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Therapy and the Postpartum Woman: Notes on Healing Postpartum Depression for Clinicians and the Women Who Seek Their Help

Author: Karen Kleiman

Course Created: 2008

Practice Level: Intermediate

Book Required Duration: 8 hours
3.0 out of 4.0, Based on: 2 reviews

Course Summary

Therapy and the Postpartum Woman provides valuable information on providing effective therapy to women with postpartum depression. The book is written in an engaging manner with many relevant case studies.

Course Format

This course is based on a book and a post test. When you're ready, purchase the test by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Course Syllabus

Part I: The Framework: Women, Babies and Therapy.
Masquerade: Clinical Profile.
Everything Gets in the Way: Resistance.
Don’t Call it Therapy: Reframing.
Anatomy of a PPD Therapist.
The Holding Environment.
Making a Diagnosis.
The Voice of Depression.
Therapeutic Models for Women at Risk.
Perfectly Postpartum.
Part II: The Tools: Doing what works.
Initial Assessment: The Phone Call. First Things First.
Screening: Are We Asking the Right questions?
Assessment: Listening to Symptoms.
Collaboration. Sharing the Session.
Medication: Clinician’s Perspective.
Medication: Client’s Perspective.
Alternative Therapies.
Part III: The work: Clinical Challenges.
Scary Thoughts.
Help-Resistant Complainer.
A Good Girl.
Breastfeeding to Death.
Countertransference: When is Yours, Mine?
The Married State.
Suicidal Thoughts.
Burnout, Boundaries and Other Pitfalls.
Part IV: The Healing.
The Umbilical Factor.
The Bracelet.
Therapy Exposed.
Finding the Power to Heal.
Recovery Revealed.
The Search for Meaning.
The Quintessential Mother.

Learning Objectives

  • List the symptoms of postpartum depression.
  • Describe an intake for a patient with postpartum depression.
  • Explain medications to treat postpartum depression.
  • Describealternative therapies for postpartum depression.
  • Explain dealing with a suicidal postpartum patient.
  • Discuss setting boundaries with a postpartum patient.


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