Intersectionality & Perinatal Mental Health

The training titled, Intersectionality in Perinatal Mental Health consists of 5 modules: 1) Diversity issues and their relevance in the perinatal period; 2) Defining Privilege; 3) Defining Intersectionality 4) Tolerating discomfort – learning your own biases 5) BIPOC Maternal Health Disparities. Lecturers Dr. Wendy Ashley, PsyD, LCSW (she/her) and Anna King, LCSW, PMH-C (she/her) will address intersectionality as it relates to perinatal mental health and implications to the mental and physical well-being of mothers, birthing people, and families. Participants will explore the definition of intersectionality, tools and tips for becoming an intersectional practitioner, and ways to navigate their own discomfort in the process. Participants will also receive an introduction to BIPOC maternal health disparities and guidance for shifting from striving for cultural competence to aligning with a journey toward cultural humility.

Participants will learn to:
(1) Assess the difference between diversity and socially constructed identities, and how to address and honor both in their work with clients.
(2) Apply at least 1 tool of awareness toward intersectionality through consideration of systems of oppression and privilege.
(3) Define intersectionality and gain practice tips and tools for navigating it in the therapeutic space.
(4) Assess one’s own discomforts to increase competency and cultural humility through continued education.
(5) Identify 2 disparities in care for BIPOC women and birthing people.
(6) Apply 2 ways to integrate a culturally sensitive approach to BIPOC care.

Continuing Education (CE):

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 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.

Continuing Medical Education (CME):

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 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. 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.
  • Module 1: Diversity issues and their relevance in the perinatal period
  • Introduction, Objectives & Module 1
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Module 2: Defining Privilege
  • Module 2
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Module 3: Defining Intersectionality
  • Module 3
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Module 4: Tolerating discomfort – learning your own biases
  • Module 4
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Module 5: BIPOC Maternal Health Disparities
  • Module 5
  • Module 5 Assessment
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed