for Mental Health Professionals

A Two-Day Clinical Training on Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders + Perinatal Grief & Loss

Twenty percent of pregnant and postpartum women experience clinically significant mood and anxiety disorders. One in four pregnancies end in miscarriage. And one in 160 babies are stillborn. As a mental health professional you have a high likelihood of treating clients who experience one or more of these mental health challenges during their reproductive years and who will need specialized treatment to cope and move forward successfully.

At our two-day training in a small, interactive classroom setting, Seleni Institute clinicians will train attendees on effective treatments, using lectures, case studies, and role-play techniques. Utilizing the most current theoretical and research findings, we will cover the three critical steps to treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) and grief from miscarriage, stillbirth, and child loss.

The target audience of this intermediate-level training includes psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, mental health counselors, physicians, graduate students, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, and midwives. 

All participants will receive:

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886720276-0) for 16 Social Work continuing education contact hours.

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.


March 31 - April 1, 2017

May 19-20, 2017

July 7-8, 2017

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

Training Objectives

  • Differentiate normative experiences such as the “baby blues” from the wide range of perinatal distress that encompass PMADs.
  • Implement interventions based on a model of treatment informed by the cognitive behavioral therapy framework, a first-line, evidence-based approach.
  • 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.

Learning Objectives | Training Schedule



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

Christiane Manzella, PhD, FT

Clinical Director

Kate Bieger, PhD


Patricia Harteneck, PhD, MBA

Senior Psychologist

Charles Schaeffer, PhD



"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."

"All the instructors were very well prepared and well organized. Each were present and thoughtful in their communications and feedback. They did an excellent job providing a safe space to explore difficult material."

"[The instructors] were such great facilitators. They created an open, curious, safe 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 in which they spoke about their work."

"All in all, this was an excellent course that left me energized and hungry for more. It’s clear that each of the staff are a well of knowledge! Thank you for being open, grounded and authentic!"

"Information was presented very clearly. Instructors were well informed/knowledgeable about the topic. Very organized, engaged well with audience. Encouraged questions and reflections."



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.