To address the growing demand for specialized knowledge in perinatal psychiatry, the Center for Women’s Mental Health is pleased to announce its newest CME course offering: Perinatal Psychiatry: In Depth Modules for Enhanced Approaches. The 6-week, online course will start on January 25th, 2021, and is available to all healthcare providers with an interest in reproductive psychiatry. Please find more information and registration here.

This course will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders in women across pregnancy and the postpartum. Specialized knowledge is necessary to tailor treatments to reproductive events such as pregnancy, pregnancy planning, and the postpartum. Exposure to psychotropic medications and the consequence of untreated psychiatric disorders must be considered when treating pregnant women, those who may become pregnant during treatment, and those who are breastfeeding. Up to date and comprehensive knowledge is required to help patients make collaborative and individualized treatment decisions. A strong understanding of the literature pertaining to the reproductive safety of medications is imperative to factoring in potential risks and benefits of medication, and context is particularly critical in putting risks into perspective. Focused material will also be presented regarding specialized psychotherapies utilized during pregnancy and the postpartum, as well as an overview of embryology and obstetrics informing a broad range of care modalities. Learning in this course will be facilitated by didactic materials delivered by the faculty from the MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health. Faculty will also provide question and answer and case-based discussion sessions for course participants. Readings to accompany course materials will also be provided.

Learning in this course will be facilitated by didactic materials delivered by the faculty from the MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health. Faculty will also facilitate question and answer and case-based discussion sessions for course participants. Readings to accompany course materials will also be provided.

Week 1: Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy – Lee Cohen, MD
Week 2: Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders – Marlene Freeman, MD
Week 3: Sorting Through the Data: Where do patients and providers go for information? – Ruta Nonacs, MD, PhD
Week 4: Substance Use Disorders in Pregnancy and the Postpartum – Edwin Raffi, MD, MPH
Week 5: Specialized Psychotherapies for Pregnancy and Postpartum – Rachel Vanderkruik, PhD
Week 6: Embryology and Obstetrics: An Overview for Psychiatrists – Sarah Bernstein, MD

Please visit the MGH Psychiatry Academy webpage for more information and registration.