PSI CT Perinatal Support Group Facilitator Training

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Saturday April 28, 2018, From 8:30am—12:30pm (Sign in begins 8:00am)  Location:  Visiting Nurses Association (VNA)
                                       403 North Frontage Road
                                       Waterford, CT 06385 

This perinatal group facilitator retreat and training welcomes all interested in leading maternal support groups and increasing knowledge of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs).

  • Understand the benefits of support groups for all women in the perinatal period and specifically women struggling with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Get Tools for developing, growing and sustaining a support group
  • Learn Techniques for clinical and interpersonal challenges in groups
  • A Hands-on, experiential view of a support group
  • Overview of diagnostic criteria for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders symptoms

Cost is $40 or $30 for PSI/PSI CT Members * CEUs from NASW/CT
Doulas will receive a certificate appropriate for CEU submission.

For questions, please contact Annie Keating Scherer, LCSW (PSI CT Support Groups Committee Chairwoman) 860-212-7066 or

A Report on the Value of Perinatal Support Groups :

Fox 61 Mommy Minute: Increased Effort in Connecticut to Change Stigma Associated with Postpartum Depression (perinatal support groups)


PSI-CT’s First Annual Celebration & Member Appreciation Event! 

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What an enchanted evening! About 60 attendees enjoyed an excellent buffet dinner with drinks, live music by our own Adam Scherer, and participated in raffles for 25 items and services while mingling with other perinatal advocates from across Connecticut. The highlight of the evening was our speaker, Lauren Shrage, who attended with her sister Jenna Garry and shared the story of their family’s painful loss of sister Kara Kovlakas to Postpartum Depression. The power of their story strengthened perinatal advocate attendees’ resolve to work harder to fulfill PSI-CT’s mission of increasing awareness, prevention, and treatment for perinatal wellbeing throughout Connecticut.  

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Sharon Thomason, our President, spoke about the power of our stories, knowledge, and collaboration to provide resilience for PSI-CT as we weave the strong web of support for the families of Connecticut. Reminding attendees of PSI-CT’s story, she celebrated our beginnings, imagined our future possibilities, and expressed gratitude for each and every contribution by members, volunteers, and board members. Perinatal advocate left celebrating our accomplishments, dreaming  and resolved to collaborate for an even more powerful PSI-CT! (For more photos, go to Postpartum Support International Connecticut Chapter’s Facebook page)

PSI-CT Thanks Everyone who made this fabulous event possible!

Thanks! Annieshalameisharaffle  JenBMomPamela     


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Training Faculty: Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA | Pec Indman, EdD, MFT Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN | Jeanne Watson Driscoll, PhD, PMHCNS-BC

This two-day course to learn about the assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders, was a huge success! Almost 120 trainees from all over Connecticut and the Northeast received excellent training and left inspired to help perinatal families!

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2017 Events

Connecticut Women’s Expo 2017

We provided information about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), PSI-CT, and How YOU can make a difference!

Fundraiser at Pastrami on Wry!

 October 18th, 7am-9pm

10% of  purchases were donated to PSI-CT! We raised $100 and had a table at the restaurant all day with information about PSI-CT and Perinatal Anxiety and Mood Disorders (PMADs), so this event increased awareness as well! If you are interested in volunteering to help with future event like this, contact Cory Bernard at

Climb Out of Darkness: June 24th

PSI-CT’s first awareness and fundraising “Climb Out of Darkness” hike on June 24th, near the summer solstice, was a huge success. This event is the largest international fundraising event for perinatal advocacy and this year, PSI-CT was proud to participate with a very moving and empowering hike at Talcott Mountain State Park. Passionate perinatal advocates from Connecticut raised over $3000 to help empower PSI and the Connecticut chapter to fulfill its mission of promoting awareness, prevention, and treatment for perinatal wellbeing throughout Connecticut!

Support Group Facilitator Training: March 2017

PSI-CT designed and presented a full day workshop training for facilitating support perinatal support groups, which was very successful! More than 60 attendees learned the  basics of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), the “nuts and bolts” of beginning a support group and safety, confidentiality, and limitations of support group considerations. Since receiving this training, more than six additional support groups were added to our “support net” across the state! Another training is being planned for April of 2018, stay tuned!