for Mental Health Professionals

A Two-Day Clinical Training on

Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders and Perinatal Grief & Loss

Updated Curriculum

Why the Seleni Institute Trains Mental Health Providers in Maternal Mental Health

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are among the most common pregnancy complications. They affect as many as 1 in 5 women – more than twice the number of women who develop gestational diabetes. Also, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage, and 1 in 160 babies are stillborn. As a mental health professional, it's very likely you'll treat clients who face one or more of these mental health challenges during their reproductive years and who need specialized treatment to cope and move forward successfully.

Most graduate programs do not offer training on how to treat these common disorders, or provide in-depth exploration of other topics (such as infertility and miscarriage) that deeply impact the emotional well-being of even more women and families. To address this need, we created our Maternal Mental Health Intensive in 2014, which equips clinicians and counselors with critical, evidence-based tools to fully support clients through one of the most challenging times of their lives.

Seleni is one of only a few organizations in the United States offering specialized training in treating PMADs, and it's the only one that includes in-depth instruction on treating perinatal loss.

"Leading the training is deeply rewarding personally and professionally," says Christiane Manzella, senior psychologist at the Seleni Institute. "I'm given the opportunity to make a real difference by guiding and supporting clinicians as they learn effective ways to help their clients and provide treatment that can reduce suffering and enhance well-being for women, men, and families."


Seleni's two-day in person training takes place in a small, interactive classroom setting and provides expert instruction and supervision in effective diagnosis and treatment of perinatal distress and grief from miscarriage, stillbirth, and child loss. Our recently expanded curriculum utilizes the most current theoretical and research findings in lectures, case studies, and role-play techniques, we cover the critical steps to treating these common conditions. Special coverage is given to factors that may influence how patients experience PMADs, grief and loss. These include considerations for ART/Third Party Reproduction, minority and low-income patients, LGBTQ+ patients, fathers, immigrants, and young parents.

Our clinical practice is fundamental to the development our trainings. Our therapeutic approach is based on each psychotherapist’s individual training and strengths to deliver clinical applications related to successful outcomes and it integrates different disciplines, techniques and methodologies in a collaborative way.

The training also includes activities to help clinicians become more aware of their personal thoughts, feelings, and attitudes, which can make treatment more effective, bolster confidence, and prevent burnout.

This training is appropriate for psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, social workers, nurses, mental health counselors, physicians, graduate students, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, and midwives. 

All participants will receive:

Upcoming Dates

March 2-3, 2018



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Seleni Institute
207 East 94th Street
New York, NY 10128
(212) 939-7200

Continuing Education

  • This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886720276-0) for 16 Social Work continuing education contact hours.
  • Seleni Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Seleni Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Seleni Psychology Counseling and Support, PLLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0477.

Please note that neither the Seleni Institute nor its instructors receive commercial support for the continuing education programs or their content. At this time, there are no known conflicts of interest.

Training Goals

  • Differentiate normative experiences such as the “baby blues” from the wide range of perinatal distress that encompass PMADs.
  • Implement interventions based on best practices of clinical treatment of PMADs and grief.
  • Evaluate the need for additional interventions, including psychiatric consultation and collaboration as well as psychopharmacological interventions.
  • Diagnose and implement effective interventions and patient care management strategies for normative and complicated grief related to miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal loss, and the death of a child.
  • Help clients make decisions about whether and how to move forward with building a family.
  • Identify risk factors for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and suicide.
  • Implement tools to prevent clinician burnout and enhance self-care and connection to meaning in your own life.

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Our experienced, expert instructors are also current clinicians at the Seleni Institute, working with these populations on a daily basis.

Hara Ntalla, M.S.ED, CSE

Clinical Director

Christiane Manzella, PhD, FT

Senior Psychologist

Kate Bieger, PhD


Patricia Harteneck, PhD, MBA

Senior Psychologist

Nneka Symister, LMSW


David Hein, LMSW


Ann Simmons, PhD, LCSW



The feedback the Seleni Institute has received about our training not only helps us continuously improve the course but also lets us know how much education is needed in this area.

Here is what professionals have said about attending the MMHI:

“It was a wonderful opening to helping me feel more confident in helping families on their journey. I feel grateful for the experience.”

“The course was useful and exciting! The instructors were so informative. I can’t wait to come back”

“The instructors were very engaging and informative. They each held space for processing an array of emotions in the room. They also presented the information in a clear and relatable way.”

“This was genuinely the most valuable training that I have taken, and I look forward to taking more in the future and to continuing my relationship with Seleni

“The instructors created a safe and open environment in which to learn. The concrete concepts, statistics, and interventions helped me understand how to put theory into actual practice when I am in the room with a client. I really appreciated the respect they modeled for their clients and the honest way they spoke about their work."

"I've learned a great deal. But more than this, I've been deeply moved by the material and feel that I've grown as a human being."



Full-time students currently enrolled in an accredited graduate mental health program are eligible for a 25% discount. Toggle the "Student" option when booking. Discount is subject to proof of enrollment.

When you sign up in a group of 3 or more, you'll each receive a $100 refund (refund is given after all group members have paid in full, within 2 weeks before the training).


Cancellation Policy

The Seleni Institute reserves the right to cancel the course. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, we will issue a full refund of the registration fee, but will not be responsible for any other charges incurred by the registrant due to the cancellation of the course.

Registrants may cancel the course up to 2 weeks (14 calendar days) before the start of the course, subject to a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations are not permitted within 2 weeks of the start date.

If you have questions regarding this policy please call (212) 939-7200 or email us.