The Early Years Matter Series: Maternal Depression: Identification, Screening and Treatment Options

Series overview

With the growing number of young children coming to the attention of child welfare services, it is imperative that child welfare practitioners understand the unique needs of these children and identify practices to more effectively respond. This training series consists of workshops and webinars that will provide important information and strategies for child welfare practitioners to promote child well-being and family strengths during the early years of a child’s development.

Who should attend: This series will benefit all those who work with young children and/or families with involvement in child welfare services.

Maternal Depression: Identification, Screening and Treatment Options

The consequences of untreated maternal and paternal illness can have long-lasting effects on obstetrical and neonatal health, as well as on the mental health of the whole family. This course will examine the types of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, screening and treatment options, as well as common barriers to treatment.

After attending this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the various types of perinatal mental health illnesses and their symptoms
  • Identify ways to build upon clients’ strengths to foster resiliency 
  • Describe current research, screening tools and best practice models for approaching and treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
  • Identify barriers that can impact client outcomes
  • Describe consequences of untreated parental mental health illnesses on the family
  • Identify areas for illness prevention
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