This month in the Classwomb, we are pleased to feature two really great PPN educators, Marti Glenn, PhD, and Thomas Verny, MD as they lay out the details of epigenetics for you. We are very excited for you to grasp the language and the stories in these teachings. Epigenetics and neuroscience support the PPN paradigm, and offer real practical as well as theoretical tools for students, practitioners, parents, and communities. Here are their descriptions.
September 14 with Marti Glenn, PhD, 9 am PT, noon ET, 5 pm GMT
How to Utilize the Latest Research in Epigenetics, Polyvagal Theory and Neuroscience
to Further Your Work in Pre and Perinatal Psychology
We in pre and perinatal psychology (PPN) are standing at an open door of increasing opportunity. Just outside our door are a number of sciences that are asking the question, “How early do the effects we are seeing begin? What would be the most effective prevention?” And, in tandem with those questions, “What can be done after the fact to heal the effects of adverse experiences?” Research from neuroscience, epigenetics, polyvagal theory, attachment and trauma are looking earlier and earlier for the causes and prevention of childhood developmental delays, social and emotional difficulties, as well as physical well being throughout the lifespan. Also, currently in the limelight is an ever increasing body of research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) that clearly demonstrates direct correlations between our early experiences and physical and emotional health on every level.
This presentation will highlight the importance of some of these discoveries and give us new directions and skills for opening doors and increasing our influence and effectiveness across all PPN professions.
September 21 with Thomas Verny, MD, 9 am PT, noon ET, 5 pm GMT
Epigenetics is the study of changes in gene activity that do not alter the genes themselves but still get passed down to at least one successive generation.
Key Take Aways
- An individual's adult physical and mental health is heavily influenced by early prenatal environmental factors affecting the mother.
- Epigenetic alterations can be inherited and may be potentially reversible.
- The unborn child will adjust as best it can to the external environment they are going to encounter upon birth by way of epigenetic changes.
- At least parts of the changed genetic code can be passed on to future generations.
- Genes don’t make you who you are. Gene expression does. And gene expression varies depending on the life you live.
- Gene activity cranks up or spins down in response to changes in your environment.
- Our social lives, our interactions with others and ourselves can change our gene expression with a rapidity, breadth, and depth previously unknown.
- The epigenetic imperative—nothing is fixed, everything is in flux.
- If you want to have healthy children live healthy.
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