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Perinatal Psychiatry: In-Depth Modules for Enhanced Approaches (May 2021)

Event Date(s): May 3, 2021 - 01:00am to Jun 21, 2021 - 11:59pm

This course will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders in women across pregnancy and the postpartum. Specialized knowledge is necessary to tailor treatments to reproductive events such as pregnancy, pregnancy planning, and the postpartum. Exposure to psychotropic medications and the consequence of untreated psychiatric disorders must be considered when treating pregnant women, those who may become pregnant during treatment, and those who are breastfeeding (Griogoriadis et al., 2018). Up to date and comprehensive knowledge is required to help patients make collaborative and individualized treatment decisions (MacQueen et al., 2016). A strong understanding of the literature pertaining to the reproductive safety of medications is imperative to factoring in potential risks and benefits of medication, and context is particularly critical in putting risks into perspective (Stevens et al., 2019). Focused material will also be presented regarding specialized psychotherapies utilized during pregnancy and the postpartum, as well as an overview of embryology and obstetrics informing a broad range of care modalities. Learning in this course will be facilitated by didactic materials delivered by the faculty from the MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health. Faculty will also provide question and answer and case-based discussion sessions for course participants. Readings to accompany course materials will also be provided.

Available Credits: 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ 13.25 Nursing Contact Hours 13.25 Social Workers 13.25 Participation 13.25 Psychologists CE Credit Register For This Course

Course Details

This course will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders in women across pregnancy and the postpartum. Specialized knowledge is necessary to tailor treatments to reproductive events such as pregnancy, pregnancy planning, and the postpartum. Exposure to psychotropic medications and the consequence of untreated psychiatric disorders must be considered when treating pregnant women, those who may become pregnant during treatment, and those who are breastfeeding. Up to date and comprehensive knowledge is required to help patients make collaborative and individualized treatment decisions. A strong understanding of the literature pertaining to the reproductive safety of medications is imperative to factoring in potential risks and benefits of medication, and context is particularly critical in putting risks into perspective. Focused material will also be presented regarding specialized psychotherapies utilized during pregnancy and the postpartum, as well as an overview of embryology and obstetrics informing a broad range of care modalities. Learning in this course will be facilitated by didactic materials delivered by the faculty from the MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health. Faculty will also provide question and answer and case-based discussion sessions for course participants. Readings to accompany course materials will also be provided.

Pricing

Registration Deadline: May 17, 2021

Physicians and Doctoral-level Professionals: $445.00
Other Professionals: $345.00

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Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made during the first week of the course, but an administrative fee of $25.00 will be deducted from your refund. Cancellation requests made during the second week will receive a credit toward a future offering of the same course. No refunds or credits will be granted after May 17, 2021.

Q&A with Faculty

Welcome to Perinatal Psychiatry: In-Depth Modules for Enhanced Approaches.

Each week, the faculty will be answering questions relating to the webinars and readings.

Please prepare your questions in advance of the call and submit them to  womensmentalhealth@mgh.harvard.edu. If time permits, you may be able to ask questions that have not been pre-submitted, but to guarantee your query is addressed  please send in your questions by close of business the day prior.

Q&A DateFaculty ModeratorTopic 
Tuesday May 4th at 1 PMLee Cohen, MD Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy
Tuesday May 11th at 1 PMMarlene Freeman, MDPostpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders 
Tuesday May 18th at 1 PMRuta Nonacs, MDSorting Through the Data: Where do patients and providers go for information?
Tuesday May 25th at 1 PMEdwin Raffi, MD, MPHSubstance Abuse in Pregnancy and the Postpartum
Tuesday June 1st at 1 PMRachel Vanderkuik, PhD, MScSpecialized Psychotherapies for Pregnancy and Postpartum
Thursday June 10th at 12 PMSarah Bernstein, MD Medication Teratogenesis and Pregnancy Complications

Course Summary

Available Credits:13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ 13.25 Nursing Contact Hours 13.25 Social Workers 13.25 Participation 13.25 Psychologists CE Credit
Course Topic:Women's Mental Health
Course Format:Online CBT Course
Target Audience:


This program is intended for: Practicing psychiatrists, primary care physicians, and nurse practitioners.

Event Starts: May 3, 2021 - 01:00am
Event Ends: Jun 21, 2021 - 11:59pm
Cost: $445.00

Learning Objectives


Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy

  • Discuss critical research findings in reproductive psychiatry that inform clinical care
  • Describe the current knowledge gaps in reproductive psychopharmacology over the last decade
  • Explain current treatment algorithms for screening and treatment of psychiatric disorders during pregnancy

Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders

  • Describe and apply the risks/benefits safety of psychiatric medication during the postpartum and breastfeeding context
  • Identify strategies for screening and treatment of postpartum depression
  • Define the presentation and treatment of postpartum psychosis; and describe and assess the vulnerability for mood episodes in women with bipolar disorder and acute treatment and preventative strategies

Sorting Through the Data: Where do patients and providers go for information?

  • Identify reliable resources for information on the reproductive safety of medications
  • Discuss the strengths and limitations of the Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Rule (PLLR)
  • Use basic tools for the evaluation of reproductive safety data in the medical literature

Substance Use Disorders in Pregnancy and the Postpartum

  • Discuss the pharmacologic treatments of substance us disorders in pregnant and postpartum women
  • Explain the importance of screening, assessment and treatment of comorbid psychiatric conditions in women with SUD
  • Describe the psychosocial and environmental factors in the practice of “low barrier psychiatry” for pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders

Specialized Psychotherapies for Pregnancy and Postpartum

  • Discuss the types and value of psychotherapy in consideration of perinatal mental health
  • Describe the research on evidence-based psychotherapy for perinatal mental health
  • Identify common barriers to psychotherapy and novel strategies to address the gaps in perinatal mental health treatments

Medication Teratogenesis and Pregnancy Complications

  • Identify the timing and impact of medication exposures on fetal development
  • Describe the knowledge gaps in our understanding of medication safety
  • Demonstrate a general understanding of common obstetrical complications