Course Description

This on-demand training aims to expand your expertise in perinatal mental health through this hands-on ethics continuing education course. We will focus on cultural and identity-informed approaches to therapy grounded in theory, research, and lived experiences. Throughout this active program, participants will not only recognize but effectively communicate the crucial role of identity in perinatal mental healthcare. We will navigate the nuances of psychological screening, assessment, and evaluation with a culturally-grounded lens, crafting case conceptualizations that honor each client's unique identity. 

This course places a strong emphasis on fostering cultural self-awareness, equipping you with practical tools for self-knowledge generation, an essential component of inclusive care. Moreover, you'll delve into strength and asset-based models with helpful handouts for post-course work. We'll also explore evidence-based practices and techniques, providing resources and materials to seamlessly incorporate them into your therapeutic work with perinatal clients from diverse backgrounds. Realistic case studies generated for the course will provide the opportunity for coaching and feedback, ensuring that you leave with a refined skill set and the ability to navigate common issues adeptly. This CEU course empowers mental health professionals to deliver culturally sensitive and effective perinatal mental healthcare, elevating client outcomes across the spectrum of identities and backgrounds.

This course utilizes recordings of a live training held in November, 2023. CEs are calculated only based on video runtime. Readings are supplemental.

For more information on our work at The Touchstone Institute, visit our website.

Course Overview

  • Recorded/Asynchronous Distance Learning

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

  • Prerequisites

    This training is open to mental health professionals working with perinatal clients

  • CE Credits

    Participants are eligible to receive 2.5 CE credits for this training (see more details below).

This training is also available live on May 17th, 2024!

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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.


Janelle S. Peifer, PhD

Janelle S. Peifer, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at the University of Richmond. She is a speaker and consultant for higher education institutions and organizations committed to transformative equity. She founded The Center for Inclusive Therapy + Wellness and leads Fleurish Psychotherapy. Dr. Peifer earned her PhD in Clinical and School Psychology at the University of Virginia and is an alumna of Wake Forest University. Her research focuses on college student development, identity/culture, mental health, and complex trauma.

Tiered pricing options for Day 1:

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 curriculum

    1. Course Description

    2. Get to know Dr. Janelle Peifer!

    3. Welcome Message from Dr. Janelle Peifer

    4. Course Agenda

    5. Learning Objectives

    6. Anti-Oppression Statement from The Touchstone Institute

    1. A Note on Slides

    2. Course Lecture

    3. Resources Shared During Training

    1. Receiving your CE Certificate

    2. About your course quiz

    3. Course Quiz

    4. Course Evaluation

    5. CE Request Form

About this course

  • $150 - 350
  • Asynchronous, On-Demand
  • 2.5 CEs, see below for specific approvals

Learning Objectives

1. Establish and communicate the importance of ethical approaches for identity-informed perinatal mental healthcare grounded in theory, research, and embodied experiences. 

2. Review tools for assessment and evaluation in a culturally-grounded approach. Presents processes for case conceptualization tailored to the proximity and centrality of each clients' identity. 

3. Practice tools for cultural self-knowledge generation for individuals emphasizing the importance of awareness of self as a part of inclusive perinatal mental healthcare. 

4. Identify strength and asset-based models and practices in perinatal psychotherapy. 

5. Review tools and evidence-based practices and techniques to incorporate into therapeutic work with perinatal clients from a wide range of backgrounds. 

6. Review case studies of common issues and concerns with coaching and feedback on approaches and ways to navigate.

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?

    Please visit our website for more information on our approach to pricing our trainings:

  • 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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Join our growing community of perinatal providers

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 2.5 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 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 2.5 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)