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

June 2, 2016
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Cumberland County College, Luciano Conference Center
3322 College Drive, Vineland, NJ 08360

COST:  $35.00 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and continuing education certificate
Registration Deadline: May 19, 2016
Please register early due to limited seating.

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


Designed to expand the knowledge of professionals with a basic knowledge of Perinatal Mood and Substance Abuse Disorders. This workshop covers 12 objectives oriented around topics such as how stress and stigma affect the health of individuals with perinatal mood and substance abuse issues, how motivation and coaching facilitate change, the role of a Women’s Health psychiatrist on an interdisciplinary healthcare team and the use of mindfulness-based skills contribute to patient wellness. By participating in this workshop, professionals will take away valuable information about regional resources and applicable treatment models.  

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Veronica L Ford, PhD
Program Manager
Family Service Association
Absecon, NJ

Rachel Shmuts, DO
Assistant Clinical Faculty
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Women’s Mental Health Clinic
Cherry Hill, NJ

Diane G Sanford, PhD
Midwest Mind Body Health Center
St. Louis, Missouri


8:30 AM -  Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM -  Welcome
9:15 AM -  “The Impact of Stigma in the Treatment of New Mothers with Substance Use Disorders: A Mindful Approach to Service Engagement" – Veronica L. Ford, PhD
0:30 AM - Break
10:45 AM - “The Psychiatric Approach to Assessment and Treatment of Perinatal Mood Disorders" – Rachel Shmuts, DO
12:00 PM - Lunch
12:45 PM - “C.A.L.M. MOM: An Innovative Mindfulness-Based Treatment Program" – Diane G. Sanford, PhD
3:45 PM -  Summary and Evaluation 
4:00 PM -  Adjourn


Nurses: Participants who complete the full day program will receive 5.75 Nursing Contact Hours by the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative. No partial credit will be given.

Social Workers: Social workers will receive five and one half (5.5) non-clinical continuing education hours for participating in this course.

This course, The Path To Wellness: Effective Treatment Approaches For Moms with Perinatal Mood and Substance Use Disorders, Approval #162902-442, provided by Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative, is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ.  CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: May 9, 2016 through August 31, 2016.

Addictions Specialists: LCADC, CADC, CPAS, CPS: The Certification Board, Inc. Application has been made to award 5.5 recertification credit hours.

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 Credentialling Center's Commission on Accreditation Provider number: 106-1-16-19. Approval Number: 2-16-1.


In an effort to be green, presentations will not be printed, but instead will be available online a week in advance. You will receive an email when they are available.


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.

Full refund is provided if notice of cancellation is received within 72 hours of program; 50% within 36 hours. Please email notice of cancellation to Patti Waring at


Please contact conference organizers regarding special requests and accommodations:
Susan Ellis Murphy
856-675-5292 or

Quinn Ingemi
856-675-5310 or


Each grievance/complaint will be addressed on an individual basis by the conference planning committee. Participants can contact Susan Ellis Murphy 856-675-5292 or


The faculty and planners have no vested interest in the content of the continuing nursing education activity to disclose. No commercial support was provided for the continuing nursing education activity. No non-FDA approved information will be presented.

This Offering is sponsored by:

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Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project