Perinatal Support Group Facilitator Training (13211)

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September 26th, 2013 6:30 PM   through   September 29th, 2013 5:00 PM
Bastyr University
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Kenmore, WA 98028
Phone: 425-602-3361
Full Registration $ 569.00
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Course Type: Perinatal Support Group Facilitators
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience Anyone working with childbearing women and families.
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Innovative Approach to Leading Successful Support Groups in Your Community. Thursday-Sunday, September 26-29, 2013 Thursday: 6:30pm-9:00pm. Friday-Saturday: 9am-5pm. Sunday: 9am-4pm $549

Course Notes

The Perinatal Support Group Facilitator Training is an intensive 21 hour workshop focusing on skill development to lead thriving new mother support groups to support perinatal emotional health in your community.  The MotherWoman Group Model© creates an environment of support and personal empowerment, enhancing a mother’s capacity to advocate for herself and her family.  Participants gain core elements of the MotherWoman Group Model for replication and skills to maximize leadership capacity in diverse settings and with diverse groups of mothers.  The MotherWoman Group Model can be replicated in a variety of sites and incorporate specific program curricula.


You'll learn to:

  • Support mothers across the spectrum of perinatal mood disorders
  • Create safety for sharing authentic experiences of motherhood
  • Gain expertise in leading and sustaining support groups and confidence in discussing mood disorders with women and professionals who serve them 
  • Explore cultural messages and myths about motherhood
  • Lead a culturally competent support group that welcomes diverse mothers
  • Encourage group participants inherent strength and resilience
  • Motivate personal and social change by linking socio-political factors to maternal depression

What Students Say

“This training not only gave me the skills necessary to run a group right away, it gave me a deeper understanding about the social and cultural issues that impact women and how I, as a support group facilitator, can help women overcome them. It’s not just about helping women to survive, it’s about helping women to value themselves enough that they can thrive!” - Aida Perez, Children’s Trust Fund Parent Advocate National Awardee

  “What I love about the MotherWoman Group Model is its structure and adaptability. We can add curricula and content appropriate for the women we work with and still have the benefit of a consistent model that creates safety and allows sharing to go deeper. It also gives the facilitators a structure to follow that works every time. Our goal is to use it in all our groups now.” - Debra Bercuvitz, Director of FRESH Start, a recovery and parenting program for pregnant and postpartum moms.

"The material Annette & Liz presented was well organized, the class was structured beautifully and I was inspired for all 3 days that I was there. I feel 100% ready to start a perinatal group in my area!" - Crystal Gurney, mother of 8, New Moms Group Facilitator, Seattle WA

The MotherWoman Perinatal Support Group Facilitator Training is an outstanding combination of both content and practicum.  Annette and Liz offer a sound, thorough, compassionate and thoughtful approach in sharing the MotherWoman Model, creating a deep personal and professional experience and making sure that participants leave with the confidence and skills to run high quality groups.” - Heidi Koss PSI WA


Photograph of Annette CyconAnnette Cycon, LICSW, is MotherWoman’s Founder and Director of Training. Her clinical career specializes in child and family therapy, group therapy, women’s issues and trauma. She designed and facilitated support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and has been facilitating women’s groups for over 25 years. She is certified by Postpartum Support International and widely respected for her curriculum development and training expertise. Cycon designed, with Ms. Friedman, the MotherWoman Support Group Model, the MotherWoman Support Group Facilitator Training, training manuals and curricula, and additional trainings for medical, mental health and social service professionals on perinatal mood disorders. She is a lead facilitator of a MotherWoman Perinatal Support Group and supervises MotherWoman Group Facilitators. She leads MotherWoman’s International Support Group Facilitator Program in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, where she has trained local leaders in Spanish to run MotherWoman groups.

Photograph of Liz FriedmanLiz Friedman, MFA, is MotherWoman’s Program Director and Founder of the Postpartum Support Initiative. Ms. Friedman is certified by Postpartum Support International and is the PSI Coordinator for Western Massachusetts. In 2010, she won the TEDWomen contest for her work with MotherWoman. With Ms. Cycon, she has designed specialized trainings for professionals on perinatal mood disorders as well as the MotherWoman Support Group Model and the MotherWoman Support Group Facilitator Training. Ms Friedman was appointed by MA Governor Patrick to sit on the Governor’s State Commission on Postpartum Depression. She is receiving national acclaim for developing MotherWoman’s Community-Based Perinatal Support Model. She is also the co-investigator on research with psychiatrist Dr, Nancy Byatt of University of MA Medical School on Barriers to Care. 

Cycon & Friedman have presented at conferences throughout the state of Massachusetts as well as, Washington DC, Seattle, WA, Teaneck N J and Pittsburg PA. For a full description of their training experience, please review their attached CVs.


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