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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.

Also, please find our updated 2024-2025 perinatal fellowship application and details below.

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, September 17 & Thursday, September 19 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."

Perinatal Fellowship 2024-2025

Perinatal fellowship for social workers and mental health counselors at Strong Roots Counseling Sept 15, 2024 -September 14, 2025. Strong Roots Counseling is pleased to announce the second year of our perinatal fellowship at Strong Roots Counseling open to social work and mental health clinicians who have a Master’s degree from an accredited school of social work or graduate school of mental health counseling and possess a Massachusetts licensed LCSW, LICSW or LMHC or are eligible to sit for example Fall 2024.


This training will focus on developing and honing specific treatment skills in the field of perinatal mental health, as well as other related considerations for birthing persons with an emphasis on evidence-based therapy approaches. Trainees will have the opportunity to learn more about the treatment of perinatal depression, anxiety, birth trauma, loss, and IVF.Strong Roots Counseling is a group practice located in West Newton, MA. We offer in-person, hybrid, and telehealth treatment for Massachusetts clients.


Fellowship participants are recommended, but not required, to consider at least one day in the office to see clients in person and to connect with other in person staff. Strong Roots Counseling will complete your insurance paneling process. All Strong Roots Counseling fellows are required to complete a CORI prior to employment. This is a salaried position and with all the related full-time benefits of a W-2 employee of 401K, sick, dental, LTD, and health. $55,000 base salary for the 12-month contract with opportunities for increases as productivity allows. A computer, office, and parking will be made available to both fellows.Applications will be accepted until August 1, 2024. Accepted applicants will be notified on August 19, 2024.

Please see details in the attached link to the right.

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