Annual Beyond The Baby Blues Conference

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Annual Beyond The Baby Blues Conference2017-04-26T23:54:40+00:00

Beyond The Baby Blues Conference

The Beyond the Baby Blues is a full-day conference designed to educate professionals and families about mood disorders and anxiety before, during, and after pregnancy. This year’s conference includes a keynote presentation, several breakout sessions, and a networking lunch. It will be held May 19th at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education Center, 1890 Buford Avenue, in St. Paul.  Experts in the field of psychology, social work, and maternal and child health, along with women and family members whose lives have been affected by postpartum depression will offer presentations. 

Beyond the Baby Blues is sponsored by NAMI Minnesota, the Postpartum Counseling Center, the University of MN School of Social Work, Pregnancy and Postpartum Support MN, UCare, Be Well Natural Medicine, Blooma Yoga Wellness & Education, Wild Tree Psychotherapy, the Mother-Baby Program at Hennepin County Medical Center, Mama Gracie’s Pregnancy Shop & Spa, and Amma Parenting Center, Inc. 

Beyond the Baby Blues has been approved for 4.5 CEUs by the boards of Social Work, Psychology, and Behavioral Health & Therapy. Certificates of attendance are also available for professionals or students who need them. For more information, please call 651-645-2948 or 1-888-NAMI-Helps.

Educational Objectives

  • Develop an increased understanding of the causes of postpartum depression and other mood disorders and consequences of not treating them
  • Understand the symptoms and treatment for depression and anxiety before, during, and after pregnancy
  • Recognize the risks for mood disorders and learn appropriate screening tools.
  • Learn the importance of early attachment
  • Empathize with families and educate them on the illness
  • Understand the impact of culture on identification and treatment

8:30 am Registration

9:00 am Welcome Sue Abderholden MPH

9:15 am Keynote: Perinatal Mental Health Complications: The Access to Care Conundrum   

Presenter: Kim Zittel-Palamara, Ph.D., MSW

10:30 am Break

10:45 am First Breakout Sessions 

  • Increasing Fourth Trimester Preparedness Laura Barbeau, MA, LMFT and Krista Post, MA, LP
  • Swaddling Community of Care Kim Zittel-Palamara, Ph.D., MSW
  • Paternal Mood Disorders and Dads Crystal Clancy, MA, LMFT and Mark Meier, LSW, LICSWSW

11:45 am Networking Lunch (Provided)

12:45 pm Second Breakout Sessions

  • Strategies for Management of Postpartum Mood Disorders Allison Peterson, MA, LP
  • Post Adoption Blues Miranda Barker and Kim Young
  • Panel Discussion: Addressing Maternal Needs in the Community

Rebecca Polston, CPM, LM of Roots Community Birth Center

Mauricio Cifuentes, Ph.D., LICSW of CLUES

Katie Johnson, MD of United Family Medicine

Micah Johnson, MD of United Family Medicine

Jacqueline Coleman, LICSW of Northpoint Health and Wellness Center

Heidi Novak, APRN, CNP of Northpoint Health and Wellness Center 

1:45 pm Break

2:00 pm Third Breakout Sessions

  • Making Decisions about Medications in Pregnancy Samantha Huguelet, DNP, APRN, CNS and Benita Dieperink, MD
  • Supporting Breastfeeding Families Crystal Clancy, LMFT and Tiffany Gallagher, BA, IBCLC, RLC
  • Postpartum OCD: A Personal Story Lisa Cross, MA, LMFT

 3:00 pm End


WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar

WHERE: University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center – 1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108 – View Map


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