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Session 415: Primary Prevention: Utilizing EMDR in the Perinatal Period


The reproductive period is one fraught with psychosocial and sociological meaning. Understanding perinatal trauma and postpartum loss requires knowledge and sensitivity across the range of cultural constructs framing it. While the birthgiver most often is the focus of concern, partners, grandparents, and older children (siblings) are profoundly impacted by these experiences. The AIP model is trans-diagnostic and, when integrated with the central themes of the perinatal period, becomes a comprehensive attachment-focused, developmental model, useful in case formulation and treatment planning. This session will introduce participants to this integrative framework, demonstrating its utility across a wide range of issues in the reproductive period. Case examples will illustrate the immediate applicability of this model to practice: explaining pathology, directing meaningful therapeutic endeavors and predicting outcomes of effective therapy for these clients. Participants will reflect on what they bring to this work and how this shapes clinician engagement and the development of treatment plans.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the philosophy of Relationship Centered care and its application to EMDR Therapy for Perinatal Mental Health.
  2. Participants will be able to identify one's own exposure to loss, trauma, and disruption related to perinatal mental health and how this shapes EMDR clinician engagement with perinatal clients, including clinicians' ability to effectively take clinical history and develop comprehensive treatment plans.
  3. Participants will be able to describe the Three Core Tasks framework for perinatal mental health. To be able to identify specific considerations important to history-taking and evaluation of clients subsequent to a perinatal event using the dual focusing power of the lenses of AIP and Three Core Tasks.

Family / Parenting

Intermediate | Advanced

CE Hours: 3


  • Mara Tesler Stein, Psy.D.

    Mara Tesler Stein, Psy.D., PMH-C is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in perinatal mental health and trauma treatment in the reproductive period. She is the co-author of Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child: The Emotional Journey (Fulcrum, 2004) and Intensive Parenting: Surviving the Journey Through the NICU (Fulcrum, 2013). Dr. Stein is a certified EMDR therapist, EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Trainer for the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, where she is on faculty. She teaches EMDR Therapy to perinatal mental health specialists on both the foundational and advanced practice levels.

  • Paul Miller, M.D.

    Paul Miller, M.D., is an EMDR Europe Trainer and EMDR institute facilitator; Visiting Professor, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, School of Nursing, Ulster University. Chaired the EMDR UK and Ireland Association training subcommittee and Chairs the Training and Credentialing Work-group of the Council of Scholars (Future of EMDR Therapy Project). He introduced EMDR to Northern Ireland’s National Health Service and in 2011 founded Mirabilis Health, a clinic specializing in EMDR therapy. For five years, he has been training Mental Health Nurses at UU, at an introductory skill level in EMDR. Currently part of an informal Technical Review with GIST-T.

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November 14, 2021
Sun 12:30 PM CST

Duration 3H 30M

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