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This skills building workshop is intended for professional practitioners who provide care and treatment to childbearing women and their families. Speakers will present on topics related to Perinatal Mood and Substance Use Disorders. This program is at the intermediate level and participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of working with women with Perinatal Mood and Substance Use Disorders including definitions, signs and symptoms and risk factors.

June 6, 2017
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Crowne Plaza-Cherry Hill
2349 W. Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ  08002

Early Bird Registration Fee: $65
Registration Fee After May 24th: $72
(fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and continuing education certificate)

Pre-registration is required. 

Target Audience: Addiction Specialists, Case Managers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Nurses and Social Workers


Discuss the ethical considerations and effective treatment solutions in delivering care outside the traditional brick and mortar office walls for Perinatal Mood and Substance Use Disorders; describe currents trends in implementing web-based and telehealth services; identify the important role of ethics in cyber treatment; discuss the legislation in the state of NJ related to telehealth and web-therapy; discuss evidence-based engagement and screening tools for perinatal substance use disorders; recognize the importance of appropriate assessment for obstetric and neonatal risk; review available medical treatment options for opioid and other substance use disorders in pregnancy; describe the evidenced-based MomMoodBooster™ program; discuss how the MomMoodBooster™ program is being used with postpartum depressed women veterans; define the role of the behavioral health therapist in the Primary Care or OB/GYN office; recognize the connection between adverse childhood experiences, maternal health and pregnancy outcomes; and explain the benefits of integrated behavioral health and maternal health and pregnancy outcomes.


Allan Tepper, JD, PsyD is an Attorney at Law and a licensed Psychologist. He is in private practice as a forensic psychologist and attorney, specializing in the representation of mental health professionals in licensing board and disciplinary proceedings, criminal law and civil matters.

Kaitlan Baston, MD, MSc is a Family Physician and Addiction Medicine Specialist. She is the Medical Director of the Addiction Medicine Program within the Urban Health Institute at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey

Michael W. O'Hara, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. He is a Professor and Director of Clinical Training at the University of Iowa. Dr O’Hara has done extensive research in areas related to postpartum depression and an internationally-recognized lecturer and expert in postpartum depression.

Elana Dobrowolski, MSW, LCSW, LCADC is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Addictions Specialist. She is the Program Director and Clinician in Meridian Primecare. She is the facilitator of the Postpartum Support group at Meridian Counseling Services, LLC in Cherry Hill and Sewell, New Jersey.

Kathryn Pillion, MSW, LCSW is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is an experienced clinician in perinatal mood and substance use disorders and is a therapist in Meridian Primecare, the integrated behavioral health program at Meridian Counseling Services, LLC in Cherry Hill and Sewell, New Jersey.


8:30 AM -  Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM -  Welcome
9:15 AM -  Ethical Considerations: Delivering High Touch Services in a High Tech World – Allan Tepper, JD, PsyD
10:30 AM - Break
10:45 AM - An Evidence-Based Approach to Perinatal Substance Use Disorders – Kaitlan Baston, MD, MSc 
12:00 PM - Lunch
12:45 PM - MomMoodBooster™ for Postpartum Depressed Women Veterans – Michael W O’Hara, PhD
2:00 PM -   'What... A Therapist at my PCP’s office?: Integrating Behavioral Health Into the Primary Care Setting – Elana Dobrowolski, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, QCSW, BCD and Kathryn Pillion, MSW, LCSW
3:15 PM -  Summary and Evaluation
3:30 PM -  Adjourn 


Pre-registration is required to receive a continuing education certificate.

Nurses:  Participants who complete 100% of program and complete an evaluation will receive 5.25 nursing contact hours by the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative. No partial credit will be given. Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider Number: 106-1-16-19. Approval Number: 3-17-1

Social Workers: Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): General Social Work Practice 3.75 Ethics 1.25. This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #124 Course #1424 from 5/4/2017 to 5/4/2019.

Addiction Specialists: This course has been approved by the Certification Board of New Jersey, Inc. for 5.0 LCADC, CADC, CPAS, CPS recertification credit hours.


In an effort to conserve our resources, presentation handouts will be posted here one week prior to the workshop for view or download. No paper handouts will be provided at the event.


The Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative reserves the right to cancel the workshop due to low registration or inclement weather. Registrants will be notified of cancellation via email.

For refund and/or ADA requests, please contact Omaira Salas at


Each grievance/complaint is addressed on an individual basis by the conference planning committee members. Participants may contact Susan Ellis Murphy at Participants seeking Social Work CE credits may register complaints with the approval entity with an option to appeal to their licensing Board if an attendee is displeased with the results of the process.


No conflicts of interest is present for speakers, planning committee members or content reviewers.


If you have questions regarding this offering or experience difficulty with registration, contact Omaira Salas at 856-665-6000 or

This offering is sponsored by:

Postpartum Wellness Logo
Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project