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Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts provides essential information for both the client and the treating therapist when dealing with postpartum distress. This book addresses the nature of intrusive, negative, and unwanted thoughts that pregnant and postpartum women can experience when anxiety is high. It offers information and interventions for clients and clinicians who must confront these negative cognitions by outlining what these thoughts are, why they are there, and what can be done about them.

Course Format

This course is based on a book and a posttest. When you’re ready, purchase the test by clicking the “Add To Cart” or “Enroll” button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the natural response to threatening triggers.
  • Describe what predisposes a new mother to scary thoughts.
  • Identify the neurotransmitter that is associated with anxiety and depression.
  • Describe the primary universal screening question for new mothers.
  • Explain the concept of negative automatic thoughts.
  • Discuss the two skills which are associated with high-functioning marriages.

Course Syllabus

  • A Mother’s Anxiety
  • A Closer Look
  • Why am I Having Scary Thoughts?
  • How Do You Know if You Need Help?
  • Barriers to Relief
  • Screening for Scary Thoughts
  • Things You Can Do to Feel Better
  • Can You Really Change How You Think?
  • Professional Treatment Options
  • How Others Can Help
  • Your Personal Treatment Plan
  • Living with Uncertainty


Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW

Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW is the founder of the Postpartum Stress Center, LLC, The Karen Kleiman Training Center, LLC, and an international expert on the topic of postpartum depression and anxiety. She has been treating pregnant and postpartum women and their families for over 36 years and offers advanced post graduate training to clinicians in this area.

Amy Wenzel, PhD, ABPP

Amy Wenzel, PhD, ABPP, is owner and director of the Main Line Center for Evidence-Based Psychotherapy. She is the author or editor of 24 books and treatment manuals and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has been featured in many video demonstrations published by the American Psychological Association. She has held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the University of North Dakota, and the American College of Norway. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (now Brain & Behavior Research Foundation). She is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the editorial boards of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice and the Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy.

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