• Discount available for PAA Members.

Intended Audience

Suicide is the leading cause of maternal death in the first year following childbirth. This workshop will be most useful for clinicians who work with any individuals of reproductive age, as 1 in 7 women will develop a perinatal mood disorder and 1/3 of those who do, already are seeking care for a pre-existing mental health condition. This workshop will address the basic concepts of what perinatal mood disorders are, how to assess them, recognizing warning signs and when to refer treatment to a specialist. 

Learning Objective

  • To understand the difference between 'Baby Blues' /'mom worries' and Perinatal Depression, Perinatal Anxiety, Perinatal OCD, Perinatal PTSD, Perinatal Bi-Polar and Perinatal Psychosis.

  • To understand the prevalence of perinatal mood disorders and the consequences of lack of correct treatment.

  • To identify the warning signs/risk factors of perinatal mood disorders during pregnancy and postpartum.

  • To gain competence in assessment tools that can be used to identify the type and severity of perinatal mood disorder

  • To learn what can be treated by a generalist psychologist and what should be referred to a specialist.

  • To gain understanding of the specific types of training required to treat moderate or severe perinatal mood disorders.


Kristine Aanderson, MA, PMH-C 

Kristine was the first Registered Psychologist in Western Canada to become certified by Postpartum Support International in the treatment of perinatal mental health. She specializes in the treatment of mood disorders occurring through pregnancy, loss, birth, NICU stays and postpartum. Kristine has spent the last 15 years developing expertise in supporting perinatal clients with OCD, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, ADHD and Grief. She also has additional training in treating members of the LGBTQ+ community. She has spoken at conferences across North America and the UK and maintains a website full of resources for people struggling with perinatal mental health.

Mallory Becker R. Psych. (Counselling & Health Psychology)

Mallory completed several advanced trainings in perinatal psychology from worldwide instructors and institutions. Co-founder, owner, and lead Psychologist at Pine Integrated Health Centre (a multidisciplinary clinic specializing in perinatal health). Approved CAP Supervisor and previous university sessional instructor with over a decade of experience in treating perinatal struggles in individuals and couples.

Dr. Gina Wong, R.Psych

Gina is a professor in the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology at Athabasca University. She specializes in perinatal mental health and has a program of research focused on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). She is the Vice-President of the Postpartum Support International Canada launching May 2022. Dr. Wong also specializes in reproductive mental health forensics and has been involved as an expert witness in maternal infanticide and filicide criminal court cases. She is actively involved in developing competency-based specialized training in this area. Dr. Wong is also the Founder and President of the Asian Gold Ribbon campaign, a non-profit national organization working towards developing integrated Asian mental health services across Canada. She has edited books such as Moms Gone Mad (Wong, 2012) and Infanticide and Filicide: Foundations in Maternal Mental Health Forensics (Wong & Parnham, 2021).

Continuing Education

The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to offer Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. This workshop is offered for one (1.0) hours of CE Credit. Full attendance at the workshop is required to receive Continuing Education Credits. Partial credit will not be awarded, and late arrivals or early departure will preclude awarding of Continuing Education Credits. PAA maintains responsibility for the program.

Credits: 1.0

Cancellation and Refunds

Upon purchase, the product will be available for 90 days. Cancellation and refunds may be applied for by email or phone call to the PAA Membership Officer. Cancellations received within 24 hours of registration for the Continuing Professional Development activity will receive a full refund of the registration fee. Cancellations received within 48 hours of registration for the Continuing Professional Development activity will receive a full refund of the registration fee, less a $35.00 + GST processing fee. PAA reserves the right to cancel any activity, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided. No refunds will be issued if a CE Certificate has been generated. 

Assessing Perinatal Mental Health

1 Hour recording that you can consume at any time!