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Perinatal Mood Disorders: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Legislative Initiatives
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When: Saturday, October 13, 2018
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
50 Broadway Suite 10001
New York, New York  10004
United States

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The reality of perinatal mood disorders had escaped assessment, detection, research and treatment in this country, despite the evidence that up to 20% of new mothers will experience a serious affective disruption in the perinatal period. Due to emerging research, legislative efforts, and understanding of untreated maternal mood disorders on the infant, family, and their community, attention has finally become fixed on this public health crisis.


As social workers are frequently charged with assessment and treatment of these disorders across a variety of practice settings, it is crucial for them to understand the incidence, symptoms, risk factors, available treatments and consequences of untreated maternal mental health issues. Recognizing a disproportionate representation of serious peri and postpartum mood disorders in economically disadvantaged, minority and immigrant populations, no socioeconomic group escapes its effects.


Using lecture, slides and video, this presentation will provide an overview of the issue, the spectrum of perinatal mood disorders, available treatments and current legislative mandates and impending policy changes.



With this workshop, participants will learn how to:


  • Identify the incidence of perinatal mood disorders, assessment tools, symptoms, and particularly vulnerable periods during the postpartum period
  • Identify psychosocial risk factors associated with increased likelihood of these disorders
  • Identify social and psychiatric treatments, resources, and barriers to treatment
  • Review legislation in NY/NJ and the policies contained which affect social worker responsibilities



NASW Member: $75 | Non-Member: $135


4 SW/LMFT Contact Hours





Susan Dowd Stone, LCSW is an author, advocate, educator, and therapist best known for her work in the cognitive therapies and women's reproductive mental health. She was instrumental in the inclusion of legislation protective to women and infants in the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act and is a past president of Postpartum Support International and former board member of many nonprofit organizations associated with this cause. She was a public reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health and a recipient of numerous awards for clinical work and mental health advocacy. She has presented on Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders in workshops, webinars, Grand Rounds and presentations across the country from UC Berkeley to Columbia University, among other national organizations. She maintains a private practice in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.


Her areas of interest/research include advocating for the use of evidence-based practices in clinical treatment, sound allocation of federal research dollars to mental health issues of greatest need, the cognitive therapies, and women's reproductive mental health.  





NASW-NYC Refund Policy

All refund requests must be submitted by e-mail to Valid requests must be received no later than five days prior to course date. NASW-NYC reserves the right to refuse any refunds requested later than five days prior to the course date.


All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative processing fee.

Refund requests typically require 1-2 weeks processing time.

Refunds ONLY. Credit cannot be issued toward a future program date or substituted for another workshop.

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