and Warmlines

Faith Communities and Spirituality

International Incidence and Cultural Awareness of PMADs

Q & A, Discussion


  • Registration

Raising Public Awareness and Reducing Stigma

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

  • Evidence-Based Research and Best Practices

Legislative Updates

Resource Review

  • Reading Lists and Handouts
  • Local Resources
  • Online Resources
  • Building a Network

Lunch -On your OWN

DVD: Wade Bowen: “Turn on the Lights” for PSI

Effects of Untreated PMADs on Mother, Infant, and Family

PSI DVD “Fathers Respond” and Discussion

Pharmacological Interventions in Pregnancy, Postpartum and Lactation

  • Evidence based research
  • Evaluating Studies and Article
  • Talking with families about medication

Q&A, Discussion



Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA, CLC
Past Education & Training Chair, Past President

Birdie is an RN with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. She is the coordinator of the Perinatal Mood Disorders Program at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, IN. In that role she serves as the facilitator for weekly mom-to-mom support groups, teaches an outreach class twice a month, and sees clients for evaluation, education and referral. She is certified as a Lactation Counselor, Spirit of Care giving facilitator, RTS Bereavement Facilitator, Critical Incident response, and Parish Nurse. She is also a Childbirth Educator. She speaks frequently on Perinatal Mood Disorders to communities, nursing schools, grand rounds, Health Care Providers’ offices and local, regional, and National conferences. She has been featured on radio, television, and print media promoting information and education of PMDs. She was the Subject Matter Expert on the development of an e-learning tool for Healthy Families visitors in conjunction with Indiana Perinatal Network.

She has worked closely with Indiana Perinatal Network (IPN) in developing statewide education, training, and promotion of information about PMD’s. The IPN committee developed materials and web-site information regarding PMD. Our Indiana State slogan is “Something’s not Right”.

Birdie is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrical, and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN), Indiana Perinatal Network (IPN), Sigma Theta Tau, and PSI. She also serves on the advisory board for Healthy Families in Indiana.

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.  She is also a facilitator for PSI’s “Chat with the Expert”.

Birdie has been speaking to audiences for over 25 years and is an International Trainer for PSI’s 2-day “Perinatal Mood Disorders, Components of Care”.

In 2007, Birdie received the Jane Honikman award which is given annually by the founder of PSI for “outstanding contribution to the goal of increasing awareness of emotional health related to childbearing”.  In 2008, she was given the Award of Excellence in Advocacy from The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and was a finalist for Indiana Business Journal’s “Healthcare Hero” award.






Pec Indman EdD, MFT, PA 

A psychotherapist specializing in perinatal mental health, Pec has been creating curriculum and training nationally and internationally for PSI since 1999. A former physician assistant, she has a master’s degree in health psychology and a doctorate in counseling. She is co-author of the book Beyond the Blues, Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety (2015)Pec and Birdie Meyer edited the PSI DVD, “Healthy Mom, Happy Family”.


NASW Social Workers:
This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886708348-0) for 14.5 Clinical Social Work continuing education contact hours.

Counselors Counselors: 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.

indiana health
Nurses:  IU Health Indianapolis (OH-412, 6/1/2016) 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. 14.5 contact hours awarded by Indiana University Health for attending the entire 2-day course. Submission of an evaluation is necessary to receive the contact hours.

CMEs: This Live activity, Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care, from 05/28/2015 – 05/27/2016, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 14.75 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. CMEs are also applicable for Psychologists, CNMs, NPs, PAs, and Advance Practice Nurses.


On Tuesday evening, 7:30 pm.
Join us for a viewing of the Dark Side of the Full Moon.  click here to buy or donate your ticket(s).




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