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Diagnosis and Treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

January 24 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am


WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This continuing education workshop is designed for case managers, social workers, psychologists, therapists, nurses, counselors, and health care workers. The community is welcome to attend.                                        

OVERVIEW: Maternal and paternal depression and anxiety are often taboo in our society. As a result, new parents often do not disclose feelings of depression and/or anxiety and providers often do not inquire. The impact of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders can be quite debilitating and even lead to death if left untreated. Dr. Willis will discuss how providers can implement routine screening in order to increase treatment and ensure parents are emotionally supported and mentally healthy, which will enable them to provide an emotionally and developmentally stimulating environment for their growing infant. 

OBJECTIVES: After attending this workshop the participant will be able to:

  • Describe how to screen for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs),
  • Discuss the diagnostic criteria for PMADs and how they manifest,
  • Recognize the impact of PMADs on the parent children relationship and child development,
  • Describe treatment modalities for PMADs.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Mental Health America of the Heartland is a pre-approved provider for social workers through the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) Provider Number 17-007. This continuing education provider is approved 1.5 hours for social workers and accepted for psychologists, professional counselors, masters prepared psychologists, marriage and family therapists and addiction counselors. For licensed professionals, please bring license # to the workshop to receive your CEU Certificate of Attendance. 1.5 CEU’s (Certificate of Attendance).

Please complete and return a registration form with payment by January 20, 2018.

Dr. Tiffany Willis is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Christian University and her Doctorate of Psychology from the University of Denver. She received her postdoctoral training from the University of Colorado at Denver, School of Medicine, where she was a participant in the nationally recognized Harris Infant Mental Health Fellowship program, which focuses on providing therapeutic services to children birth to five years of age, and their families.

Currently, Dr. Willis serves as the Neonatal Psychologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital where she works with the Fetal Health Center for women delivering babies with identified congenital anomalies, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and the Special Care Clinic where NICU graduates are seen for follow up pediatric care. Dr. Willis’ clinical interests include attachment and bonding, trauma, infant mental health, perinatal mental health, and minority/underserved populations. Dr. Willis’ research interests include the impact of psychosocial support for parents on the well-being of their baby and the power of attachment on the developing brain.

Dr. Willis is on the board of directors and a founding member of the Missouri Association for Infant Mental Health and Early Childhood (MOAIMH-EC), a member of the Kansas Association for Infant Mental Health (KAIMH), and sits on a national workgroup of leading NICU Psychologists. Dr. Willis also enjoys community service and volunteers with Missouri’s Black Health Care Coalition, the Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce and is a big sister in the Big Brother Big Sister of Greater KC program.


January 24
9:30 am - 11:00 am


Stacy Davis
(913) 281-2221 (ext. 112)


Partners in Primary Care
7527 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112 United States
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