Intersectionality and Perinatal Mental Health

Intersectionality and Perinatal Mental Health

The training titled, Intersectionality in Perinatal Mental Health consists of 5 modules: 1) Diversity issues and their relevance in the perinatal period; 2) Defining Privilege; 3) Defining Intersectionality 4) Tolerating discomfort – learning your own biases 5) BIPOC Maternal Health Disparities. Lecturers Dr. Wendy Ashley, PsyD, LCSW and Anna King, LCSW, PMH-C will address intersectionality as it relates to perinatal mental health and implications to the mental and physical well-being of mothers, birthing people, and families. Participants will explore the definition of intersectionality, tools and tips for becoming an intersectional practitioner, and ways to navigate their own discomfort in the process. Participants will also receive an introduction to BIPOC maternal health disparities and guidance for shifting from striving for cultural competence, to aligning with a journey toward cultural humility.


Healthcare professionals including therapists, clinical psychologists, social workers, community health workers, counselors, nurses (neonatal, labor and delivery, maternity, NICU), midwives, nurse practitioners, physicians (psychiatrists, OB/GYNs, pediatricians, neonatologists, family practitioners, general practitioners, primary care physicians), lactation consultants, health educators, birth workers & home visitors.


This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, LEPs, and psychologists as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and California Board of Psychology. Wellnest is the sponsor of continuing education for this learning module and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Wellnest as the sponsor maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Purchase Course:

Following completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Assess the difference between diversity and socially constructed identities, and how to address and honor both in their work with clients.

  • Apply at least 1 tool of awareness toward intersectionality through consideration of systems of oppression and privilege.

  • Define intersectionality and gain practice tips and tools for navigating it in the therapeutic space.

  • Assess one’s own discomforts to increase competency and cultural humility through continued education.

  • Identify 2 disparities in care for BIPOC women and birthing people.

  • Apply 2 ways to integrate a culturally sensitive approach to BIPOC care.




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