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6 Hr Holding Training
An Introduction to The Art of Holding Perinatal Women in Distress™️

Virtual Course held via Zoom

About Our Training

Today an abundance of training opportunities exist for healthcare professionals seeking to specialize in the identification and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Karen Kleiman’s Art of Holding is a clinical approach rooted in psychoanalytic theory that integrates cognitive behavioral and mindfulness tools for relief from perinatal distress. The 6-Hour Introduction to The Art of Holding Perinatal Women in Distress™️ with Hilary Waller provides training in the basic tenets of the Holding Paradigm and instruction on how to integrate skills for The Six Holding Points into any form of maternal care practice.


This course is not a prerequisite for the 12hr advanced course with Karen Kleiman.

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish Karen Kleiman’s The Art of Holding Perinatal Women in Distress™ from other therapeutic approaches for treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

  • Integrate use of holding points and understanding of the Holding Paradigm to improve assessment of symptoms and develop rapport in consideration of perinatal specific resistance.

  • Apply holding skills to address perinatal specific losses in practice.

  • Utilize six holding points to reduce therapist reactivity during therapeutic sessions in consideration of implicit and explicit cultural and gender bias and ways perinatal stage is uniquely triggering for therapists.

Who Should Attend

This training is for health care providers including but not limited to: 

  • Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists

  • Psychologists

  • Physicians including Psychiatrists, OB/GYNs, and Pediatricians

  • Nurse Practitioners and Nurses

  • Midwives

  • Doulas

  • Lactation Consultants

  • Other professionals who work with perinatal parents

Ideally, participants will have some previous training in the field of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and/or experience working with perinatal patients.

Course Fees
  • $499 ** prices are in US Dollars **

CE Credits
  • Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Introduction to Karen Kleiman’s Art of Holding Perinatal Distress has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit (6 CE credits). The Postpartum Stress Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-4036.

  • This course is approved to meet Advanced Criteria for the Postpartum Support International PMH-C certification.

Course Instructor
  • Hilary Waller, MS LPC

Cancellation Policy
  • Any changes with registration must be made 30 days in advance of the training date with an administrative fee of $50.00.

  • 100% of your registration fee (minus $50 admin fee) can be transferred to a future training if changes occur prior to 30 days of your scheduled training date.

  • This credit will expire one (1) year from the date of the original training. Note that each participant is only entitled to one rescheduled registration.

  • All registrations are final within 30 days of the scheduled training date. No refunds or transfers will be issued if cancellation occurs within that timeframe.

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