Numerous research studies have documented the negative impact that perinatal depression can have on both women and their developing children. Developmental delays and social or emotional problems are just two of the possible outcomes. In its most severe forms, it can even be life-threatening.
Despite the risks, approximately 50% of women who experience serious perinatal depression are never identified. Fewer still receive treatment.
The Keys to Postpartum Depression training program was created to improve these outcomes. It is the result of a three-year collaborative effort between the UW School of Nursing and the Washington State First Steps Team.
The program consists of three training modules. It is recommended that these modules be viewed in three sittings for maximum effectiveness. The five learning objectives of this training program are to:
- Increase your understanding of perinatal depression
- Teach you to recognize the symptoms
- Help you address client diversity by “Joining With”
- Demonstrate early detection tools
- Address treatment options
Many women are reluctant to report depressed feelings, or to follow through with suggested treatment. In addition, cultural and family issues can provide additional barriers to care. Such potential barriers are a main focus of this training program.
Please note that you may be asked to download certain documents before beginning a module. In addition, you will be asked to complete a brief evaluation form at the end of each module. Doing this will help us to continue refining Keys to Postpartum Depression to ensure its maximum effectiveness.
Minimum computer requirements and video viewing requirements