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APPPAH is pleased to present a book chapter from Dancing with Yin and Yang by John Chitty, RPP, RCST® in our Professional Development Series. John is a polarity therapist, biodynamic craniosacral therapist and psychotherapist in Boulder, Colorado, USA. With Anna Chitty, he operates Colorado School of Energy Studies offering trainings in these modalities and related subjects, since 1992. He is author of the new book, Dancing with Yin and Yang, as well as co-author of Energy Exercises (1988). You can see more about his work with babies at his website. John is well known for his exact knowledge of the Polyvagal Theory, and Anna pioneers verbal skills for somatic therapists.
Anna and John offer a great series of classes at their school. Their pioneering work is unique in our community. Anna is now collaborating with Ray Castellino, DC (retired), RPP, RCST®, to offer Body Into Being, a fantastic new training in our PPN community that combines somatic approaches, energetic approaches, embryology and practitioner skills. Please enjoy these youtubes from their website, and we encourage you to purchase the Professional Development Course: Clinical Skills with PPN Masters, where you can these wonderful offers from the Chitty's.
Marti is Clinical Director and Partner at Quest Institute. A pioneering psychotherapist and educator for over 30 years, Marti has led intensive healing retreats for adults through Esalen, the STAR Foundation, Feathered Pipe Ranch, The Center for ReUniting Families and Entelechy Institute. She is founding President of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute known for its MA and PhD degrees in somatic psychology, prenatal and perinatal psychology, and clinical psychology. She also served as professor of clinical psychology, integrating affective neuroscience with attachment, early development, and trauma.
Marti has served on boards of a number of organizations and is particularly passionate about helping adults heal early trauma, build successful relationships and meaningful lives. As a recognized leader, Marti has chaired numerous professional conferences, including the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health and Neurons to Neighborhoods: Preventing and Healing Trauma in Children and Adults. She has written numerous professional articles and produced educational materials and media. She co-produced the broadcast quality documentary, Trauma, Brain, and Relationship: Helping Children Heal with Daniel Siegel and Bruce Perry and has appeared in such documentary films as What Babies Want; What Babies Know; Reducing Infant Mortality and Improving the Health of Babies.
She recently received the Thomas Verny Lifetime Achievement Award for her groundbreaking work in prenatal and perinatal psychology. Marti continues to train mental health professionals with a particular focus on “the healing relationship”, integrating the new research from the sciences of epigenetics, polyvagal theory, affective neuroscience, attachment theory, trauma and mindfulness. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and offers trainings, workshops, teleseminars and educational materials. Marti enjoys special time with family and sharing music, the arts, and travel with her husband, Ken.
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Michael Trout graduated from Alma College (B.A., cum laude, honors in Philosophy) and Central Michigan University (M.A., Psychology), and did his specialized training in infant psychiatry at the Child Development Project, University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, under Prof. Selma Fraiberg. In the mental health field since 1968 and in private practice since 1979, Mr. Trout has, since 1986 directed The Infant-Parent Institute, which engages in research, clinical practice and clinical training related to problems of attachment.
He was the founding president of the International Association for Infant Mental Health; was on the charter Editorial Board of the Infant Mental Health Journal; served as regional vice-president for the United States for the World Association for Infant Mental Health; served on the board of directors (and as editor of the newsletter) for APPPAH — the Association for Pre- & Perinatal Psychology and Health, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Attachment Parenting International. In 1984 he won the Selma Fraiberg Award for “ . . . significant contributions to the needs of infants and their families.” He has won numerous awards, published many book chapters, articles, training videos, and has co-authored several books. For 46 years--41 of them in the infant mental health specialty--the most important part of Mr. Trout’s happened in the hours he spent with individuals and families. He retired from clinical practice on May 30, 2014, allowing him to turn more of his attention to teaching, writing, and looking into what happened to some of the babies and families he served, many years ago. His website is http://www.infant-parent.com/
He has spoken twice for the PPNE Program, both times offering very moving stories about the experience of the baby. Please enjoy here his paper: Searching for Aunt Rosie: Accounting For Non-Clinical, Benevolent Influences On The Lives Of Babies And Young Children. It has meant a great deal to me.
Here is the Abstract of his talk he gave in the Professional Development Program:
When Selma Fraiberg first drew our attention, in 1975, to the hidden stories and repressed affects that assault the good intentions of parents, and invade the nurseries of their babies, she set our clinical imaginations tingling: “In every nursery there are ghosts. They are the visitors from the unremembered past of the parents; the uninvited guests at the christening” (Fraiberg, Adelson, and Shapiro, 1975, p. 387).
On the 30th anniversary of the publication of Fraiberg’s original article–credited by some as the official commencement of the infant mental health movement–one of her students offered an extension, an elaboration, and a new focus. Alicia Lieberman writes:
...angels in the nursery–[which we define as] care-receiving experiences characterized by intense shared affect between parent and child in which the child feels nearly perfectly understood, accepted, and loved–provide the child with a core sense of security and self-worth that can be drawn upon when the child becomes a parent.... We argue that uncovering angels as growth-promoting forces in the lives of traumatized parents is as vital to the work of psychotherapy as is the interpretation and exorcizing of ghosts (Lieberman, Padron, Van Horn, and Harris, 2005, p. 504).
Today’s conversation will explore the clinical and personal experiences of the author and of the participants about the often-ignored appearance of Aunt Rosie, and other “angels in the nursery”. After mapping out some basic clinical notions, the author will facilitate an exploration of the group’s understanding of, resistance to, suspicions about, and notice of the phenomenon. Participants should come prepared to discuss their clinical and personal observations.