Professional Trainings

Our trainings are designed for a wide range of grassroots advocates, medical and social service providers, including physicians, nurses, midwives, social service employees, mental health providers, and all others working with women and families in the perinatal period. We offer local, regional and national trainings, as well as private trainings to meet the needs of individuals, agencies/organizations, hospitals, and coalitions.

All MotherWoman Training Institute Trainings are highly interactive and provide relevant handouts and resources, as well as opportunities to network with allied professionals. These are approved trainings of the Perinatal Support Coalitions of Western MA.

TRAININGS:

Promoting Maternal and Infant Mental Health: The Community-Based Perinatal Support Model© 

MotherWoman’s has been leading the way by developing a successful Community-Based Perinatal Support Model CPSM© in Western Mass. This training is for providers interested or already engaged in developing multi-disciplinary perinatal support coalitions or task forces in their communities in order to:

  • Overcome barriers to care for perinatal mothers
  • Develop local Resource and Referral Guides
  • Offer multi-agency professional perinatal trainings
  • Implement universal screening for mothers from pregnancy through the first year postpartum
  • Offer free, specialized Postpartum Support Groups
  • Learn the sequence and best practices components of the CPSM

 

MotherWoman Support Group Facilitator Training: Innovative Approaches to Leading Successful Support Groups in Your Community  

The MotherWoman Support Group Model© creates an environment of support and personal empowerment, enhancing a mother’s capacity to advocate for herself and her family. This training will enhance capacity to lead thriving women’s support groups which can serve as a mother’s lifeline to emotional health, community connection and personal success across her lifespan.

  • Create safety for women to share their authentic experiences of motherhood
  • Master group dynamics
  • Lead a culturally competent support group that welcomes diverse mothers
  • Encourage each woman’s inherent strength and resilience
  • Motivate personal change by enhancing individual women’s self-empowerment

 

 

MotherWoman Support Group Facilitator Training: Innovative Approaches to Leading Successful Support Groups in Your Community – For Clinicians/Providers

The MotherWoman Support Group Model© creates an environment of support and personal empowerment, enhancing a mother’s capacity to advocate for herself and her family. This training will enhance capacity to lead thriving women’s support groups which can serve as a mother’s lifeline to emotional health, community connection and personal success across her lifespan.

  • Create safety for women to share their authentic experiences of motherhood
  • Master group dynamics
  • Lead a culturally competent support group that welcomes diverse mothers
  • Encourage each woman’s inherent strength and resilience
  • Understand the evidence that supports the model as effective in addressing social isolation
  • Understand trauma informed processes
  • Motivate personal change by enhancing individual women’s self-empowerment

 

NEW! Evidence-based treatment of Perinatal Depression* using Cognitive Behavior 
Therapy (CBT)​:​ ​A 2-day intensive training for  graduate level or postgraduate mental-health  professionals

This small group intensive 2-day training is for mental health professionals seeking to gain effective, evidence-based therapeutic tools for addressing the epidemic of perinatal depression. Whether you are seeking to deepen you work with individuals during the perinatal phase, or to gain new skills in evidence-based practice for maternal depression, this training will serve as a foundation for your work. Learning will take place through Power Point presentation, experiential exercises, group discussions, role-plays, rehearsal, handouts, and audio and video presentations. The small group size (10-12 participants max) will allow the trainer to assess mastery of concepts and enable participants to receive individualized attention on areas of confusion while giving space for participants to process clinical experiences and personal reactions.

*This is part 1 of a 2 part series. Part 2 will focus on treating Perinatal Anxiety Disorders

Over 2-days, participants will gain the following:

KNOWLEDGE:

  1. Prevalence, risk factors, and impact of maternal depression
  2. Principles of CBT: collaborative empiricism, guided discovery and Socratic questioning
  3. The cognitive model
  4. Concepts of automatic thoughts, cognitive errors, and schemas/core beliefs
  5. CBT formulation for maternal depression
  6. Rationale for structuring sessions, collaboration and problem solving
  7. Basic principles for psychoeducation
  8. Basic principles of behavioral methods
  9. Basic principles for cognitive techniques such as modifying automatic thoughts and beliefs

SKILLS

  1. Assess and conceptualize functional impairments of depressive episode with CBT model
  2. Educate client about the rationale for CBT approach
  3. Use collaborative, empirical approach
  4. Use guided discovery and Socratic questioning
  5. Structure sessions: set agendas, review and assign homework, work on key problems, use

FEEDBACK

  1. Use behavioral techniques: activity scheduling and graded task assignments
  2. Use cognitive techniques: thought record, coping statements, mindfulness and acceptance
  3. Use relapse prevention techniques
  4. Recognize and manage own thoughts and feelings evoked in therapy
  5. Use depression assessment measures to gather data

ATTITUDES:

  1. Empathic, respectful, nonjudgmental and collaborative
  2. Trauma-informed
  3. Sensitive to client’s context and culture
  4. Open to revision of case formulation and interested in best outcome for client

 

 

WORKSHOPS:

New Cultural Humility Workshop

Cultural Humility is a philosophy that empowers individuals to effectively engage in interpersonal relationships that are dynamically diverse and mutually respectful.  Unlike Cultural Competence, cultural humility is a life-long and ongoing process of self-reflection and self-critique in which individuals expand their capacity for learning, listening and understanding, regardless of their experiences with cultures other than their own.  Incorporating cultural humility as part of one’s lifestyle empowers the individual to recognize and redress power-imbalances that exist within their immediate social and organizational structures.  MotherWoman has adopted a “lifestyle” of cultural humility as one of its basic tenets.

Participants of the workshop will learn the importance of and/or engaging in:

  1. Committed lifelong learning and critical self-reflection
  2. Realizing our own power, privilege, and prejudices
  3. Practicing humble inquiry and deep listening
  4. Redressing imbalances for respectful partnerships
  5. Transforming institutions by promoting accountability

 

A Comprehensive Understanding of Perinatal Mood Disorders: Spectrum, Assessment & Treatment

Workshop participants will: Gain a comprehensive perspective on Perinatal Mood Disorders, such as postpartum depression, anxiety and psychosis, and learn:

  • Risk factors and spectrum of symptoms associated with Perinatal Mood Disorders
  • Impact of Perinatal Mood Disorders on birth outcomes, infants and children
  • Impact of poverty on Perinatal Mood Disorders
  • Overcoming barriers to care for perinatal mothers
  • Research and screening tools for assessing postpartum depression
  • Success of comprehensive, community-based care for mothers at risk for, or experiencing,
    perinatal mood disorders

 

A Comprehensive Understanding of Perinatal Mood Disorders for Crisis Services

Workshop participants will: Develop tools necessary to quickly distinguish between a mother who is overwhelmed and needing increased support and treatment, and one who is in danger of hurting herself or her baby, by recognizing:

  • Difference between postpartum depression, clinical depression and Bi-polar II, as well as postpartum anxiety disorders such as PTSD and OCD
  • When intrusive thoughts pose a serious threat and when they may not
  • Signs of a crisis and postpartum psychosis
  • Recommended emergency protocols are discussed in detail

Contact us about Profressional Trainings

get in touch with someone at MotherWoman