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Our Transitions to Parenthood seminar is designed for mental health professionals who specialize and/or would like to grow their expertise in treating the emotional struggles of new parents, and to better support their relationships with their infants and young children. 

This six-session seminar will explore the intersection of past attachment relationships and maternal mental health. We will explore evidenced-based psychotherapy models, strategies and interventions to support new mothers to understand how the past “arrives” in the present. We will also consider ways to support and expand our clients’ ability to soothe wounds from their own unmet needs and choose how to use these experiences to create new attachment relationships with themselves, their children, and close others.

Seminar dates and topic:  Attachment and maternal mental health

  • Friday, June 7, 2024:  Attachment history: Impact on postpartum mood and experiences with infant care
  • Friday, July 12 2024:  Unpacking Attachment strategies:  How do they show up and impact mood and relationships? 
  • Friday, August 2, 2024:  Relationships with caregivers:  The impact of unmet needs postpartum
  • Friday, September 13, 2024:  Therapist Attachment history and strategies:  Expanding our capacity to "be with" the postpartum client
  • Friday, October 18, 2024:  Models of psychotherapy Part I:  Attachment-based intervention
  • Friday, November 15, 2024:  Models of psychotherapy Part II:  Attachment-based intervention


Registration has closed.

Group Type
Day of Meeting
The seminar group will meet virtually once a month on Fridays
9:00 a.m.
11:50 a.m.

Two payment options are available: Payment in full or six $110 monthly installments.
Costs include all readings and lecture materials and 18 CEUs that are eligible for maintaining the Certification in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International of 6 CEUs per year, and/or meets the requirements for the Advanced Psychotherapy training requirement for Certification in Perinatal Mental Health (

A Certificate of Completion will be provided at the conclusion of the seminar.

What to Expect

Meetings will take place virtually via Zoom and will be taught by Nikki Lively, M.A., LCSW, Clinical Director of the Transitions to Parenthood Program.

Seminar sessions will be live and interactive. The live sessions will not be recorded to protect the confidentiality of case material and to provide safety to reflect on self-of-therapist experiences.  Participants are encouraged to save the date for each seminar as payment is required regardless of attendance to save your spot and keep the seminar group small to allow for group discussions and participation.  However, the lecture portion will be pre-recorded and sent out to all participants in the event that a date must be missed so that the main content for the month will still be available. 

Participant Requirements

The seminar is limited to 15 participants and requires a six-month commitment.  

Participants will be assigned two to three articles per meeting and should come prepared to present at least one clinical case (preferably of an individual, couple, or family dealing with some aspect of transitioning to parenthood) during the six-month course.

Participants are expected to actively participate in group discussions.

Registration has closed.


Nikki Lively, M.A., LCSW

Clinical Director, Transitions to Parenthood Program
Ms. Lively is a certified Emotionally Focused couples Therapist ​and Supervisor (EFT), ​Certified in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) through Postpartum Support International and ​trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Her main area of expertise is supporting women, men, infants, couples and families in the transition to parenthood ​and specializes in women's reproductive health.