Michigan Model

DBT for Pregnancy

& Postpartum

New Training Opportunity!

Event Description

Michigan Model DBT-Pregnancy and Postpartum is a 20-week group intervention for at-risk mothers created by Katie Bresky, LMSW, Natalie Burns, LMSW, Maria Muzik, MD, MSc, and Kate Rosenblum, PhD, ABPP and based on the works of Marsha Linehan, PhD. It is a treatment approach that is well suited to honor biological, environmental, mood and interpersonal changes present in the perinatal period. The treatment incorporates several evidence-based therapies including DBT, Strong Roots concepts, Interpersonal psychotherapy and Infant Parent Psychotherapy and is rooted in trauma informed principles.  

DBT-PP is accessible, supportive, and sensitive to the unique needs of women during the perinatal period, teaching concrete therapeutic skills that target frequent areas of difficulty in the perinatal period. We focus on mood regulation and coping skills that promote mothers’ mental health, peer support, parenting competence, and parent-child relationships. DBT-PP ultimately seeks to prevent recurrence of mental health episodes in mothers and the inter-generational transmission of risk and trauma to their children.  

With the training we will provide participants the opportunity to explore ways to successfully build the curriculum into their practice, in both group and individual settings. It serves as an overview to The Michigan Perinatal DBT Model and will include the core curriculum training manual, a review of the four core modules as well as client/patient handouts.  

Each participant will receive 16 hours of training, be provided with an electronic copy of the finalized manual and patient handouts as well as a basic child group curriculum that you may run concurrently to support childcare and therapeutic needs of the family.  

The Four Core Modules include: 

  • Mindful Parenting 
  • Mood Regulation 
  • Communication and Support 
  • Stress Management  

Each of these core modules runs for 4 weeks and follow a 1-week orientation session where the clinician provides information on the psychoeducation of Perinatal Mood Disorders, Defining DBT and building commitment strategies and an introduction to Biosocial Theory.  

You will also have access to 8 asynchronous learning modules that are a foundational element of learning DBT-PP. These include the following:  

  • Basic concepts in DBT-PP 
  • Strong Roots Concepts 
  • DBT-PP Core Skills 
  • Trauma and Mindfulness in the Perinatal period 
  • Suicidality in the Perinatal Period 
  • Relational Health: Monitoring the Relationship 
  • Reflective Capacity and Consultation Team 
  • Anti-Racist and Diversity Informed Practice

JANURARY 12-14, 2022

12:00 – 5:00 PM

Registration is Closed


Mental health and health

practitioners interested in providing support to families


Virtual Format


$1250 per person

$900 for groups of 5-9

$700 for groups of 10+


December 17, 2021

Registration is capped at 50 participants.