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Scientific Program -- Bill Meyer #2
Saturday, January 30, 2021, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT
Category: Scientific Programs

"The Trials, Tolls, and Triumphs of Motherhood:

The Many Faces of Postpartum Depression"

with William S. Meyer, LCSW, BCD

Program Description
The new mother’s emotional well-being rests upon social, cultural, familial, and intrapsychic factors. This talk provides an overview of motherhood’s joys, and the various types of distress which women may experience in the postpartum period.  We will explore how the presence or lack of community and familial support can interface with the inner life of the mother, contributing to a woman's postpartum well-being or her postpartum distress. Treatment issues for mother and infant will be considered. This presentation is for mental health professionals and students, maternal and child healthcare providers, and interested members of the public.

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What:   Repeat Performance of December 5th Program  
When:   Saturday, January 30, 2021
Time:   11a.m. - 1p.m. Eastern time 
Where: Virtual via Zoom, link to be sent 1-2 days before program

Bill Meyer has designated this program to be a fundraiser for the PCC. There is no specified registration fee. Please make a donation that reflects your ability to pay. Your gifts to honor Bill will be matched by a generous donor.

Suggested Donation: $10-$100

CME credits: 2 / CE Credits: 2 / NBCC: 2 clock hours / All others: Letter of Attendance  
Social workers receive a letter of attendance documenting 2 hours of continuing education, which may not be accepted by all states to document continuing education credits.


About the Presenter:  William S. Meyer, MSW, BCD, is the Director of Training for Social Work and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Ob/Gyn at Duke University Medical Center. He practices in Duke’s high-risk obstetrics clinic and has taught and supervised social work interns and 3rd year psychiatry residents at Duke for over 30 years.

Working through Duke’s high-risk OB clinic, the women that Bill has evaluated or treated, number well into the thousands. During his decades at Duke, Bill - along with colleagues and students - facilitated a bi-weekly support group attended by hundreds of women experiencing perinatal distress. He now facilitates a support group for women who, for medical reasons, have terminated wanted pregnancies.

Bill holds faculty appointments at the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas, the University of North Carolina, and Smith College. He has taught the introductory course in psychoanalysis through the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas for more than 25 years. Bill has served on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Social Work and the Clinical Social Work Journal. He has lectured and published numerous clinical papers on a variety of mental health topics and brought particular attention to the painful history of psychiatry and the LGBT+ community.

Bill is a past-President of the national American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW) and founded the NC chapter of the AAPCSW. Through his collaborative leadership, three national AAPCSW conferences were held in Durham, NC. Bill is a former President of the NC Society for Clinical Social Work and was Secretary and Elected Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice.

Bill has received many prestigious awards for his teaching and clinical work, including Social Worker of the Year from the NC Society of Clinical Social Work (1998), the Heart of Social Work Award from the North American Field Educators and Directors of the Council On Social Work Education (1999), the Edith Sabshin Teaching Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association (2004), the Day-Garrett Award by the Smith College School for Social Work (2010), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (2011). In 2020, the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas presented Bill with the William S. Meyer Distinguished Teaching Award, created in his honor.

Bill Meyer is a learned person, a social work leader, and also a mensch. He is loved and respected by generations of students for his lucid presentation of complex psychoanalytic ideas and his generosity of spirit.

Leaning Objectives: By the end of the session, learners should be able to:

  1. Explain which external social and internal psychodynamic factors are most likely to increase or reduce the risk of postpartum depression.
  2. Compare and contrast the typical life circumstances and consequences of the mother who feels supported vs. the mother who does not.
  3. Identify possible clinical responses to the distressed postpartum mother.
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CE & CME Information:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6518. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

If you have special needs or want information about our cancellation policy, please contact the Programs Manager at 919-490-3212.


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