“The Heartland Protocol”: Perinatal Mental Health 2-Day Certificate Virtual Training

Date: May 05 - 06, 2021

Over the course of two days, perinatal mental health experts Elizabeth Lowder MSW, LCSW and Kim Martino-Sexton NFC will train participants on the importance of utilizing their “Heartland Protocol” for PMADs. This protocol involves in-depth learning and experiential exercises related to empathy skills, assessment and referral practices, and best practices for follow-up care. Important factors emphasized throughout this training are cultural congruency, societal expectations for motherhood, and self-care for clients and providers alike. This training is designed to benefit moms in the perinatal lifestage as well as their families. Professionals including, but not limited to, social workers, nurses, physicians, therapists, counselors, case managers, OB/GYNS, midwives, doulas, childbirth professionals, and other social service providers and mental health workers or anyone interested in more effectively serving women with PMAD are the target audience for this training.

Schedule at a Glance:

*Go to AGENDA page and click on the sessions for more in-depth details

Wednesday (May 5th): 8:00am - 5:00pm

Elizabeth Lowder, MSW, LCSW and Kim Martino- Sexton, NFC will present on:

Heartland Introduction 

Traditional Model of Care vs  The Heartland Protocol

The Components of the H.E.A.R.Tland Protocol: Hear, Empathize, Assess, Refer, Touchbase

Preventing Compassion Fatigue: Taking care of yourself as a helper 

Thursday (May 6th): 8:00am - 5:00pm 

Day 2 of the training focuses on our featured speakers. 

Medication Management presented by Dr. Melanie McKean, Reproductive Health Psychiatrist and D.O. with Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute

Dr. McKean will go in-depth about the most commonly used psychiatric medications for PMAD patients, red flags and warning signs to watch out for when working with moms who are taking medication, barriers to taking medications and more!

Good Moms Get PMAD Panel featuring Diana Aranda & Shawntanay Johnson, moms from St. Louis 

We’re getting real with real moms who have experienced PMAD including postpartum psychosis, postpartum anxiety and postpartum depression. They’ll bravely share their stories and answer questions from participants.

The First PPD Drug, Zulresso Infusion presented by April Phillips, Sage Therapeutics, llc  

Perinatal Loss: Providing Support After the Loss of a Baby presented by Patti Budnik, National SHARE

We’ll take a deep dive into how to most effectively support a mom or a parent who is walking through grief and loss. Topics include how to memorialize a loss, what to say to a grieving parent, issues related to complicated grief, etc.

When Maternal Health and Substance Use Disorder Converge: An Inside Look into the SSM WISH Center presented by Mona Rife, MSW, LCSW & Au’Junae DeLoney, MSW

Exploring the intersectionality of women at risk for PMAD and substance abuse. Learn how one extraordinary non-profit agency in St. Louis is handling this unique population.

Registration includes Admission, Training Materials, Door Prizes and a Virtual Gift Bag. All completed trainees will be listed on our national online registry of "Heartland Protocol" Approved Providers and receive a Certificate of Completion. All Trainees will also receive a free copy of Unimaginable: Life After Baby Loss by Brooke Taylor

Early Bird Pricing (Until 4/21/2021):

With CEs: $340 per person               No CEs: $325 per person

General Registration (After 4/21/2021):

With CEs: $390 per person               No CEs: $375 per person

Group Discounts are Available! 

Early Bird Pricing (Until 4/21/2020) - Groups of 3+ registering together:

With CEs: $315 per person               No CEs: $300 per person

General Registration Pricing (After 4/21/2020) -  Groups of 3+ registering together:

With CEs: $365 per person               No CEs: $350 per person

EXCLUSIVE Approved Provider Day 2 Ticket Available!

*You must be a Heartland Approved provider to purchase these tickets. 

Approved Provider Day 2 Only Ticket Pricing:

With CEs: $170 per person               No CEs: $155 per person

What is Heartland PMAD Consultants, LLC?

Heartland PMAD Consultants exists to consult and train healthcare and social service providers in innovative, effective, wraparound methods to address perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD). 

Their work with social service agencies, hospitals, OBGYN & pediatric practices across the nation can help everyone—from the front desk staff to the nursing team to physicians and administrators—understand how the Heartland Protocol, can 

improve the health of perinatal women

enhance patient retention

increase patient referrals

improve patient adherence to treatment recommendations


This interactive training will equip you and your entire organization with the skills and tools needed to best serve moms at risk for PMADs.

Training Topics include:

how to hold space for your clients

step-by-step empathy skills

comprehensive assessment measurements that are easy to use

multi-disciplinary referral techniques to make your agency run smoothly

differentiating between typical postpartum adjustment and clinical diagnoses

how societal expectations for motherhood are hurting our patients

understanding how diversity issues effect moms in the perinatal life stage

Guest speakers discussing medication management, Substance Use Disorder, and pregnancy and infant loss.

Panel discussion with real moms sharing their experiences with PMADs

The Heartland Protocol Training is ideal for social workers, nurses, physicians, psychologists, counselors, therapists, OB/GYN, doulas, childbirth educators, intake staff and anyone committed to bettering the health and wellness of moms and babies!


Meet the Trainers

As experts in perinatal mental health, Kim Martino-Sexton and Elizabeth Lowder are committed to supporting all moms everywhere by encouraging a person-centered, empathic, and inclusive approach to treatment . They provide coordinated, multi-disciplinary trainings and consultative engagements customized for each audience. Having worked for healthcare systems and advocated for moms, they know how it works—and it works best when we all work together.

Kim and Elizabeth have almost forty years combined experience working with women in the perinatal life stage in roles including peer advocate, doula, childbirth educator, case manager, therapist and social worker.

Featured Speakers

Melanie McKean, D.O., Ph.D.
Melanie McKean, D.O., Ph.D.
Medical Director of the Women's Reproductive Mental Health and Wellness Program at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
Patti Budnik, BSN, CPLC
Patti Budnik, BSN, CPLC
Bereavement Care Manager for Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support
Diana Aranda
Diana Aranda
Mother who has experienced PMAD
Aujunae Deloney, MSW
Aujunae Deloney, MSW
Social Worker – WISH Center
Mona Rife, MSW, LCSW
Mona Rife, MSW, LCSW
Perinatal Care Coordinator – WISH Center