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VIRTUAL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Join us for the 34th Annual PSI Conference

Early registration pricing is available until June 16, 2021

The annual PSI conference provides an opportunity to meet, learn together, and share ideas with others involved in the field of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMDs). This year's virtual conference will be held in an interactive conference hall where attendees can access sessions/recordings, e-Posters, exhibits and conference information under one virtual roof. The conference will be held July 7-11, 2021 for live sessions.

Conference Schedule

  • July 7-8:  PSI 2-Day Pre-Conference Certificate Course, “Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care”
  • July 9-10:  PSI Main Conference, with keynotes, breakouts, and posters
  • July 11, Sunday Morning: 3-hour in-depth expert workshops (includes 3-hour workshop required for Advanced Psychopharmacology training)
  • July 11, Sunday Training: PSI Advanced Psychotherapy (6-hour) training for Certification

The PSI Conference Program contains the following tracks:

  • Perinatal Psychiatry
  •  Psychotherapy
  • Peer Support & Advocacy
  • Integrated Care and Systems
  • Fathers, Families, and Partners
 

 


 
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New Spanish-Language Resources in May

In coordination with PSI International Coordinators in Latin America and Iberoamerica, we launched a campaign in honor of World Maternal Mental Health Day. This event was also organized along Materna Salud Mental Perinatal. The first week of May was dedicated to bringing presentations in Spanish for both families and professionals and communicated four main objectives: Create awareness and bring to light perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, achieve a change of attitude in society and combat social stigma, influence public health policies and learn from one another.
The presentations were streamed live via the PSI YouTube and have been saved for future viewers. 
 
We also launched two social media channels in Spanish, an Instagram and Facebook page. We are excited to have a space where more Spanish-speaking families can feel seen and benefit from what PSI and the international coordinators can offer. 
 
These resources add to the postpartum.net website en Español, and are made possible by the hard work and creativity of PSI Spanish Helpline Manager Karla Cardoza and our team of International Spanish-speaking Coordinators.

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PSI has been talking about IT throughout the month of May. With your help, we can build awareness about the prevalence of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) and the critical need for more funding.  

We have brought you real stories, from real parents - stories of hope and recovery.  We have brought you resources, experts, and information. Join us on our Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube channels for the rest of the month - we aren't done yet.

Also in May, PSI announced the creation of the Affordable Care Fund, which was born out of PSI's mission to provide low-cost support to families. Through this program, PSI will be able to fund full or partial payments for parents to engage in local services, such as a doula or therapist.  Every donation in the month of May contributes to this fund. 

In addition, during the month of May, we received an incredible $10,000 donation match.   Every donation is matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000 until the end of May. DONATE

 

Join us Thursday for: #LetsTalkAboutIt- Holding Space for Black Moms to Connect

Join our panel for a discussion of PSI’s May campaign #LetsTalkAboutIT through the lens of Black mothers & families: a discussion panel with PSI Black Moms Connect group leaders.

When: May 27th at 8pm ET

Where: Live on Facebook

The panel will include:

  • LaToshia Rouse, CD(DONA)
  • Randiesa Spires, LCSW
  • Brandynicole Brooks-Harris, PhD, LICSW
  • Moderated by Tiffany Conyers, LCSW, PMH-C, PSI Faculty 

INTERNATIONAL FATHERS MENTAL HEALTH DAY
June 21st, 2021

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Learn more about IFMHD here


NEW ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP:
Termination for Medical Reasons

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Go to our Support Group page to view our full schedule and register for an upcoming group. Learn More



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CLIMB OUT OF THE DARKNESS

 

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MEMBERSHIP CORNER

A special welcome to new PSI members at the Atlanta Birth Center, whose group membership brought us to 3,000 members (and growing)! We currently have 127 group memberships, from small counseling clinics to large hospitals, and from social service agencies to education/advocacy groups.

As we grow, we will continue to look for ways to improve. We’ll soon be sending out a survey to our members. A real survey. We actually read and consider every response, including narrative comments/suggestions, and have been influenced by members’ past survey responses. We’d love for you to keep an eye out for the new survey and take a few minutes to give us your feedback.

Also, feel free at any time to send membership questions or suggestions to Edith @ membership@postpartum.net


PSI PARTNERSHIP: FitTrack

Studies show 1 in 5 moms are rarely asked how they are doing, with almost half (49%) of moms saying people start asking her how her child is before checking in on her during pregnancy.

Postpartum Support International (PSI) has partnered with FitTrack to create the #AskHerHowSheIs pledge. For every person who signs the #AskHerHowSheIs Pledge to support moms and moms-to-be, FitTrack will donate $1 (up to $5,000) to PSI for the Affordable Care program.

There is only one week left - and we need your support.  Join the movement and Sign the Pledge Here


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JUSTICE AND ADVOCACY CORNER

The Yates Children Memorial Fund PSI Justice and Advocacy program would like to remind everyone of our PSI Legal Resources Toolkit, which includes a protocol of best practices and a 17-minute video for attorneys who are assigned to defend a maternal infanticide case. The educational video includes key points compiled from the live CLE seminar provided by experts in the field of maternal mental illness and the law. The day-long seminar provided practical, evidence-based, and case-based information to understand the key elements of perinatal mental illness and the criminal justice system. The lead faculty is criminal defense attorney George Parnham, JD, expert on the defense of individuals with mental illness and a passionate advocate for legal reform of their treatment in the criminal justice system. The video is designed to increase the competence and proficiency of professionals and advocates, and discusses key recommendations, including first and immediate steps attorneys should take when assigned a maternal infanticide case. To request the PSI Legal Resources Toolkit, please email Tiffany Ross, YCMF PSI Justice and Advocacy Program Manager at tross@postpartum.net


PSI VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

PSI is currently looking for volunteers in the following areas:


2-DAY COMPONENTS OF CARE
AND ADVANCED TRAINING

All training dates offer the 2-day Components of Care, Advanced Psychotherapy, and Advanced Psychopharmacology (unless marked)

 

Virtual Trainings

In-Person Trainings

Scheduling subject to public health COVID-19 guidance. Stay tuned!  


CONGRATULATIONS PMH-C RECIPIENTS

We welcomed 107 new PMH-C's in April 2021, our biggest month yet!

Do you have questions about the PMH-C? PSI hosts a monthly call where we can answer your questions! The PMH-C call is the perfect time to have questions answered about qualifications, exam preparation, trainings, etc.

Join us for the FAQ Chat on Zoom on the first Friday of the month at 1 pm PST/4EST.  Register for the upcoming session here.

We are now offering the option to have a professionally printed version of your PMH-C certificate. The certificate is for those providers who have already passed the PMH-C exam, and are PMH-C Certified.  Visit the store to order

Perinatal Mental Health Certificate (PMH-C)
April 2021

You can find the full list of PMH-C recipients HERE

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