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While motherhood is culturally perceived as a ‘happy’ period in life, there are several mental health conditions that may present during pregnancy and postpartum. These are identified under the term Perinatal Mood and Anxiety disorders (PMADs). Up to 1 in 5 women will suffer from a mental health disorder like postpartum depression and less than 15% will receive treatment. Given the social determinants of health affecting Latinx, they may be at a higher risk for developing symptoms. PMADs have an adverse effect on mothers, fathers/partners, mother–infant interactions, and infant outcomes, which makes early detection and treatment essential for the overall well-being of families. 


  1. Introduce and define concepts related to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs).
  2. Discuss the importance of increasing awareness of PMADs in general public and mental health professionals.
  3. Provide resources for clinicians and other mental health service providers that might be helpful in the provision of culturally responsive mental health services during the perinatal period.

Presenter: Marianela Rodríguez, PhD, PMH-C 


Si bien la maternidad se percibe culturalmente como un período "feliz" en la vida, existen varias condiciones de salud mental que pueden presentarse durante el embarazo y el posparto. Estos se identifican bajo el término Trastornos Perinatales del Estado de Ánimo y la Ansiedad (PMAD, por sus siglas en inglés). La data indica que 1 de cada 5 mujeres sufrirá un trastorno de salud mental como la depresión posparto y menos del 15% recibirá tratamiento. Considerando los determinantes sociales de la salud que afectan a los latines, puede haber un mayor riesgo de desarrollar síntomas en comunidades latines. Los PMAD tienen un efecto adverso en las madres, los padres/parejas, las interacciones madre-hijo y los el desarrollo infantil, lo que hace que la detección temprana y el tratamiento sean esenciales para el bienestar general de las familias. 


  1. Introducir y definir conceptos relacionados a los trastornos perinatales del estado de ánimo y ansiedad (PMADs).
  2. Discutir la importancia de aumentar la conciencia sobre los PMAD en el público en general y en los profesionales de la salud mental.
  3. Proporcionar recursos para los médicos y otros proveedores de servicios de salud mental que puedan ser útiles en la prestación de servicios de salud mental culturalmente sensitivos durante el período perinatal.

Presentadora: Marianela Rodríguez, PhD, PMH-C  


Nurturing Mentoring Relationships among Hispanic and Latine Behavioral Health Trainees and Providers- Q&A Sessio


Closed Captions available in English.

Presentation Slides

Presentation slides.

This training explored the development of disparities in the US and their impacts on marginalized and racialized communities. Utilizing a social justice framework the participants will learn about building health 

equity, cultural humility, and community engagement. This training centered the Enhanced CLAS Standards, Cultural Self-Assessments and other tools designed to improve services and eliminate health 



In this presentation, participants will explore the intricate landscape of teenage dating violence within Hispanic and Latine communities. Attendees will uncover the cultural nuances that influence relationship dynamics, including traditional values and gender roles. Throughout the session, participants will learn to recognize warning signs, both behavioral and physical, specific to this demographic, while addressing the unique barriers that prevent individuals from reporting abuse. The presentation will delve into effective therapeutic approaches grounded in cultural competence, such as trust-building communication, collaborative family therapy, and empowering education.

Fact Sheet

Teenage dating violence constitutes a grave concern among Latine adolescents. Comprehensive research sheds light on the prevalence, risk determinants, and outcomes associated with this issue. An exploration of these findings is important to work with Hispanic and Latine teens in the realm of relationships.

Presentation Slides

Presentation slides from the 1/25/2024 webinar on diverse identities Hispanic and Latino populations.