This 45-minute module introduces family support professionals to the importance of medication compliance and why pregnant and parenting women being treated for behavioral health or medical conditions may be noncompliant or misuse medications. It prepares service providers to recognize women who may be at risk for noncompliance or misuse of medications, develop a plan for referral, and support women with behavioral health or medical conditions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • identify the barriers and strategies for the use of medication treatment
  • describe the options for medication assisted treatment and the importance of this treatment
  • explain the risks and benefits of psychiatric medication use and medication-assisted treatment
  • describe current treatment guidelines as they apply to the treatment of depression and other psychiatric disorders during pregnancy
  • identify additional interventions to help women experiencing perinatal depression
  • discuss how prescription medications are important to pregnancies with comorbid conditions, and
  • give examples of service providers and resources and assist in making connections as appropriate