August 2020 ORPG Grand Rounds Webinar: Compassion-Focused Therapy and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

August 2020 ORPG Grand Rounds Webinar:  Compassion-Focused Therapy and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Friday August 7th at 1:00pm EST

No cost and open to all.

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

About the webinar:

While mild mood changes can be expected before or after the birth of a child, about 15-25% of mothers and about 10% of fathers experience significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. Untreated, these difficulties can have significant implications for the mental health of the parent, their partners and their children as well as have major societal implications.

In this presentation, Dr. Melisa Arias-Valenzuela will discuss perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS) and their implications. She will also discuss how Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), a form of trans-diagnostic, evidence-based, Third-Wave Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapy which aims at addressing high levels of shame and self-criticism by developing compassion, can help treat PMADS.

Dr. Arias-Valenzuela will also be offering a 8 week online course teaching compassion focused skills for women struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders from Sept 18-Nov 13, 2020.  Click link below for more information if you are, or know of a pregnant woman (20th week or over) or a mother to a newborn (less than 1 year since delivery) who struggles with:

  • Symptoms of anxiety and/or depression
  • High levels of self-criticism

Compassionate Minded Moms: Compassion-Focused Skills Group for Women Struggling With Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

About the Presenter:

Melisa Arias-Valenzuela, Ph.D., supervised practice, is a doctoral associate at the Ottawa River Psychology Group. She is a licensed psychologist in Québec and is currently pursuing her registration to become a licensed clinical psychologist in Ontario. She specializes in working with people struggling with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and has a special interest and passion for compassionate intervention approaches, particularly for Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Dr. Arias-Valenzuela has received advanced training from Postpartum Support International and is in the process of completing her certification in Perinatal Mental Health. She is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, the Compassionate Mind Foundation and Postpartum Support International. Dr. Arias-Valenzuela has led many clinical workshops on the therapeutic use of compassion practices, including the 2020 Meeting of the Canadian Network for Compassion Focused Therapy.

Click the link below to register for “August 2020 ORPG Grand Rounds Webinar: Compassion-Focused Therapy and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders”.


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