- November 2: Orientation, technical issues, classroom questions and answers
- November 9: William Emerson and Emerson Pre and Perinatal Psychology Recapitulation Theory
- November 16: Michael Trout, MA and Supporting The Development Of A Coherent Narrative In Young Children Of Loss And Trauma:
A Strategy For Working With Families
- November 23: Somatic practice, student process, student presentation
More indepth descriptions of the lectures:
From William Emerson:
- For four decades, Dr. Emerson was curious and fascinated about the long term impacts of PPN experiences, whether they were traumatic, ecstatic, spiritual, or psychologic. Early in his career, extending to mid-career, Dr. Emerson thought that traumas would have direct impacts on life, and be similar in theme, context, and emotion. For example, he expected that forceps babies would have more headaches in life than non-forcep babies, because the forceps pain would recapitulate in the form of adult headaches. But lo and behold, he discovered that some forceps babies were headache-free in adult life, and had far less headaches than non-forceps babies, and wondered how that could be. Upon further examination, he discovered that instead of having headaches, forceps babies were genuine headaches to others, meaning that they would act in irresponsible or irritating ways, and would cause others to complain what headaches the forceps babies were, and would also report having unusual headaches themselves. This discovery lead Dr. Emerson on a long search, and a series of fascinating discoveries, subsumed under the title of recapitulations. With this theory in mind, it is possible to predict a broad range of behavioral impacts that occur from PPN traumas. The impacts of spiritual and ecstatic experiences will also be discussed. Come and enjoy this rich hour with a PPN elder and Psychologist.
- A coherent narrative is critical to giving one a sense of history, rootedness and continuity, even when life has been kind to us. We need a story—an internal working model—about why we are here, what it meant to others when we came, who took care of us, what people did and what they thought, and what happened to us. But prenates, infants and young children who experience prenatal, perinatal or early-childhood loss or trauma often have, at best, a garbled self-narrative, leaving much room for fantasy, for the development of conflicted internal working models, and for acting-out.This presentation will propose a clinical model for helping foster, adoptive and birth parents develop a series of stories that will fill in some of the blanks, and clarify some of the perceptions, allowing their children to work out more coherent stories of their early experiences.