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may, 2021

26may2:00 pm4:00 pmLike a mother: Clinical implications of providing therapy as a new(er) momContinuing education opportunity for mental health providers

Event Details

About this training

May is Maternal Mental Health Month. We are taking this time to examine how the psychotherapist’s transition to motherhood and experience of parenting a young child(ren) transforms the therapeutic relationship. Our role as psychotherapists is characterized by the ability to hold space, bear witness to vulnerability and change, and attend to the needs of our clients. Our role as mothers and therapists demands these very same things. Matrescence — the process of becoming a mother — fundamentally changes an individual. This inevitably alters the relationship between therapist and client.

In this 2-hour training geared toward mental health professionals who are mothers, are considering becoming mothers in the future, or are in the midst of this transition, Chrissy Ellis, LCSW, PMH-C and Eden Himidian, LCSW, RYT will discuss what it means to hold the identities of a mother and a psychotherapist in the therapy room. The facilitators will share their own clinical experiences, apply attachment theory, emphasize the importance of self-compassion and discuss how evidence-based treatments can guide us through this time of personal and professional change.

2 continuing education credits are offered upon completion for the following license types: LPC, LCPC, LSW, LCSW, Clinical Psychology, LMFT. The CEUs are sponsored by Mindful Path Behavioral Health and Wellness Inc. This training will count toward 2 of the 6 advanced hours needed for clinicians working to obtain their PMH-C through Postpartum Support International.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Chicago Birthworks Collective, a collective that comprises of more than a dozen birth workers who are committed to centering Black mamas and birthing people in their own reproductive experiences through radical attention, culturally affirming and centered education and a village centered model of care.

Learning objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Examine the challenges of holding dual identifies of a mother and a psychotherapist
  • Learn to navigate client reactions and responses including guilt, anger, fear, and disengagement
  • Learn to manage various transference and countertransference reactions
  • Define the concept of the “good enough mother” and how it applies to psychotherapists
  • Apply effective treatment modalities to clinical work conducted during matrescence

Continuing Education

2 continuing education credits are offered upon completion for the following license types only: LSW, LCSW, LPC, LCPC, LMFT, Clinical Psychology. The CEUs are sponsored by Mindful Path Behavioral Health and Wellness Inc. **The training has been approved by Postpartum Support International to count towards 2 of the 6 the advanced hours needed for PMH-C**




Please register here. If you have any questions, please contact Eden Himidian, LCSW, RYT: ehimidian at wildflowerllc.com. The training flyer can be accessed here.

Access Instructions

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Other Details

Please note the training recording will not be distributed following the presentation. There will be no refunds.


(Wednesday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Chrissy Ellis, LCSW, PMH-C


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