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Spotlight on Advanced Topics in Women’s Mental Health (September 2023)

Event Date(s): Sep 18, 2023 - 01:00am to Nov 7, 2023 - 12:59amAvailable Credits: 13.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ 13.50 Nursing Contact Hours 13.50 Social Workers 13.50 Participation 13.50 Psychologists CE Credit Register For This Course

Course Details

Registration Deadline: October 2, 2023

The purpose of this course is to provide clinically meaningful education to multidisciplinary health care providers on topics often encountered in caring for women with psychiatric disorders.  This course was designed to promote high quality clinical care in women with psychiatric disorders across the reproductive lifespan, with comprehensive coverage of frequently encountered topics and discussion of the evidence base to inform clinical decision making.  Perinatal psychiatry topics will including clinical challenges discussed with case-based learning and considerations for women of color.  Substance use disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum will be additionally addressed. Topics will also include sexual dysfunction and an update on hormone therapy for the menopausal transition. 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.

Participants will have access to course materials from September 18, 2023 to November 6, 2023.


Registration Deadline: October 2, 2023

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 October 2, 2023.

Q&A with Faculty

Welcome to Spotlight on Advanced Topics in Women’s Mental Health.

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.

The Q/A zoom link can be found in the "Q/A with Faculty" module for each individual week of the program. 

Week of Course

Date, Time of Q/A



9/18/20239/22/2023 at 1:00PM EDT Lee Cohen Challenging Cases in Perinatal Psychiatry: Case Based Learning I  
9/25/20239/26/2023 at 1:00PM EDTMarlene Freeman Challenging Cases in Perinatal Psychiatry: Case Based Learning II   
10/2/202310/7/2023 at 12:00PM EDTNkechi ContehPerinatal Psychiatry: Considerations for Women of Color   
10/9/202310/10/2023 at 10:00AM EDTJan ShifrenSexual Dysfunction in Women: Causes and Treatment Options   
10/16/202310/16/2023 at 1:00PM EDTKathryn MartinMenopausal Hormone Therapy: Benefits and Risks Revisited  
10/23/202310/23/2023 at 10:00AM EDTJessica GraySubstance Use Disorders During Pregnancy and the Postpartum  


Course Summary

Available Credits:13.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ 13.50 Nursing Contact Hours 13.50 Social Workers 13.50 Participation 13.50 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, psychologists and nurse practitioners.

Event Starts: Sep 18, 2023 - 01:00am
Event Ends: Nov 7, 2023 - 12:59am
Cost: $445.00

Learning Objectives

Challenging Cases 1:

  • Discuss the management of psychiatric disorders in women in the context of infertility and its treatment
  • Describe FDA pregnancy labeling for psychotropic medications and to put this in historical context, while considering the use of an antidepressant and early pregnancy exposure
  • Discuss selected non-medication strategies as part of the regimen for residual major depressive disorder

Challenging Cases 2:

  • Discuss the prevalence of postpartum psychosis and its risk factors, treatment and prevention strategies
  • Discuss treatment for bipolar disorder across pregnancy and the postpartum and relapse prevention strategies
  • Discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the clinical delivery of perinatal psychiatry services in the US
  • Describe the risks of obesity in pregnancy and implications for women with psychiatric disorders

Considerations for Women of Color:

  • Identify barriers to care for racially and ethnically minoritized women.
  • Discuss factors associated with the development of medical mistrust.
  • Describe the cultural assessment and treatment preferences of racially and ethnically minoritized women.

Sexual Dysfunction in Women

  • Assess the various causes of sexual problems for women
  • Discuss risks and benefits of available treatment options for sexual dysfunction in women
  • Create an individualized treatment plan that addresses the multi-factorial nature of sexual dysfunction

Menopausal Hormone Therapy:

  • Discuss the impact of menopausal symptoms on quality of life
  • Describe how to advise women about available therapies for vasomotor symptoms 
  • Assess the potential risks and benefits of menopausal hormone therapy

Substance Use Disorder During Pregnancy:

  • Describe how the historical approach to substance use in pregnancy continues to harm patients in the U.S.
  • Discuss the optimal management of pregnant people who use opioids
  • Describe the literature on treatment of alcohol use disorder in pregnancy

We have a dedicated staff member who is available by phone 5 days per week between 8 am and 5 pm by calling 866-644-7792 or email at mghcme@mgh.harvard.edu. All inquiries will be dealt with in a timely  (within one business day) and professional manner. Requests for credits or refunds will be reviewed by the Director of the Division of Professional and Public Education, Massachusetts General Hospital. Please refer to our cancellation policy for additional information.”