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Professional Development

Strong Roots Counseling is a destination for best practice treatment and collegial conversation. Below you will find information on both our perinatal fellowship and our Certificate for CBT and Perinatal Emotional Complications.

Birthing Healthier Families (c): Post-Graduate Certificate Using CBT for Perinatal Emotional Complications.

This certificate will provide specific CBT strategies to enhance clinician's practice in treating women with perinatal emotional complications. Emotional complications are the most common complication of pregnancy and often go unreported, undiagnosed, and untreated.  The aim is to acquaint providers who care for clients with pregnancy and postpartum mental health issues with the range of perinatal emotional complications, the rationale for why cognitive and behavioral approaches are effective in perinatal treatment, the screening tools to assess for perinatal emotional complications, and ways to obtain support for clients.


Participants will discuss the research supporting CBT treatment as effective for the perinatal population. Participants will discuss provided case examples that demonstrate the impact of CBT for anxiety, depression, and OCD. Participants will be provided with a list of resources for further exploration of CBT and perinatal treatment. This program is geared toward therapists. It has been approved for 12 social work  and LMHC CEU's. Additional details included here.


NEXT CERTIFICATE: Tuesday, January 30 and Thursday, February 1, 2024 (Virtual)-- applications now available


Facilitated by Mara Acel-Green, LICSW.

Here's what people are saying about the program:

"This training was so valuable in weaving together how to understand our patients and then what to do about it. I’m leaving with actual tools that I will bring back to my practice and be able to utilize immediately. Mara kept it relevant. Would take it again!"

"Most practical training I have attended. I feel like I am leaving with a new toolbox."


"Mara has a great way of presenting the material with a balance of humor and realism. She provides concrete examples, responses and interactive feedback making the material more accessible to all. Very worthwhile way to spend my time."

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