Training for Clinicians Caring for Women
Effective mental health care for women addresses unique challenges and triumphs within biological, psychological, social, and cultural contexts from adolescence—across pregnancy and the postpartum—through menopause.
Specialty training can increase your confidence and competence as a clinician when caring for women with psychiatric symptoms.
Clinical trainings offered through Life Cycle Health & Education, LLC combine education and experience in:
Available Trainings & Presentations
- One-day live continuing education events for primary care, gynecologic, and obstetric health care providers
- Two-day live continuing education events for psychiatric clinicians and psychotherapists
- 7-hour intensive, web-based continuing education certificate course for midwives and other clinicians (obstetric, pediatric and primary care)who care for women, mothers, and families
- Topical presentations with varying lengths for academic or continuing education events
- Individual and group clinical supervision for psychiatric clinicians and psychotherapists
Training & Presentation Topics
- Hormone-mood connections in women—adolescence through menopause
- Public policy and private initiatives on local, state, federal and global levels that address the need for effective mental health care during pregnancy and postpartum
- Risks of untreated and under-treated mental illness in women during pregnancy, postpartum, and while parenting—for women, the developing fetus, infants, older children, partners, & the entire family unit
- Bio-psycho-social-cultural contributors to psychiatric illness in women from adolescence through menopause
- Simple, effective screening and assessment techniques and tools for common and complex psychiatric disorders in women
- Strategies for identifying bipolar and psychotic disorders in women and new mothers
- DSM-V diagnostic criteria for psychiatric disorders, and presentation variations in reproductive-age women
- Depth exploration of etiologies and treatments for Premenstrual Syndrome, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, & psychiatric distress during the five to seven years of the peri-menopausal transition
- Ethical dilemmas and informed consent challenges related to prescribing medications for preconception, pregnant, and breastfeeding women
- Differences between men and women related to pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics; application of prescribing principles based on how these impact medication efficacy and the increased risk of adverse medication events in women
- Evidence-based medical, behavioral, and complimentary interventions for common depressive and anxious disorders
- Psychotropic medication safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding for all classes of psychotropic medications and individual agents including antidepressants, benzodiazepines, sedative-hypnotics, psycho-stimulants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers
- Treatment goals and strategies for women with bipolar and/or psychotic disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period
- Collaboration between OB/GYN, primary care, and psychiatric clinicians to promote optimal mental health outcomes in women across their lifespan
- Free, web-based tools that assist clinicians in safe, effective psychiatric treatment planning for women from adolescence through menopause
- Free, web-based tools developed to educate women and families about mental illness and wellness across the female lifespan
Presentations are continually updated to reflect the current scientific literature and best practices in order to promote evidence-based care of women and families.
Call 971-220-8338 to inquire about availability and rates for clinical training.
Advanced Evaluation & Management of Psychiatric Illness in Reproductive-Age Women
- View this intensive web-based continuing education certificate course— on-demand!
- Developed by an experienced nurse-midwife and women’s/perinatal psychiatry specialist — for midwifery clinicians!
- The American College of Nurse Midwives (A.C.N.M.) has approved this program for 7.0 contact hours or 0.7 CEUs, including 2.5 hours of pharmacology content.
Life Cycle Health & Education Clinical Training Dream Projects
1: To offer in-depth clinical training on lifespan women's mental health care to clinicians who serve at-risk women in public health settings through federal, state, or grant-based funding.
Background: The Affordable Care Act and state initiatives have called for improved clinician awareness, evaluation, and management practices related to women's mental health and, specifically, psychiatric illness during pregnancy and the postpartum period. These public policies have called for funding to meet these goals.
2: To teach an interdisciplinary course at the graduate or doctoral level on bio-psycho-social-cultural aspects of lifespan women's mental healthcare.
Background: Increasingly, research and cultural developments contribute to our understanding of how sex and gender impact health outcomes. The field of reproductive psychiatry focuses on the lived experience of women and the myriad factors involved in mental illness and global resilience. Many medical schools are offering reproductive psychiatry curricula to prepare physicians to meet the unique mental health requirements of women—from adolescence through menopause. While schools of nursing may have some content interspersed throughout various programs, few offer cohesive opportunities to instill the skill set necessary to serve women with psychiatric distress to the greatest extent possible.