Professional Training Module Descriptions

Introduction:  The Health Model: Establishing Safety within and without, learning from the inside out.  This training is designed to build skills for grounding, tracking, supporting and resourcing self and others, always finding our way to the original blueprint for health.  Participants will be introduced to pre and perinatal psychology and attachment through the lifespan.  We will build therapeutic verbal, somatic and emotional skills to support self and clients to resource and connect with the health that is always present.  This model emphasizes developing the structure and support for safe therapeutic exploration, staying connected to adult resources so integration can occur.  Participants will establish the skills of connection with healthy boundaries, differentiation, and somatic tracking of sensations and emotions. We will develop tools for working with belief systems, claiming disowned parts of the self and creating dialogue and integration between these parts.

Module I Attachment:

This module covers the attachment process from the preconception through age 2. Primary themes are connection/separation. The new understanding of interpersonal neurobiology and the development of emotional and social intelligence through attunement and resonance are central. We will look at child and adult attachment styles and experience specific processes for resourcing, resolving and re patterning attachment issues in infants, children and adults. 

Module II PreConception/Conception Journey:

The embryology and imprinting in this period is delineated and related to attachment, self and co regulation. We will further develop skills of orienting, tracking and titrating autonomic nervous system cycling, fluid tide dynamics, modulating therapeutic pace, recognizing the therapeutic leading edge. We will continue to work with establishing healthy differentiation and connection within boundary structure.

Module III Birth Imprinting:

This module includes the vaginal birth process, birth stages, pelvic types, cranial molding, birth movement patterns and an introduction to complications. Trainees will explore their own birth passage.

Module IV Chemical And Surgical Imprinting:

Chemical imprinting includes prenatal drug exposure, anesthesia, analgesics and induction drugs during birth. Surgical imprinting includes forceps, vacuum extraction. cesarean section and prenatal and infant surgery. The effects of surgical and chemical imprinting on prenates' and babies' psyches, movement patterns, physical structure, energy patterns and the central nervous systems will be explored. Specific treatment protocols will be delineated.

Module V Double Binds:

This module covers life/death/loss and other double bind imprints.  Double bind imprints create the most complicated dynamics in the pre and perinatal field. They amplify practitioner transference/countertransference issues and complication for facilitating groups and families.  The earlier modules are designed to build the trainees’ understanding, perception, presence and therapeutic skills so that they are more prepared to explore the effects of double binds in effective and compassionate ways. 

We will focus on ancestral influences, twin dynamics and twin loss. Ancestral influences on individuation are explored to differentiate twin and ancestral imprinting and expand the connection to the original blueprint.  Twin embryonic and placental development are correlated with twin behavior later in life, whether a person is a singleton or a twin.  

Module VI Pregnancy Loss, Abortion, Assisted Reproductive Technologies:

This module focuses on losses from pregnancy and the impacts on the family dynamics.  The skills for facilitating double bind dynamics are further developed and refined in this module. 

Module VII Adoption And Prematurity:

The NICU experience is a huge experience for every member of the family and is difficult to get back to the healthy blueprint without support.  This is also true of the adoption experience, be it newborn or in later childhood. 

Module VIII Couples Work From An Attachment Perspective:

We will work with the patterns that people with different attachment styles create, including patterns within couple relationships. We will study the adult attachment style interactive nature of couple and other adult relationships, as in work, or small process oriented group work. Early developmental imprints will be considered, and there will be a preparatory project on relationship patterns. 

Module IX Family And Group Dynamics:

This module is designed to transition the practitioner from foundation skill building into a model for family and small group practice.  We will cover the structural components for a process session both with adults in a process workshop and with families in an infant/child centered family setting.

Each trainee will give and receive a supervised process session in a small group setting.  

Module x Sand Tray And Expressive Arts In Pre And Perinatal Psychology:

Trauma experiences during the primal and later preschool periods don't just go away, they burrow deeper and deeper and children or adults ‘cope’. Through the expressive arts we can support child or adult to find meaning, emotional relief and hope. Sand tray is a deep, primal method which doesn't require any artistic skill where unconscious material can be revisited in a modulated way, and be expressed.  Often children or adults are ‘developmentally delayed emotionally” even in their expression through art but sand play bypasses this.  Often two or more expressive arts support awareness and enhance relationships.