As therapists, we are often called upon to work with individuals, couples, and families facing major life transitions. The birth of a baby is one of the most psychologically profound moments in the life of a woman and her family. A woman’s capacity to embrace the unique passage into motherhood not only has an enormous impact on the development of a secure attachment to her infant, but on fetal development and her overall mental health. Using the framework of attachment theory, this web conference facilitates an understanding of the psychology of pregnancy and its critical impact on maternal mental health.
We will look at the psychological processes involved in becoming a mother through the lens of several different researchers, including D.W. Winnicott and Daniel Stern. The experience of motherhood in the postpartum period will also be addressed with a focus on the discrepancies between expectations and reality, grief and loss as an integral part of this life-changing transition, and the incorporation of a woman’s new role as a mother into her previously established sense of herself in the world.
Utilizing an attachment perspective, this web conference will explain the significance of a woman’s earliest attachment relationships on her present experience of becoming a mother, the impact of trauma on maternal connection, and the factors that leave some women vulnerable to a denial of their pregnancies. We will also discuss the consequences of perinatal illness on attachment and mothering.
This web conference is intermediate instructional level and designed to help clinicians:
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Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.
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Premium Membership with GoodTherapy includes access to this web conference at no cost. Not yet a Premium Member? Mental health professionals can attend this live web conference for $29.95 or access the homestudy recording for $14.95.
Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD, LMFT, is regarded internationally as an expert on women’s mental health, particularly with regards to perinatal illness. As former president of Postpartum Support International, Dr. Barnes currently serves on their President’s Advisory Council. She is a member of the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative and a core faculty member at the training institute for the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force. She is a co-founder of The Motherhood Consortium, which serves young mothers and their families through a network of professionals. Dr. Barnes also maintains a private practice specializing in the reproductive health of women.
Dr. Barnes is a contributing author and the editor for the new book Women’s Reproductive Mental Health Across the Lifespan (Springer, 2014) and co-author of The Journey to Parenthood - Myths, Reality and What Really Matters. She has also had her work published in a variety of academic journals, including The Journal of Systemic Therapies. In 2009, Dr. Barnes was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Eli Lilly Foundation for the contributions she has made to treatment and assessment of perinatal mood disorders. For additional information on Dr. Barnes and her work, please visit http://postpartumhealth.com.