What To Know & How to Screen for Perinatal Mental Health

This one-hour course, plus additional readings, defines perinatal mental health for medical providers serving women and birthing people of childbearing age and young children. Instructors including Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC, PMH-C, Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD, LMFT, Emily Dossett, MD, MTS, and Chevonne Ford, MSW, review prevalence rates, signs and symptoms, impact, differential diagnoses, and screening tools including the PHQ9 and EPDS. The course models sensitive communication during screening by including demonstrations of screenings taking place in both clinical and outpatient settings. Suicide screening questions and risk assessment, warm referrals and treatment plans are also discussed.


(1) Name 2 reasons why screening for PMADs is important;
(2) Name 2 tools for screening and describe their essential differences;
(3) Effectively utilize at least one screening tool for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders;
(4) Describe advantages and challenges in the screening process.

This course is for healthcare professionals working with families in the perinatal period. This includes mental health professionals, nurses, physicians and midwives, doulas and birth workers, lactation consultants, health educators and more.


This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, LEPs, and psychologists as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and California Board of Psychology. Community Partners FBO Maternal Mental Health NOW is the sponsor of continuing education for this learning module and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Community Partners FBO Maternal Mental Health NOW as the sponsor maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Maternal Mental Health NOW. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the ACCME for Category 1 credit as meeting the educational requirements for license renewal.

Terms of Credit: CMEs will be available for these modules from August 2021 to August 2023.

Please follow-up with your licensing board directly to confirm if these credits will apply in your state.
  • Introduction
  • Learning Objectives
  • What is the issue?
  • Diagnosis
  • Who is Impacted
  • Who should be screened?
  • Screening Demonstration - Clinical Setting
  • Screening Demonstration: Outpatient Settings
  • A Social Worker's Perspective: Chevonne Ford
  • Follow Up
  • Additional Assessment
  • Involving Family Members
  • Assessment
  • Course Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed