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Best Practices: An Integrative Approach to Optimizing Maternal Mental Well-Being

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 | 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT

Approximately 10-15% of women experience depression during pregnancy and postpartum periods. Maternal depression can have lifelong catastrophic effects for the mother, her children, and the family unit. An integrative approach to treatment of maternal depression is vital to the health and well-being of the woman and her loved ones.

In this webinar, Dr. Valerie Kading will discuss how healthcare providers are in the optimal position to address maternal mental health needs and prevent the disastrous effects of maternal depression. Dr. Kading will also explore the benefits of screening and various evidence-based modalities instrumental for maternal mental wellness.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the prevalence and significance of maternal depression
  • Discuss the impact of maternal depression on offspring, family, and the mother
  • List various integrative modalities of evidence-based treatment for maternal depression
  • Explain the healthcare provider's role in screening, treatment, and referral

CEU Information

The Association for the Addiction Professionals - NAADAC

This course has been approved by Vendome Group, LLC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider # 993121, Vendome Group LLC is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 85,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members and its 47 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support.

Valerie Kading, DNP, MSN
Director of Medical Operations
Sierra Tucson

Valerie M. Kading, DNP, MSN, serves as the Director of Medical Operations for Sierra Tucson, focusing on enhancing medical system operations and management to facilitate exceptional patient care.

Prior to joining Sierra Tucson, Dr. Kading practiced as a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for 10 years in a community mental health clinic, working with patients with various mood disorders and co-occurring substance abuse diagnoses. She worked collaboratively with the executive leadership team in a supervisory administrative role, to implement an innovative medical model developing new procedures for nurses and medical assistants, and addressing the needs of patients and medical providers. Valerie specializes in working with perinatal women experiencing psychiatric illness, and continues to be clinically involved with this special population through the Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition.

Dr. Kading graduated with honors from New Mexico State University in 2016 with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Her doctoral studies focused on optimizing health care systems and policies, translational methods and evidence based practice, health care organization innovation, epigenetics, utilization of informatics in healthcare, and interdisciplinary collaboration.