Trauma, loss, and grief are among the many factors that increase one’s risk of developing a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. The term “perinatal” encompasses all aspects related to bearing children, including trying to conceive, pregnancy, and the years following the birth of a child.
One in approximately 6 women experiences a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder, and 1 in 5 women experiences a pregnancy-related loss. Partners, family members, and health care providers are also susceptible to experiencing trauma, grief, and mental health disorders as a result of traumatic experiences and loss related to pregnancy or infancy. Experiencing trauma or losing a child at any stage of pregnancy or parenthood is devastating and it’s essential for therapists to understand the many nuances involved in working with individuals and families impacted by these types of trauma and loss.
In this 2-hour continuing education web conference, Megan MacCutcheon, LPC, PMH-C will discuss the many ways grief can show up in the perinatal period. She will discuss the obvious forms of loss, including miscarriage, abortion, termination for medical reasons, still birth, and infant death. She will also shed light on other experiences that can create grief in parenthood, including gender disappointment, birth traumas, and loss of freedom/identity, and will discuss effective interventions and therapeutic approaches for working with grieving clients.
This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:
Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: The contents of this program are based primarily on clinical experience as well as trainings conducted by Postpartum Support International and are meant to bring awareness to various experiences of trauma, loss, and grief in the perinatal period. Further training, consultation, or adjunctive services are advised when working with this population. For training opportunities and information on perinatal mental health provider certification please visit www.postpartum.net
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Megan MacCutcheon is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Perinatal Mental Health Practitioner in private practice in Vienna, Virginia. She works with families who are impacted by mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and following childbirth.
Megan leads workshops and has written books and articles on the topics of building self-esteem, mindfulness, and improving self-care. She also co-founded Perinatal Place, an online resource to provide education, resources, and referrals to pregnant and postpartum families in her community.
For more information about Megan and her work, please visit meganmaccutcheon.com.