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Home Study: Fall Summit 21-04 - Perinatal Mental Health: Support & Advocacy for Postpartum Individuals 

04-04-2022 14:26

**Previously Recorded on 11/02/2021 - Not a Live Event**

Professional advocacy and training for postpartum mental health and perinatal mood disorders (PMADs) is relatively new with the emergence of such happening in the last 30 years. PMADs are a matter of public health concern and are widely misunderstood and under diagnosed. Further complicating the needs is the fact professional advocacy and support for the perinatal period (conception through the first year after giving birth) is lacking in the United States. With one in seven mothers experiencing symptoms of a perinatal mood disorder, only 40% of cases are formally diagnosed, and only 60% seek treatment (Kendig, 2019; Postpartum Support International, 2021). The lack of training and treatment for PMADs, along with societal assumptions, contributes to stigma toward mothers which further inhibits accessing care. With proper training, therapists can provide a safe space for mothers to process, which in turn creates a safe space for their baby/children. When left untreated, substantial concerns exist for both women and their children (Kendig, 2019). With mental health needs increasing, combined with lack of knowledge and training on PMADs (Mojtabai, 2016); and other challenges with parenting as a result of the pandemic, training and awareness for both clinicians and the general public is imperative.

Dr. Wedel is a therapist in private practice in Fort Worth, Texas where she also serves as adjunct faculty in Counseling at TCU. She is President of TMHCA. She works primarily with women in her practice and is active in her local community. She received her Master’s & PhD from TCU.


AMHCA will provide 1.0 CE total after viewing and completing the accompanying quiz with a passing grade (80% or higher). American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has been approved to provide continuing education by the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. All sales are final - home study registrations are non-refundable.


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