CE Information

Course Title: Maternal Mental Health in the Hospital Setting - What to Know & How to Screen

Course Description: This 55 minute course provides information to help hospital staff understand the prevalence and symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, considerations for how to screen perinatal patients and resources they might access.  


Emily C. Dossett, MD, MTS is a reproductive psychiatrist and Director of Women's Health & Reproductive Psychiatry at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.  As a reproductive psychiatrist, Dr. Dossett works with women struggling with mental and emotional issues connected to times of hormonal change, including pregnancy, postpartum, the menstrual cycle, and perimenopause.  Her work for DMH aims to improve mental health care for all women served by the Los Angeles County safety net.

Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD, LMFT is an expert on issues of maternal mental helth as it relates to infanticide, pregnancy denial, neonaticide, child abuse and neglect.  She is past president of Postpartum Support International and currently sits on its President's Advisory Council, serves on faculty of Maternal Mental Health NOW and the faculty of 2020 Mom.  Her private practice specializes in women's reproductive mental health.

Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC is dance/movement therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor with over 20 years' experience in the helping profession.  Currently, she is Clinical Director of Maternal Mental Health NOW.  Prior to this, she served as Director of the New Moms Connect program of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, providing services to new parents, particularly those suffering from symptoms of postpartum depression.  Ms. Kaufman has spoken widely, published articles on parenting, and served as editor of Brinigng Light to Motherhood.  She serves as Los Angeles Coordinator for Postpartum Support International and also has a private practice in Los Angeles providing services in both English and Spanish. 
Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity the participant will be able to:
·        Increase understanding of the prevalence and features of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
·        Name two reasons why addressing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders is important
·        Name two tools for screening and describe their essential differences
·        Develop confidence in using screening tools
·        Describe advantages and challenges in the screening process

CE Approval Statement: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP #16793 for 1 contact hour. 

CE Approval Authorization: Approved by Julia Slininger, RN, BS, CPHQ on April 13, 2020