Perinatal Grief and Loss: Helping Families Heal

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Date(s) - July 28
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Dates, Times, and Topics:
Friday July 28th, 2017 from 9am- 5pm

Statistics indicate that as many as one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage, not taking into account mothers affected by early infant death. Perinatal grief and loss can have a significant impact on women and families and can endure without treatment. Yet- few professionals have the know how to support parents when there is an unexpected outcome of pregnancy. The conference will explore how perinatal grief and loss are different from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) as well as treatment options to help women and families who have experienced a loss. The instructor will explore how prenatal attachment alters the parent-unborn baby relationship when there is an unexpected outcome in pregnancy and identify interventions that might be helpful to parents in a range of circumstances where loss occurs. The differences between treating people with PMAD versus treating people with a perinatal loss will be identified and discussed. The instructor will also teach self-care strategies that we can teach our clients to use during times of significant stress (and can be used by practitioners as well).

About the Instructor

Joann O’Leary, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., IMH-E® (IV), Joann has a Ph.D. in Family Education, a Masters in Maternal Child Health from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and a Masters in Psychology from Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she was a Rotary Scholar. She is a Fulbright Specialist in the area of prenatal loss and the pregnancy that follows. She worked for 8 years as an Infant teacher/Parent Coordinator in a Birth to Five Early Intervention program, 18 years as a Parent-Infant Specialist in a high risk perinatal center, teaches at the University level, is a Level IV Infant Mental Health specialist and has published over 42 articles, chapters and recent book  “Meeting the Needs of Parents Pregnant and Parenting after Perinatal Loss.”

Adelphi University, Garden City

Early registration (on or before June 30, 2017): $105
Regular registration (after June 30, 2017): $115
Adelphi Full-Time Student:  $65.00
Adelphi Full-Time Faculty:  $90.00

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social work (6 hours)
  • CASAC renewal (6 hours approval pending)
  • Education (6 hours)
  • Psychology (6 hours)
  • NBCC (6 hours)

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