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February 4
National Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference for Research, Action, and Change
Examining the Intersection of Faith and Race during a Protest of a Confederate statue
In this presentation, we describe a two-part study examining the intersection of faith and race within a group of protestors calling for the removal of a Confederate statue in a Southern suburban town. We provide an overview of the study, in which we utilized mixed methods to examine different facets of allyship, particularly Black allyship, and faith identity. Then, we will discuss how the results might inform advocacy development within counselors and educators.

February 9 - 10
Postpartum Support International (Virtual) 2-Day PMAD

Components of Care Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Components of Care is a 2-day, thorough and evidence-based curriculum designed for nurses, physicians, social workers, mental health providers, childbirth professionals, social support providers, or anyone interested in learning skills and knowledge for assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders.

February 11
Postpartum Support International Advanced Psychotherapy Training

The 6-hour Advanced Perinatal Psychotherapy certificate course must be completed in person as a pre-requisite to register for the perinatal mental health certification exam.

February 23
Northern Virginia Counselors Association

Not Your Average Blues: Working with Black Couples Diagnosed with a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder and Infertility
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) impact approximately 20% of the U.S. women who give birth. However, at the time of this research, a review of the literature yields no research on the impact of PMADs in Black men and no research addresses the specific lived experiences of a PMAD amongst Black American couples. Likewise, scant literature exists to discuss the infertility experiences of Black American women and couples. Research shows that 12% of reproductive age couples experience an infertility diagnosis and while it affects all racial demographics, infertility rates are also disproportionate in African Americans, as they are 1.5 times more likely to experience the disease than other races. Just as with a PMAD, Black women diagnosed with infertility seek mental health services at lower rates, even though a psycho-emotional impact associated with an infertility diagnosis exists. 

To provide ethical, culturally sensitive, and competent treatment, it is important for health professionals to be aware of various influencers and lived experiences of Black couples experiencing a PMAD along with an infertility diagnosis. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and how it presents in Black Americans.

  • Participants will be able to define infertility and understand the impact in Black couples.

  • Participants will be able to identify the significance of applying culturally competent treatment to Black couples that are simultaneously coping with a PMAD and infertility.

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