Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System

Perinatal Mental Health Modules

This two-part series is designed for home visitors to better understand the signs and symptoms of perinatal mental health issues and how they impact mothers and families. Throughout the training, you will view excerpts from a live webinar taught by Jen Perfetti, MA, LPC, a licensed therapist at Luna Perinatal Counseling and the Clinical and Professional Development Coordinator with the UW Department of Psychiatry Parent-Infant Mental Health Programs.

We are excited to be able to offer these modules for professionals in home visiting and other early childhood family support roles.  They are located below for ease of access for those that DO NOT want CEHs (Continuing Education Hours) and are not using the modules to meet the pre-requisite for the Perinatal Depression Algorithm training.  The modules can be completed for Continuing Education Hours and to meet that pre-requisite ONLY if completed within our PDS online system.   For those of you with a PDS account you will find the modules by searching the title and then they will be on your transcript.  If you do not have an account you can use the guide linked here to set up an account.  Both methods of accessing the modules require no cost.

Please use our PDS Guide for instructions and tips on how to use PDS Online.

Module 1 – Signs, Symptoms, & Screening (60 minutes)
In this module, you will learn how to identify a range of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and their symptoms, discuss the impact of perinatal mental health issues on the mother and her family, and implement the EPDS screening tool for identification of postpartum depression and anxiety and create opportunities for ongoing conversations about mental health.


Module 2 – Risk Assessment & Supportive Conversation (60 minutes)
This module will continue the conversation about perinatal mental health issues, as you learn how to assess risk and create a safety plan, discuss safety and issues brought up from the EPDS screening tool, and provide support and resources for your clients. Click the image below to view the training.