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june, 2023

28jun2:00 pm3:30 pmParenting the Inner Child: Navigating Perinatal Challenges in PsychotherapyContinuing education opportunity for mental health providers

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About this training

Expectant and new parents often feel overwhelmed, isolated, and conflicted about challenges related to perinatal and reproductive mental health. It is not uncommon for both psychotherapy clients and their clinicians to feel perplexed by the dynamic interplay of complex socio-cultural factors and deeply personal experiences that affect reproductive mental health and early childhood parenting. Fortunately, working with the unconscious via inner child work can offer a creative and accessible means of integrating unconscious material for perinatal clients and parents to young children.

In this psychodynamically-oriented training, Wildflower Clinical Supervisor and psychotherapist Jennifer Piwnicki, LCPC, PMH-C will explore ways that inner child activities can supplement a variety of theoretical approaches to assist perinatal clients in acknowledging painful wounds, processing uncomfortable emotions, and moving forward in their healing journeys.

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Learning objectives

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the theories that support working with the unconscious mind in order to address mental health challenges.
  • Participants will explore how inner child work can assist in bringing unconscious material to the conscious mind in order to examine and challenge patterns, behaviors, thoughts, and emotions related to clients’ perinatal and early parenting experiences.
  • Participants will learn ways to assess and prepare clients for inner child activities that complement participants’ theoretical orientation and clients’ diverse backgrounds.
  • Participants will be able to facilitate inner child discussions and activities to assist clients in navigating perinatal challenges, including identity development, relationship issues, role transitions, and grief.

Continuing Education

1.5 CEUs for social workers, clinical professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and clinical psychologists are offered upon completion.

This training counts toward 1.5 of the 6 advanced hours needed to obtain or renew the PMH-C through Postpartum Support International.


$45. Wildflower will donate a portion of proceeds to Family Focus, a local nonprofit focused on strengthening families and their children in Chicago and NE Illinois.


Please register at the link below. If you have any questions, please contact Eden Himidian, LCSW, RYT: ehimidian at

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Other Details

In order to receive CEUs, be sure to stay for the duration of the event and fill out the post-training survey. There will be no refunds.


(Wednesday) 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


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