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Provider Training and Education

Professionals who provide care and education to new parents have a unique opportunity to identify, inform, and support families coping with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This page provides reliable links to training and educational resources for Oregon providers working with pregnant and postpartum women and families.

Upcoming Training and Events

Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy - Seattle - November 4 & 5, 2013
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Professionals are often well trained and equipped to help women deal with the physical aspects of pregnancy. Of equal, or maybe even greater importance to both the woman and her infant, is the value of a pregnant woman’s psychological well being. Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy addresses this important need. The program includes the normal, typical course of pregnancy, high-risk pregnancies, domestic violence, pregnant women with unresolved grief or loss, and those women experiencing depression or other mental health disruptions.

The Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy training covers issues critical to the development of the early mother-child relationship including:

  • bonding of parent to child/attachment of child to parent
  • importance of early brain development
  • the role that emotionally available and attentive caregiving play in the child's emotional and cognitive development

If you know of other events, please let us know so that we can add them to this list.


Both online and in-person trainings are available for providers who want to enhace their skills and knowledge related to perinatal mental health. The following are links to reputable online and in-person trainings.

MedEdPPD is a peer-reviewed website supported by the National Institute for mental health. It contains extensive multi-media training including:

  • case studies,
  • patient videos,
  • roadblocks to treatment,
  • teleconferences, and
  • comprehensive screening training modules.

UW School of Nursing Stepping Up multi-media training modules include:

  • Understanding and Treating Women with Perinatal Depression & Mood Disorders;
  • Relationship Focused Practice; and
  • Screening for Perinatal Depression.

Step PPD Support and training to enhance primary care for depression

In-person Training

  • Oregon Pediatric Society’s START project offers training throughout Oregon to support primary care and pediatric providers to implement of maternal mental health screening and referral. Providers interested in START training can contact Abby Engeose at or call (503) 334-1591, x. 104.
  • Postpartum Support International offers a 2-day Certificate of Completion Course, a thorough and evidence-based curriculum designed for nurses, physicians, social workers, mental health providers, childbirth professionals, social support providers, and anyone interested in learning skills and knowledge for assessment, care, and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.