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Virtual Lecture Series: From Expected Joy to Unexpected Suffering: Understanding the Spectrum of Perinatal Mood Disorders

September 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Futures is a proud member of the Florida behavioral healthcare community committed to reducing the stigma surrounding addiction and its treatment. We invite you to join our virtual lecture series via the Zoom platform to network, learn from innovative practitioners, and enjoy a morning of knowledge, inspiration, and camaraderie. This will be a virtual lecture with Q&A to follow. We will provide a reminder and meeting link to anyone who has registered.

Presentation Overview

Motherhood is one of the most powerful experiences and demanding roles of a woman’s life and yet, mental health professionals rarely receive any formalized training regarding working with women during the perinatal period. This is despite that 1 in 7 women will encounter a perinatal mood disorder and the relatively high risk of maternal death due to suicide within the first year postpartum. Many mental health professionals mistakenly believe perinatal mood disorders should be treated the same as any mood disorder. When in actuality, perinatal mood disorders can differ in several significant and meaningful ways. This workshop will explore how perinatal mood disorders are unique, nuanced, and require a comprehensive understanding to effectively assess, diagnose, and treat. During this workshop we will examine the scope of perinatal mood disorders, examine case examples, and explore how assessment and treatment differ during the perinatal period than other times in a woman’s life.


Course Objectives:

Objective 1: Explore and differentiate the spectrum of perinatal mood disorders

Objective 2: Identify screening and assessment for treating pregnant and postpartum women as a ‘special population’

Objective 3: Observe how perinatal mood disorders differ in their presentation than traditional psychological/ psychiatric disorders

Objective 4: Understand treatment options and planning

Objective 5: Recognize scope of experience and training requirements to treat this population



You will need your license number and type to receive credit for this course. This course is approved for 2 hours through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), All 50 state licensing boards accept hours approved by the NBCC for LPCs or LMHCs, National Association For Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), All 50 state alcohol and drug certification boards accept NAADAC approved hours with the exception of Illinois and Louisiana (both states allow for professionals to pay a fee and apply NAADAC hours), Florida Board of CSW, MFT, MHC, Florida Board of Psychology, South Carolina Board of Social Work.

Laura Meyer, PhD, LMHC, LMFT, PMH-C,NCC, DCC

Dr. Laura Meyer is an expert in perinatal and maternal mental health and the Florida Chair for Postpartum Support International (PSI). She holds a monthly lecture series titled Transitions to Parenthood at Memorial Regional Hospital where she is an invited expert on perinatal mental health and the transition to parenthood. Dr. Meyer’s private practice Expeditions in Motherhood, Inc. is in Hollywood Florida where she focuses on reproductive mental health, e.g., infertility, perinatal loss, birth trauma, anxiety in pregnancy, perinatal mood disorders, and attachment and maternal identity issues. Dr. Meyer also developed a Grounded Theory titled “Dynamic Holism” which informs on how women navigate between self-interest and self-sacrifice in motherhood. She is licensed in mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy, is board certified through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), holds a Perinatal Mental Health Certificate (PMH-C) and is an adjunct professor.


September 25, 2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Virtual lecture via the Zoom platform. (The meeting access link will be provided to you during the week of the event)


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