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The Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force Training Institute is dedicated to providing increased awareness of maternal depression and its impact on the mother, child, family and community at large amongst health care and community providers.  This audience includes pediatricians, OBGYNs, family doctors, midwives, doulas, early childhood education providers, case workers, promotoras and more – essentially anyone who comes in contact with new moms and moms-to-be! 


The Training Institute offers basic and advanced trainings on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders to a variety of audiences. The goals of the trainings are to help providers:

  • Understand the impact of maternal depression on the fetus, newborn, developing child mother, father and family as a whole;
  • Learn to recognize and respond empathically to perinatal mood disorders;
  • Communicate and understand maternal depression in a culturally sensitive manner;
  • Learn strategies for prevention, referral and intervention.

Each training can be adapted and customized to your agency's needs. Costs vary depending upon date, length, topics covered and audience size. Scholarships are also available. To arrange for the Training Institute to come to your agency or place of work, please complete a TRAINING APPLICATION and send it to: info@maternalmentalhealthla. org.

To view a calendar of upcoming trainings that are open to the public, please click HERE

Members of the Task Force's Training Institute include:

  • Diana Barnes, LMFT, PsyD
  • Paula Binner, LCSW
  • Emily Dossett, MD
  • Denise Gee, MPH, RD, CLC
  • Deborah Hayes, LCSW, MPH, PsyD
  • Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC
  • Lili McGuiness, LCSW
  • Lisa Osborn, PsyD
  • Caron Post, PhD
  • Marie Poulsen, PhD
  • Jeanette Valentine, PhD
  • Penny White, MSW

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.