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Rural Maternal Mental Health Training Program

CHI Health and Creighton University are bringing you learning opportunities for the growth and care of your communities.

Maternal depression is one of the most common obstetric complications that often goes undiagnosed and untreated, increasing the risk of long-term negative impact on the physical, emotional, and developmental health of both the mother and baby. Family practice physicians are uniquely positioned to assess, treat and refer patients experiencing maternal mental health conditions. Register for this two-part training series to understand current evidence, best practices and resources for patients.

This training is intended for: Physicians/ Physician Assistants, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses/ Nurses, Residents and Fellows.

Register via the button below. Zoom link will be sent in advance of the training.

April 18th Session - Perinatal Mental Health Overview: Prevalence, Screening and Diagnosis

Time: 12 - 1 p.m. CT

Presenters: Ariadna Forray, MD and Sydney Carraher, DNP, APRN-NP, NNP-BC

Approved for 1 hour of CE


  1. Identify the different treatment options for mental health disorders in the perinatal period.
  2. Prepare an appropriate treatment plan, including the use of psychotropic medications for perinatal patients with depression or anxiety.
  3. Describe recommended screening practices for perinatal mental health screening. 
  4. Identify evidence-based screening tools.  
  5. Describe the benefits of screening during the perinatal period.

May 2nd Session - Management and Treatment of Mental Health Presentations in Pregnancy and Postpartum

Presenters: Dr. Ariadna Forray, MD and Kenneth McCartney, MHAL

Time: 12 - 1 p.m. CT

Approved for 1 hour of CE


  1. Identify the different treatment options for mental health disorders in the perinatal period.
  2. Prepare an appropriate treatment plan, including the use of psychotropic medications for perinatal patients with depression or anxiety.
  3. Identify psychiatric services available within your community/Nebraska.
  4. Discover how to submit a referral to a Psychiatric Provider as well as helpful documentation to support effective collaboration.

Speaker Profiles

Sydnie Carraher, DNP, APRN-NP, NNP-BC

Sydnie is the Program Administrator for the Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPQIC), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve delivery and access to evidence-based and equitable healthcare for all Nebraska mothers and newborns. She collaborates with Nebraska birthing facilities, community and state organizations, payers, legislators, and national partners to develop, implement, and evaluate quality improvement initiatives to improve perinatal outcomes. In addition to her role at NPQIC, she is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at CHI Health St Elizabeth in Lincoln.

Ariadna Forray, MD

Dr. Ariadna Forray is a reproductive psychiatrist that is board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. She is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. She received her B.A. in neuroscience from Bryn Mawr and her M.D. from Harvard. She completed her residency training in psychiatry at Yale and has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry since then. She is the Director of the Center for Wellness of Women and Mothers, a reproductive psychiatry research program. As a principal investigator and co-investigator on several NIH-funded grants, she has developed and implemented addiction treatment interventions for pregnant and postpartum patients. She is currently working on a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute study that is evaluating two models to help obstetrical providers deliver substance-use treatment to pregnant women with an opioid use disorder across 12 sites in Connecticut and Massachusetts. She also working on a National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities-funded randomized controlled trial examining the utility of attention retraining, administered on a mobile device, as an intervention to prevent smoking relapse in minority women. Clinically, Dr. Forray is a consultation-liaison psychiatrist at Yale New Haven Hospital where she is the Section Chief of Psychological Medicine. The Psychological Medicine Section encompasses traditional and proactive psychiatric consult services on medical and surgical inpatient units, and 14 integrated psychiatry and behavioral health programs in diverse medical and surgical outpatient settings. She is also co-chair of the Yale School of Medicine Minority Organization for Retention and Expansion, which seeks to accelerate the appointment and retention of underrepresented minority faculty members and enhance their professional environment.

Kenneth McCartney, MHAL

Ken McCartney is the current Division Director for Behavioral Ambulatory Services for CHI Health Midwest Division.  He has been employed with CHI Health for the past 21 years, all in Behavioral Health.  During his tenure at CHI Health he has worked in Quality as well as Regulatory Compliance prior to moving into Leadership positions overseeing Operations.  In his current role he oversees 150+ Behavioral Practitioners over a 4 state region and works closely with State and Community Stakeholders to identify gaps in Behavioral Services and to develop programming to meet these needs.  Ken's background is in Psychology and Biology with a Masters in Healthcare Administration Leadership as well as Six Sigma Certification.  When not working Ken loves to spend time with his 7 year old son and his husband of 22 years. Ken is very involved in his local community and sits on several Community Boards.  He is also the current President of NAMI Nebraska.