Exclusive WisdomWay PPD and PAD Course: Mind of a Parent

Understanding trauma, stress, and emotional health with Mindful Caregiving

Mind of a Parent is a 12-hour online course where health professionals will explore the science of PPD, PAD, and other mood disorders and emotional challenges experienced by new families through the framework of the Compass of Mindful Caregiving.


At WisdomWay, we believe it's important to address the wellbeing of health professionals. We value safety, respect, equity, and compassion for the professional and the patient.

There have been numerous reports of physician burnout, medical error, and patient requests for greater compassion. Compassion and respect in healthcare influences outcomes in profound ways.

According to MedScape's National Physician Burnout, Depression & Suicide Report 2019, 44 percent of physicians feel burnout. The study describes burnout as "long-term, unresolvable job stress that leads to exhaustion and feeling overwhelmed, cynical, detached from job, and lacking a sense of personal accomplishment." In another study, 43 percent of nurses experienced emotional exhaustion. On top of that, in 2013, medical error was found to be the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

How can we address these challenges?

A comprehensive study revealed patients rank compassion as one of their greatest healthcare needs. Plus in a meta-analysis of 52 studies, 75 percent of patient outcomes showed improvement when physicians study compassion. When we practice compassion, we increase emotional and physical wellbeing for ourselves and others.

Mindfulness-based programs prove effective in helping reduce stress and increase self compassion and compassion toward others. Growing evidence shows the effectiveness of mindfulness on reducing stress for healthcare workers and those experiencing physical and mental health challenges.


You'll understand the social and emotional context surrounding the development of PPD, PAD, baby blues, and other emotional health concerns. We'll discuss the impact of stress and trauma on mood and relationships. Explore cultural competency with self-awareness and interactive live sessions. Learn how to approach care through a relationship-centered methodology. Our approach is grounded in the Compass of Mindful Caregiving.

In this course, you'll gain:

  • A core understanding of perinatal, post-adoption and second parent mental health, mood disorders, and differential diagnosis.
  • An opportunity to explore transectionality as it impacts health variables, mental health, and mental health beliefs and perspectives.
  • An understanding of the role stress, trauma, and physiological changes have on mood and emotional health as well as how these impact relationships, communication, and health behaviors.
  • A foundation of trauma stewardship.
  • Frameworks for shared decision-making that incorporate evidence-based treatment components, medical management, home-based interventions, complementary care, personal spirituality, and indigenous healing.
  • Gain insight from primary care providers, mental health practitioners, lactation professionals, complementary medicine, social supports, in-home mentors, and family caregivers.

Improve outcomes. Prevent burnout. Cultivate compassionate and equitable relationships.

What is the Compass of Mindful Caregiving?

The Compass of Mindful Caregiving explains the four most important concepts in caregiving: Skills and Knowledge, Compassion, Right Relationship, and Partnering.

It is the framework that supports relationship-centered care, trauma stewardship, anti-bias/anti-oppression in health care systems. It also helps prevent compassion fatigue and burnout while helping you build a sustainable career.

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WisdomWay provides a path for mindful and sustainable healthcare.

This approach to Relationship-Centered Care was developed by WisdomWay Institute's Founder Karen Laing who has spent years working in maternal and family health. 

As a clinician and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction instructor, she has combined her healthcare & integrative health coaching training, her experience in patient advocacy, and a refined attention to awareness and compassion practices. The result is a method based in science and aimed at creating authentic, compassion-fueled relationships with clients/patients that are grounded in respect, trust and shared decision-making.  

She understands the value of maintaining an evidence-based practice and will teach you how mindfulness helps remove barriers as well as supports you to act in the moment with your patients' best interest in mind and for your own health and wellbeing.