The Heartland Protocol:

Perinatal Mental Health 2-Day Certificate Virtual Training

Date: May 04 – 05, 2022

Over the course of two days, perinatal mental health experts Elizabeth Stallone-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 life stage 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.

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” Providers and receive a Certificate of Completion

Ticket options:

Early Bird Pricing In-Person/Virtual (Ends 3/18/2022):

With CE’s: $340 per person               No CE’s: $325 per person

General Registration

(In-Person Ends 4/18/22, Virtual Ends 4/27/22)

With CE’s: $390 per person               No CE’s: $375 per person

Group Discounts

Early Bird Pricing for Groups (Ends 3/18/2022) – Groups of 3+ registering together:

With CE’s: $315 per person               No CE’s: $300 per person

General Registration Pricing for Groups 

(In-Person Ends 4/18/22, Virtual Ends 4/27/22) –  Groups of 3+ registering together:

With CE’s: $365 per person               No CE’s: $350 per person

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2022 Agenda TBA, see below for example from 2021


May 5th  Day 1

7:45 am – 8:00 am Zoom Meeting link opens for participants to join

8:00 am – 10:00 am Heartland Introduction by Kim Martino-Sexton NFC & Elizabeth Stallone-Lowder MSW, LCSW

10:00 am – 10:15 am BREAK

10:15 am – 10:30 am Traditional Model of Care as Compared to The Heartland Protocol

10:30 am – 11:30 am H – HEAR

Learning the Importance of holding space, being present and more effectively serving our patients

11:30 am – 12:15 pm  LUNCH BREAK (on your own)

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm E – EMPATHIZE

Skills training focusing on how to more effectively communicate with patients based on cutting edge research

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm A – ASSESS

Reviewing current assessment tools as well as exploring the concept of a thorough assessment process

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm BREAK

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm R- REFER

Learning how to connect patients to local resources in a way that helps and doesn’t overwhelm

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm T – TOUCHBASE

Recommendations for follow-up protocols that reduce patients’ risk of PMAD

3:30 pm  – 4:30 pm Preventing Compassion Fatigue: Taking care of yourself as a helper

4:30pm-5:00pm Q and A, Wrap-Up

May 6th Day 2

7:45 am – 8:00 am Zoom Meeting link opens for participants to join

8:00 am – 8:30 am Day 2 Opening

Elizabeth Stallone-Lowder MSW LCSW & Kim Martino-Sexton NFC

  8:30 am – 10:00 am “Medication Management”

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!

10:00 am – 10:10 am BREAK

10:10 am – 11:40 am “Good Moms Get PMAD Panel”

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.

11:40 am – 12:40 pm   Working Lunch (presentation starts at noon)

“The First PPD Drug, Zulresso Infusion”

April Phillips, Sage Therapeutics, llc

12:40 pm – 12:50 pm:BREAK

12:50 pm –   2:20 pm  “Perinatal Loss: Providing Support After the Loss of a Baby”

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.

2:20 – 2:40 pm Check-In & Reflection

2:40 pm – 3:40 pm “When Maternal Health and Substance Use Disorder

Converge: An Inside Look into the SSM WISH Center”

 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

3:40 pm – 5:00 pm Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

Inclusion on Heartland’s online registry

The next quarterly Approved Provider Gathering Event dates

4th Annual Heartland Protocol Training 2022 dates!

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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
  • In depth Q & A about psycho-pharmaceutical interventions for women with PMADs including infusion methods.
  • Panel discussion with other experts in the field of PMAD

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 Stallone-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 over 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.

Additional Featured Speakers will be announced – stay tuned!

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