Santa Clara University

Benson Memorial Center


Mar 16, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Loyola Hall
Cost : $165

Prenatal and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Course # - CPSY x231
Loyola Hall Room 160
Credit Hours: 7
Course Objectives:
·         To be able to assess perinatal mood disorders
·         To be able to differentially diagnose prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder and psychosis
·         To be able to assess prenatal and postpartum risk factors
·         To be able to develop psychosocial and self-help support and treatment plans
·         List 2 consequences of untreated perinatal mental illness
·         To be able to discuss psychopharmacology as it relates to pregnancy and postpartum treatment
Course Description:
Up to 20% of women experience mood disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period; many are undiagnosed and untreated. The consequences of untreated maternal illness can include low birth weight and preterm labor, chronic depression and relapse, relationship discord, cognitive and developmental delays in the infant, childhood mood disturbance, and potentially suicide and infanticide.
We will cover risk factors and prenatal and postpartum screening. We will learn to differentiate between depression/anxiety, panic, OCD, PTSD, and psychosis as seen in pregnancy and postpartum period. Treatment modalities and specific techniques will be discussed as they relate to perinatal mood disorders, specifically: interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and group psychotherapy. Psychopharmacological treatment, in particular during pregnancy and nursing, will be reviewed. Consequences of untreated illness will be discussed. You will learn about resources available for pregnant and postpartum women and families.
Pec Indman, Ed.D., MFT has worked in the field of perinatal mood disorders for the past seventeen years. Dr. Indman has her Ed.D. from USF, and a M.A. in health psychology from Santa Clara University. Additionally, she trained as a family practice physician's assistant, and worked in family practice, women's health and health promotion.  As Director of Women's Health for Regroup Therapy, she's involved with web based psychotherapy and support groups.  She is involved with several international organizations dedicated to perinatal mental health, and has been an invited participant on several federal grants on perinatal mood disorders.  Dr. Indman is co-author of the book Beyond the Blues, Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety. (Moodswings Press: 2010)


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Grace Perez
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