25% of your registration payment will be donated to EMDR 4 Peace

A coalition of Israeli and Palestinian practitioners committed to relieving trauma and striving towards reconciliation and peace

Course Description

Note: This workshop combines both 'Understanding Perinatal Trauma: Three Core Tasks,' and 'Understanding Perinatal Trauma: Treatment Planning.' If you prefer to register for one or the other, rather than the combined course, follow the links above.

This workshop contains recorded material from live trainings of EMDR Fundamentals: Reboot through the Perinatal Lens held in 2022 and 2023.

This self-paced workshop will introduce attendees to the wide range of disruptive events that can occur in the perinatal period, teach them to identify characteristics of those events that induce ruptures in the normative developmental path of family-building, and to recognize the common clinical presentations of patients suffering in the aftermath of disruptive and traumatizing perinatal events.

It will also introduce attendees to the Three Core Tasks parents face during the perinatal period (Davis & Stein, 2003), namely: 1. Development of Parental Identity for the current baby(ies), 2. Managing Emotions, and 3. Managing Relationships. Combining this framework with the adaptive information processing model introduces a  comprehensive framework that guides clinicians around history-taking and case conceptualization, allowing them more nuance and specificity as they assess ruptures in the perinatal period.

This training will address the complexities that families grapple with, applying the integrated lens to case conceptualization and treatment planning. Topics such as grief, attachment, perinatal OCD, and perinatal hospice and palliative care are addressed.

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 course is open to all mental health professionals.

  • CE Credits

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

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.

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome!

    2. Learning Objectives

    3. Anti-Oppression Statement from The Touchstone Institute

    4. Get to know Mara Tesler Stein!

    1. Lecture Recording: Neurobiology, The Three Core Tasks, Philosophies of Care, and overview of Perinatal Trauma

    2. Recommended reading: Developing a Philosophy of Care

    1. Lecture Recording: Core Concepts

    2. Documentary Recording: Born Too Soon

    3. Recommended reading: Is childbirth-induced PTSD associated with low maternal attachment?

    4. Recommended reading: Story in Perinatal Trauma

    5. Recommended reading: Beyond postpartum depression

    6. Recommended reading: A grief ignored- narratives of pregnancy loss from a male perspective

    7. Recommended reading: An Unexpected Journey - from Davis & Stein, "Intensive Parenting: Surviving Your Journey Through the NICU" (Fulcrum, 2013)

    8. Recommended reading: A Parent's TEARS: Primary Results from the Traumatic Experiences and Resiliency Study

    9. Recommended reading: Polyvagal preemie

    1. Course lecture and discussion: Perinatal Hospice and Palliative Care

    2. Recording: Perinatal Palliative Care Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    3. Recording: Holding Space: Neonatal Palliative Care

    4. Recommended reading: Making Peace With Agonizing Decisions

    1. About your course quiz

    2. Course Quiz

    3. Completing Your Course Evaluation and Receiving Your CE Certificate

    4. Course Evaluation

    5. CE Certificate Request Form

About this course

  • $275.00
  • 24 lessons
  • This workshop offers 8 CEs

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 8 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.

  • 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 8 continuing education credits.

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

Tiered pricing options for this course:

Questions? See our FAQ below.


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.

Learning Objectives

  • To define trauma through a neurobiological lens.
  • Discuss the Adaptive Information Processing Model for perinatal work.
  • Describe the Three Core Tasks framework for perinatal mental health.
  • Discuss utilizing the three core tasks as a framework for healing.
  • Discuss the specific ways to stabilize especially helpful to the perinatal population and to learn several from categories corresponding to the core tasks.
  • Discuss, with case examples, of common themes that appear in the perinatal period.
  • Define the application of the integrated lens to Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), Bereavement, and Attachment.
  • Discussion of factors guiding treatment planning with bereavement, attachment concerns, and PMADS.

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: www.touchstoneinstitute.org/pricing.

  • What is your refund policy?

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