The Role of Pediatrics in Screening and Care: Perinatal Mental Health

This one-hour course, plus additional readings, makes the case for perinatal mental health screening in the pediatrician’s office and provides information and resources to do so. Gabrielle Kaufman, MA,LPCC,BC-DMT,NCC,PMH-C, Diana Barnes, PsyD, LMFT, Elisa Nicholas, MD, and Emily Dossett, MD, MTS, review the definition of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, prevalence rates, risk factors, signs, symptoms and impact of untreated perinatal mood and anxiety disorders on parent, infant and developing child. The course discusses differential diagnoses and providers’ recommendations on when to screen, what to do with a positive screen and successful interventions, including pscyhopharmacology and guidelines surrounding breast/chestfeeding and medication. Interviews with Ellen Rothman, MD, of MLK Outpatient Medical Center, John Ozimek, DO, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Sarah Randall, PhD, are included.

(1) Describe how universal perinatal mental health screening in pediatric care is important for integration of care and infant's health;
(2) Describe how perinatal mental health impacts infants, children and family;
(3) Describe key steps for using perinatal mental health screening in integrated pediatric care;
(4) Identify concerns and considerations in using psychopharmacology in breast/chestfeeding caregivers and the impact on infants.

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


CE: 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.

CME: CMEs are not provided for this activity.

**If you hold a license not listed here or are licensed outside of the state of California, please check with your licensing board directly to confirm that these CE credits will be accepted. We are unable to assist in verifying if CE credits will be approved for your license type/state outside of California.

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  • Introduction
  • Learning Objectives
  • Why care about maternal depression?
  • Diagnoses
  • Making the Case
  • Risk Factors & Impact
  • Impact & Childhood Adversity
  • Dr. Ellen Rothman
  • When to Screen?
  • Dr. John Osmick
  • An OBGYN's Perspective: Dr. Sarah Randall
  • Reproductive Psychopharmacology
  • Conclusion w Audio
  • Assessment
  • Course Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed