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Perinatal Mental Health Conference

Conference PowerPoints:

Barnes, Dossett, Kaufman PowerPoint Presentation  |  White PowerPoint Presentation

October 20-21, 2018 | Fairmont Hot Springs Resort | Fairmont, Montana | 13 CEU/Contact hours

Presenters:  Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D., LMFT | Emily Dossett, MD, MTS | Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC,  BC-DMT,NCC | Christine White Deeble, ND

This conference is an intensive workshop designed to introduce attendees to perinatal mental health issues. We will review the prevalence, risk factors, diagnostic features, screening, and preventative factors. We will also discuss the complexities of high-risk scenarios, and how to navigate coordination of care. Presentations will include discussions about the cultural influences in the reproductive experience, the psychology of parenthood, and the vulnerabilities involved for women. We will also discuss successful evidence-based interventions such as medication, psychotherapeutic modalities, and integrated models of care.

This training is appropriate for medical professionals, mental health professionals, childbirth professionals, social support providers, and individuals who would like to attain skills and knowledge for assessing and treating perinatal mood disorders. If registrants are interested in gaining foundational knowledge about perinatal mental health issues prior to this workshop, there are both online and in-person training opportunities through Postpartum Support International or Maternal Mental Health NOW’s 2-day PMAD. (Please see www.postpartumsupport. net or for further information.)


Please contact the CPC at (406) 243-2367 for further information.


New Process Group Opportunity

Live with Awareness Courage and Love (ACL) Group | 

Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30 PM - Clinical Psychology Center, University of Montana campus - FREE & open to the public

Meeting on:  October 17 & 24, November 7, 14, & 28, December 5th        

Close relationships are central to mental and physical health. Research indicates that poor social connection is a significant public health concern, increasing risk of death as much as excessive cigarette smoking and more than excessive drinking, obesity, and chronic exposure to air pollution (Holt-Lunstad et. al., 2010). Not only is our ability to form close relationships at the core of our mental health, but it helps people live longer.

Live with Awareness, Courage and Love (ACL) Groups make widely available the concepts of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) which focuses on the healing power of present-moment authentic interactions. This model, developed and researched at the University of Washington, is for seekers from all walks of life who want a nurturing space to connect more deeply with themselves and with others as they delve into what truly matters.

  1. Provide a safe and welcoming group that fosters present-moment authentic interactions and enhances well-being
  2. Improve community well-being through group members’ generalization of authentic interactions outside of the group setting
  3. Destigmatize the movement towards more-genuine social interaction and social support

This group will help participants connect more authentically with themselves and with others, and to create a more meaningful and passionate life. Groups will entail the following components: open-hearted presence; self-expression; deep listening, acceptance and compassion; self-care; embracing vulnerability; giving and receiving support; and living more boldly. After each meeting, participants will leave with exercises and lifestyle tools to deepen their relationships and to move towards what they value most in life. Participants will be given the option to complete a brief questionnaire about their experience to compile anonymous data that will improve the effectiveness of this conscious community in creating more open-hearted presence, interpersonal connectedness and passionate living.

 Contact Ari Silverman to sign up or for more details