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The Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force is pleased to announce Bringing Light to Motherhood, a two-day advanced professional training on maternal mental health.  This year's training will take place on Monday July 29th - Tuesday July 30th at the California Endowment, 1000 N Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  The total cost of the training is $195 ($175 if booked before May 15, 2013) and includes 9 Continuing Education Credits for RNs, 12 Continuing Education Credits for LMFTs, LCSWs and Psychologists, a Bringing Light to Motherhood toolkit, informational handouts, breakfast and lunch. REGISTER today!

The Bringing Light to Motherhood training has the following objectives:

  • Understand and recognize symptoms of PMADs (perinatal mood and anxiety disorders);
  • Identify risk factors, co-morbid conditions and additional considerations;
  • Successfully administer assessment and screening tools to pregnant and postpartum women;
  • Learn basics of effective intervention;
  • Identify resources for informed care.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Impact of PMADs;
  • Myths & expectations of parenthood;
  • Signs & symptoms of PMADs;
  • Inter-generational transmission of trauma;
  • Differential diagnoses;
  • Risk factors & co-morbid conditions;
  • Prevention methods;
  • Screening tools;
  • Cultural competencies;
  • Attachment theory and dyadic approaches;
  • Basics of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, depression self-care, medication management and adjunctive therapies;
  • Overcoming barriers to treatment;
  • Paternal depression;
  • Caring for the care provider;
  • Additional considerations, including intimate partner violence, adoption, faith-based support, special needs baby or mom, military families, breastfeeding and teen pregnancy.

To download a full brochure, please click HERE.



The mission of the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force is to remove barriers to the prevention, screening and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression in Los Angeles County. The Task Force is a project of 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor Community Partners.