Women in Recovery Specialty Online Training Series, Part Four: Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and Mood Disorders in Postpartum Women

A Recorded Webinar

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Recorded on Friday, April 22, 2022 

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Substance use during and/or after pregnancy increased dramatically during the pandemic, putting women and their babies at risk. Substance use during or after pregnancy can lead to threats to the unborn or nursing infant, severe social stigma to the mother, and parental rights concerns. New mothers often feel compelled to keep their substance use hidden for fear of losing their child, thus making it difficult to properly diagnose and administer treatment. Additionally, untreated post-partum depression combined with untreated substance use can have long-term effects on the mother-child relationship and on the child’s developmental trajectory. If proper infant attachment is hindered, or substance use excessive, there can be many disabling conditions that result, leading to a generational problem. This workshop will support clinicians in diagnosing and treating these common co-morbid conditions (SUD and PPD) in women, as well as constructing a treatment plan and examining effective clinical strategies.


Lisa Seif, LCSW, LCAC, CSAMS, has a kaleidoscope of experience, expertise, and education around the health-related crisis of addiction, alcoholism, and depression/anxiety. Her supercharged talks are inspirational and educational. She has worked, trained, and consulted with people from Park Avenue to park bench. Seif has worked with students, faculty, coaches, and kids, as well as consulted with judges and executives. She has experience working with the homeless, helpless, and heartbroken. Seif brings 40 years of experience with her own recovery and guiding others to recovery. Presently, she is in private practice as a psychotherapist. A large part of her practice has consisted of work with both individuals and families suffering from addiction, alcoholism, and broken hearts.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to describe how substance use interacts with postpartum depression in two different ways. 
  • Participants will be able to assess in three different ways how clients can be at risk for substance use while presenting with postpartum depression.
  • Participants will be able to construct a treatment plan that includes at least four actions directed at resolving the substance use and improving depressive factors in postpartum mothers.
Content Level


  • Intermediate level courses provide information that builds on knowledge practitioners with some experience already have. These courses focus on skill-building or adding knowledge, possibly following a brief overview of basic information, and involve using information in concrete situations and understanding the underlying structure of the material.

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Receive 1.5 CEs for $25.

Earn 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEs)

A Certificate of Completion for 1.5 CEs is available by participating in this specialty online training and passing an online CE quiz. Those who successfully complete the full series and pass all six CE quizzes for this six-part series will be eligible to apply for the Certificate of Achievement for Women in Recovery in the Addiction Profession.

  1. Upon completing the webinar, you will have access to the CE quiz within the course you are taking. Find the CE quiz in the NAADAC Education Center and click on it.
  2. A score of 80% or higher is required to pass the CE quiz and access your CE certificate. You have 10 opportunities to pass the quiz. If you are unable to pass the quiz in the allocated number of tries, then you must retake the course.
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This course meets the qualifications for one and a half (1.5) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


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