The Cape and Islands Maternal Depression Task Force – April 12, 2012 Training

The purpose of this very brief post is to highlight an upcoming training opportunity on Monday, April 12th, from 6:30 AM-9:30 AM at the Daniel Webster Inn in Sandwich, Massachusetts, being provided by the Cape & Islands Maternal Depression Task Force.  This training workshop–entitled “Postpartum Depression — Screening and Treatment Methods for Medical Practitioners”– is being designed to help the various health care professionals that have the potential to see and treat patients with perinatal mood disorders (i.e., general practitioners, OB/GYNs, pediatricians, psychiatric nurses, midwives, psychiatrists) to recognize the risk factors and symptoms of and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression (PPD).  The presenter is Jeanne Watson Driscoll, a board-certified clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric-mental health who provides psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy for women with mood and/or anxiety disorders through childbearing years and is a renowned author in these areas. I had the pleasure of meeting her at last year’s Postpartum Support International conference in Seattle.  One of the first books I read to become knowledgeable about the biology of perinatal mood disorders, Women’s Moods: What Every Woman Must Know About Hormones, the Brain, and Emotional Health, was written by her and Deborah Sichel.

The Cape & Islands Maternal Depression Task Force is comprised of representatives of different medical, mental health, social work, education, child care, and family support organizations–all of whom shared a concern over the fragmented–or what I refer to in my book as siloed–state of our health care system when it comes to the treatment of women suffering from perinatal mood disorders.  The overall concern shared by these organizations, which is what is spurring training initiatives such as the upcoming one on April 12th, is due to the overall lack of resources, knowledge, and mental health providers in the treatment of PPD.

Click here to read more about the task force.  For more information about the professional development training program or the task force, contact Mary Wilson at Cape Cod Child Development, 508-775-6240 ext. 512 or mwilson@cccdp.org.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were task forces like this in each state throughout the country?  I KNOW that this is what is needed to ensure mothers suffering from a perinatal mood disorder will find the help they need when they need it.  As I reiterate throughout my book, a multidisciplinary approach is what is needed to treat an illness like PPD that has biopsychosocial roots.

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