Explore the impact and practices of attachment & bonding, including development and interventions for families affected by Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) and birth trauma through an Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) lens.

Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) is a theory and practical working model which explores human development, attachment and trauma, and functioning as a product of the relationship between the body, mind and relationships. Also called relational neuroscience, IPNB describes how the brain/body and mind are developed throughout life, and how they function and change based on the interplay of neurophysiology in the context of relationships.



IPNB of Perinatal Mood Disorders and Birth Trauma

If you already work with families with PMAD, you will gain additional skills and knowledge of IPNB that will help you expand your practice.

No prior IPNB or PMAD knowledge is required.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to define Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and apply IPNB concepts to perinatal social work.
  2. Participants will be able to recognize and identify a spectrum of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and the effect of birth trauma on the brain and nervous system of the mother.
  3. Participants will be able to describe the effect Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and birth trauma have on the attachment bonding process.
  4. Participants will be able to summarize how the child’s brain and nervous system are impacted by a caregiver who is experiencing Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders or birth trauma.
  5. Participants will be able to apply IPNB concepts to interventions used with caregivers experiencing Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders or birth trauma.

Who should enroll:

Private practice clinicians looking to expand their practice, Social Workers, Doulas, Behavioral Health Specialists, Peer Support Specialists, Lactation Consultants, and other healthcare professionals.

Course is taught by:

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Fawn McCool, LCSW

Fawn McCool is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Portland, Oregon. She received her  Masters of Social Work degree at California State University, Los Angeles in 2006. Her professional credentials include certification in Interpersonal Neurobiology through Portland State University.  Additionally, she has had the honor of presenting at several professional conferences focused on Behavioral Health counseling in Primary Care and School Based Health Centers.

As an LCSW, Fawn has worked in a variety of settings providing skilled trauma-informed services to families, women and children.  She also volunteers with Baby Blues Connection as a community educator, providing training on the mental health needs of parents in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Fawn loves and is committed to lifelong learning in service of adding value to her clients and community. 

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Questions? Contact Amy Evans.