Course Description

This on-demand/asynchronous workshop first reviews core concepts in ego-state therapies and in perinatal mental health. Building on that foundation, it guides participants to exploration and understanding of their own ego-states and how they intersect with issues that present with perinatal clients. Then, delving in-depth into common perinatal themes, it teaches participants how to integrate case conceptualization and apply ego-state approaches to this work. Finally, it explores specific, complex issues that arise in the perinatal period, applying ego-state approaches. This course utilizes demo, discussion, and personal experiential exercises.

CE credits are calculated based on total video content hours. Readings are supplemental and are not calculated towards CE credit. 

This workshop contains recordings from a live workshop held in September, 2023.

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Course Overview

  • Recorded/Asynchronous Distance Learning

    This course is structured for students to learn at their own pace.

  • Prerequisites

    All mental health professionals are eligible for this course

  • CE Credits

    13.5 CEs are offered for this workshop. Please see CE coverage section below for specific approvals.

Learning Objectives

Following completion of this workshop, participants will be able to: 

Day 1: Laying the Foundation  

  1. describe the 3 Polyvagal States 

  2. explain the difference between Dissociative and Other Ego States. 

  3. utilize the 2-Hand Interweave with cultural and generational interweaves and with holding conflicting emotions.

  4. use a simple ego state intervention for simple trauma. 

  5. utilize the Integrated Lens (AIP/Three Core Tasks) to conceptualize perinatal trauma.

  6. utilize these foundational skills with their own parts.

Day 2: Ego-State approaches with common Perinatal Themes

  1. describe the core task of Developing Parental Identity from an ego state perspective. 

  2. describe ways to engage clients experiencing vulnerability, guilt, and shame around parental identity using ego state interventions. 

  3. describe ways to address grief, anger, shame, and other overwhelming emotions relevant in perinatal crisis using ego-state approaches.

  4. explain bonding disruptions in ego state terms.

  5. apply the relationship dynamics in perinatal crisis from an ego-state perspective.

  6. describe skills to intervene in relational dynamics (couples, parent and medical team, parents and baby, parents and extended family/friends) using ego-state interventions.

 Day 3: Ego-State approaches for specific perinatal topics

  1. explain ego-state applications to medical decision-making in the perinatal period.

  2. explain ego state applications for working with perinatal OCD, mood and anxiety disorders.

  3. explain ego state applications to intersectional identities in perinatal mental health. 

  4. identify methods to utilize ego-state approaches for medical conditions.

Continuing Education Credits

Participation in all training sessions and submission of a course evaluation is required to receive a CE Certificate for this course. Course evaluations are made available after all live sessions have been completed within the course portal. After completing the evaluation, participants will be able to download their CE certificates. This training offers 18 CE credits.

  • It is your responsibility to verify CE coverage in your State or Provence.

  • The Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • The Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7346. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

  • This course is approved by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). The Touchstone Institute is an approved training provider with EMDRIA: approval #22021.

  • This course is approved by Postpartum Support International (PSI) for continuing education towards obtaining and maintaining the PMH-C

  • The Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training, [provider number:1876], is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The Touchstone Institute for Perinatal Training maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: [1/19/2024-1/19/2025]. Social workers completing this course receive 18 continuing education credits.

  • Helping Hands Psychotherapy, LCSW, PC is recognized by the New York State Education Department as an approved provider of continuing education by the State Boards of Social Work for licensed social workers #SW-0567, Mental Health Practitioners for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0202, and Psychology for licensed psychologists #PSY-0074. ($15 additional CE fee)

Note on Accessibility:

We include captions in all of our live and self-paced trainings. If there is anything else you need to make our trainings accessible to you, please reach out to us at [email protected]. We recognize that every person has access needs and we are happy to do everything we can to meet yours.


Mara Stein, PsyD, PMH-C

Mara Tesler Stein, Psy.D., PMH-C is a clinical psychologist practicing in Chicago and Jerusalem. She is the founder and director of The Touchstone Institute for Psychotherapy and Training where she offers both EMDR Foundational trainings for perinatal specialists & advanced EMDR workshops which take a deeper dive into the intersections and applications of EMDR and perinatal mental health. Dr. Stein is a staunch advocate for trauma-focused care and is trained and certified in a range of integrative trauma therapies. A certified EMDR therapist, EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Trainer for the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, Dr. Stein is also certified in Emotion-Focused Family and Couple Therapy, is a Gottman Certified Therapist, and continues to pursue training in Clinical Hypnosis, Yoga-Informed treatment, Advanced applications of EMDR, Brainspotting, and Ego-State therapies.

Robin Shapiro, LICSW

Robin Shapiro, LICSW, is known for her clear, accessible, and practical style in writing, teaching and clinical consultation. She edited and contributed to EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing (Norton, 2005) and EMDR Solutions II: Depression, Eating Disorders, Performance & More (2009) and wrote Trauma Treatments Handbook (2010), Easy Ego State Interventions (2016) and Doing Psychotherapy (2020). She loves her work: writing, presenting about ego states, EMDR topics, doing clinical consultation, and forty-two years of psychotherapy practice, especially around issues of trauma, dissociation, anxiety, and attachment.

Tiered pricing options for this course:

Questions? See our FAQ below.

More about our pricing:

We offer tiered pricing for all of our trainings in order to make our courses accessible to as many practitioners as possible. If you are unsure which tier of payment is right for your financial situation, please read through our FAQ section below or visit our website.

Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you are interested in a multi-month payment plan. We are always happy to create a custom payment plan to make it more feasible for everyone to participate in our courses. 

Course Details

    1. Welcome!

    2. Course Outline

    3. Learning Objectives

    4. Anti-Oppression Statement from The Touchstone Institute

    5. Get to know Mara Tesler Stein!

    1. Powerpoint Slides

    2. Handouts

    3. Medical Ego-State Protocols

    1. Day 1 Morning

    2. Day 1 Afternoon Part 1

    3. Day 1 Afternoon Part 2

    1. Day 2 Morning

    2. Day 2 Afternoon

    1. Day 3 Morning

    2. Day 3 Afternoon Part 1

    3. Day 3 Afternoon Part 2

    1. Articles

About this course

  • $500 - $700
  • On-Demand/Asynchronous
  • 13.5 CE's

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the Generative Access tier right for me?

    Select this tier if you: Own the home you live in (even with a mortgage); live in a two-income household; have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money; travel recreationally; have access to family money and resources in times of need; work part-time by choice, etc.

  • Is the Sustaining Access tier right for me?

    Select this tier if you: Have income available for recreational activities (going out to dinner, movies, concerts etc.); have consistent work compensated at a median income rate based on your region; pay rent that is not more than 25% of your monthly household income; do not own your own home, etc.

  • Is the Supported Access tier right for me?

    Select this tier if you: Are a graduate student paying tuition; have major medical expenses not covered by insurance; have been denied work, or experience discrimination related to ableism, racism, sexism, gender discrimination or other forms of oppression; are eligible for public assistance; have immigration-related expenses; have ever been denied work due to incarceration history; are supporting adult children, extended family members in need or have other adult dependents; are an elder with limited financial support; are primarily working in a setting with under-resourced populations and your income reflects this work, etc.

  • Are there payment plan options available?

    Yes! We are happy to work with you to create a payment plan that fits your needs. Please reach out to us over email with a brief description of the length of the plan that you are interested in using to pay for this course: [email protected].

  • How can I learn more about your pricing?

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  • What is your refund policy?

    We require 30-days notice for cancellations to receive a refund, minus a 5% administrative fee. If you cancel within thirty days you will be able to apply your full tuition to any other trainings we offer.

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