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Postpartum Depression
Gayle Peterson, LCSW, PhD

This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education units

We are pleased and honored to offer another course by Gayle Peterson, LCSW, PhD, a renowned family therapist, prenatal and child development specialist.

Postpartum depression affects women of childbearing age without regard to socioeconomic strata, educational, racial, ethnic backgrounds or specific age range in western societies, except that adolescent mothers experience an increased risk for PPD. It is interesting to note that postpartum depression occurs at significantly lower levels in non-western cultures. Presumably this difference is due to a greater, extended social support structure for mothers in non-western cultures, along with less conflicted roles for women as mothers, both psychologically and economically.

Our society pressures women to be “good” mothers, but simultaneously devalues the work of nurturing. Although lip service has been given to the importance of motherhood and staying home to raise children, especially in the first year of a child’s life, women in the United States fare worse than their European counterparts in Sweden, France, Canada and other countries that offer government support programs to help families raise children. With little public debate, the United States has chosen a radically different approach to maternity leave than the rest of the developed world.
“ The United States and Australia are the only industrialized countries that don't provide paid leave for new mothers nationally, though there are exceptions in some U.S. states.

Learning Objectives

In this 2 unit course:

1. Clinicians will learn to identify the three categories of postpartum depression
2. Clinicians will become familiarized with the symptoms, causes and treatment of postpartum syndrome, postpartum blues and postpartum psychosis
3. Clinicians will be introduced to the cultural loading of motherhood and social pressures that exacerbate postpartum depression in mothers
4. Clinicians will familiarize themselves with the role motherhood plays in the development of a woman's identity

This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education units

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To receive credit students must
  • register for the course (order on-line or call 888-777-3773), after which you will receive the Post-Test. 
  • the cost of the course is $22
  • Read the online course material
  • Pass the post-test
  • Upon passing the test, print your own certificate of completion.


how it works

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You will immediately receive confirmation of your order, your password and how to access the course material. (Please do not block e-mails from, and

If you ordered an online course, you can begin to take the course immediately.

You will receive instructions, via e-mail, on how to take your test online.

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Your test will be graded online, so the moment you have passed, you may print out your certificate of completion.

That's it! You are done!


Cost of the course is $33

Gayle Peterson, LCSW, PhD is a family therapist specializing in prenatal and family development. She is a research consultant on the effects of mindfulness training on postpartum depression and improving the maternal - child relationship under Cassandra Vieten, PhD, Associate Scientist, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute San Francisco, California.
She trains professionals in her prenatal counseling model and is the author of An Easier Childbirth, Birthing Normally and her latest book, Making Healthy Families. Her articles on family relationships appear in professional journals and she is an oft-quoted expert in popular magazines such as Woman's Day, Mothering and Parenting. She is a clinical member of The Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a Diplomate with the National Association of Social Work. She also serves on the advisory board for Fit Pregnancy Magazine.

Dr. Gayle Peterson has written family columns for, and the Bay Area's Parents Press newspaper. She has also hosted a live radio show, "Ask Dr. Gayle" on, answering questions on family relationships and parenting. Dr. Peterson has appeared on numerous radio and television interviews including Canadian broadcast as a family and communications expert in the twelve part documentary "Baby's Best Chance".

She is former clinical director of the Holistic Health Program at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California and adjunct faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. A national public speaker on women's issues and family development, Gayle Peterson practices psychotherapy in Berkeley, California and is a wife, mother of two adult children and a proud grandmother.

APA Ethics

We do adhere to the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. Our courses are carefully screened by the Planning Committee to adhere to APA standards. We also require authors who compose Internet courses specifically for us follow APA ethical standards.

Many of our courses contain case material, and may use the methods of qualitative research and analysis, in-depth interviews and ethnographic studies. The psychotherapeutic techniques depicted may include play therapy, sandplay therapy, dream analysis, drawing analysis, client and therapist self-report, etc. The materials presented may be considered non-traditional and may be controversial, and may not have widespread endorsement within the profession. maintains responsibility for the program and its content.


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