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NEW – Treating Postpartum Depression From a Trauma-Informed Perspective

October 20 Breakfast 8:30am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm $159, 6 CEUs Presenter: Robyn E. Brickel, MA, LMFT Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 1726 Reisterstown Road Baltimore, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

Most health professionals understand postpartum depression (PPD) and other mood disorders are a serious mental health concern yet more women struggle with Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) than you might think. In this workshop we will explore the importance of becoming more proactive with evaluation and diagnosis. We will address the very real issue of women terrified to admit they’re in crisis and hiding their struggle with overwhelming anxiety, worry, and depression. We will also process how their silent struggle puts the healthy development of children, and the long-term wellbeing of all family members at great risk.

Most importantly, we will look at postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) through a trauma-informed lens.  This approach provides the greatest benefit to our clients, as women experience PMADs as traumatic, and women with a prior trauma history are more at risk for developing PMADs.  As we pay attention to the symptoms instead of just the narrative, participants will gain a deeper understanding of why perinatal mental health issues can be re-framed as traumatic experiences.  Participants will come away from this training empowered with a trauma-informed approach tailored to maternal mental health, thus giving women with postpartum trauma the effective and healing support they need.

Learning Objectives

  • Define and explain the uniqueness of Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)
  • Define the differential diagnoses of PMADs and describe the specific diagnostic criteria for postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder (P-PTSD)
  • Identify and implement screening tools that help diagnose PMADs
  • Describe and learn how to implement the process of treating PMAD’s from a stage oriented, systems based, trauma-informed model.



  • Overview of Postpartum Mood disorders (PMADs)
  • Overview of Trauma  and the importance of that understanding with PMADs


10:30-10:40:   Break


  • Etiology
  • Risk Factors of PMADs
  • Understanding postpartum PTSD (P-PTSD)

12:00-1:00:      Lunch


  • Understanding Differential Diagnosis
  • Understanding how dissociation and addiction/self-harm history is treated with PMADs
  • Utilizing specific strategies for evaluation and collaboration
  • Understanding and using trauma informed care in treatment

2:30-2:40:        Break



  • Discussion of specific treatment strategies and treatment modalities
  • Case examples
  • Questions and discussion
Woman with Postpartum Depression holding a baby
“Robyn’s knowledge, expertise, and compassion come across loud and clear.” Cathi C.