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First Friday Forum: Mood and Anxiety Disorders During and After Pregnancy: Assessment and Treatment
Metro State St. Paul Campus Library - Ecolab Room, located on 3rd floor
645 East Seventh Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Friday, November 02, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
Category: First Friday Forums

Mood and Anxiety Disorders During and After Pregnancy: Assessment and Treatment

Friday, November 2, 2018

Please note the different room location for this event.

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. This program has also been approved for continuing education by the Minnesota Board of Social Work.

About the Program

In this 3 hour training, we will cover the assessment and treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs). It is estimated that 1 in 7 new mothers will suffer from Postpartum Depression and up to 1 in 5 will struggle with Postpartum Anxiety. Given these statistics, it is essential that clinicians who treat women of reproductive age, have a recognition of, and competency in, PMADs. Attendees will be able to understand and differentiate between the “Baby Blues,” Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety and OCD, and Postpartum Psychosis. Risk factors will be discussed including biological, environmental and personal factors. We will also report on the consequences of untreated PMADs. In the treatment section of the presentation, we will cover use of medication during pregnancy and lactation, providing attendees with an understanding of the research supporting the current recommendations. We will also dispel myths around the safety of psychiatric medication use during pregnancy. Lastly, we will cover the psychotherapy models that are empirically supported for the treatment of PMADs as well as other essential self-care strategies.

This session is at the intermediate level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe and differentiate between the “Baby Blues,” Postpartum Anxiety and OCD, and Postpartum Psychosis.
  2. Discuss the risk factors for developing perinatal mental health issues including the consequences of untreated PMADs.
  3. Summarize the research supporting the use of medications for PMADs as well as psychotherapy interventions.

About the Presenters:

Michelle Wiersgalla, M.D., is a psychiatrist at Park Nicollet. She attended the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison and did her residency in psychiatry at the Harvard Longwood Program in Boston. She works as a psychopharmacology consultant to the Park Nicollet Women’s Reproductive Mental Health Program and was previously a staff psychiatrist for the Hennepin County Medical Center Women’s Mental Health Program. She sees general adult psychiatry patients as well as patients who are pregnant, planning pregnancy, or postpartum.

Gabrielle Mauren, Ph.D., LP, is a psychologist and the Clinical Manager for the adult psychotherapy practice at Park Nicollet Health Services. She earned her Master’s and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in higher education and community mental health with patients from multicultural backgrounds struggling with a variety of mental and physical health concerns. Dr. Mauren has a clinical specialty in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and is the clinical lead for Park Nicollet’s Women’s Reproductive Mental Health Program which maintains a focus on perinatal and reproductive mental health.

Gabrielle Mauren, Ph.D., LP and Michelle Wiersgalla, M.D. have reported no potential conflicts of interest.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]

To Register:

Online registration is now closed. Walk-ups are welcome onsite.

Click here for a PDF Registration Form and Flyer.

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by October 19 $45 $65 $15
Regular Registration - Register after October 19 $55 $75 $25


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling free, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.