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Post Partum Depression: Essential Knowledge for Assessment and Treatment

Friday, May 1, 2009
9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Adelphi University
Ruth S. Harley University Center, 2nd Floor

Twenty years of research from a variety of disciplines has estimated that up to 25 precent of all pregnant women suffer from some type of Post Partum Depression (PPD). PPD has an excellent prognosis if knowledgeably diagnosed and treated, yet if misunderstood or neglected PPD can have devastating consequences for women and their families.

Instructor Karen Kleiman, MSW has designed this "Crash Course" on PPD to be an intensive learning experience. This training offers essential knowledge clinicians need to address PPD. Participants will be taught how to identify women at high risk and screen and assess the severity of the illness. They will learn to determine appropriate intervention options on a continuum, ranging from self-help to hospitalization. Through the use of lecture and case discussion, the differential diagnoses of baby blues, postpartum depression, and postpartum anxiety disorder, as well as a variety of other related disorders, will be examined. Obstacles to treatment will also be discussed.

Various personality traits that make up the clinical profile of women with PPD, for example, perfectionism and problematic self-esteem will be looked at. Factors that influence both the onset and potential resolution of PPD, such as attachment problems, family dynamics, and marital relationships will be explored. In addition, Ms. Kleiman will focus on theoretical approaches and techniques including the use of a pharmacological approach as one aspect of the treatment plan.

Finally, special consideration will be given to topics such as breastfeeding, having another baby after PPD, depressions that do not respond to traditional treatments and high profile cases involving suicide or infanticide. Throughout the training there will be ample opportunity for clinicians to discuss concerns regarding cases in their own clinical practice.

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About the Instructor

Karen Kleiman, MSW, LSW, the Founder and Executive Director of The Postpartum Stress Center, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has been working with women and their families for over 20 years. In 1988 she founded The Postpartum Stress Center where she provides treatment for prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety. In addition to her clinical practice, Karen provides training, consultation and supervision for healthcare professionals and clinicians. Her work has been featured in local and national magazines, numerous radio shows, and local and national television shows.

Ms. Kleiman is also the author of This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression, What Am I Thinking: Having a Baby after Postpartum Depression, and The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression. Her newest book is Therapy and the Postpartum Woman: Notes on Healing Postpartum Depression for Clinicians and the Women Who Seek Their Help(Routledge, 2008).

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Who Should Attend
Early childhood educators, child care providers, pediatricians, psychiatrists, neonatologists, social workers, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, midwifes, psychologists, speech pathologists, obstetricians, family therapists, school counselors, child life specialists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, educators and students, and others who professionally impact the lives of families and children.

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Credentialing Information and Continuing Education
This program will offer 6 units of Continuing Education Credits or the equivalent. Click here for more information.


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Should you require disability accommodations, please email the Office of Disability Support Services at dss@adelphi.edu, giving notice of 72 hours before the event. Should you require ASL interpreting, 7 days notice is required.

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For additional information about this program, please contact:

Marcy Safyer, LCSW-R
Linen Hall, Room 11
p - 516.877.3060
e - msafyer@adelphi.edu

The Institute for Parenting
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701

f - 516.237.8512
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