Rebecca has been working behind the scenes to help Kate with the newsletter, student progress and mentor updates, as well as the Voices of APPPAH interviews, among other things.
Rebecca is the founder and executive director of The Consciously Parenting Project, Inc. Her work is all about getting good, relevant information out to parents in digestible ways. She collaborates with parents and professionals who have that great combination of good stories and cutting edge information to help parents grasp these sometimes difficult concepts. Her focus is the "how to" apply all this great new information about connection and repair where the rubber meets the road. In her private practice, Rebecca has been working with families using PPN principles since she discovered the work about a decade ago.
It wasn’t until her youngest was a toddler that she was introduced to PPN. A colleague who was working with parents who had adopted children shared stories of her families and what was happening as a result of those early experiences, even those adopted at birth. This was a radical idea for her at the time, but something that resonated deeply. She started looking at her own family’s story, understanding that some of the events that had happened in her son’s life may have had more influence than she had realized. It was one of those light bulb moments where so many things began to make sense, especially with her "high-need" first born. The events that happened in his early life had meaning and that changed everything. In her professional life, she began looking at the stories of those with disrupted early beginnings and tried to help the families who were in crisis write a new story.
It was about that time that she met Ray Castellino. Ray introduced her to the principles of PPN and told her that babies show their stories on the journey to the breast. He invited Rebecca to fly to Ojai where they, along with Mary Jackson, created a series for parents called Little People, Big Challenges. She says she remembers hearing that babies show their stories and thinking, “That's interesting, Ray.” But she didn’t really understand what he meant.
The time she spent in Ojai transformed her understanding of story and the way she works with families. She went home and did her first supported attachment session with a 3 day-old baby/mother/father and grandparents and watched as it completely transformed their relationship right before her eyes. She was hooked.
The work she does now in her private practice is working with families with children of all ages to understand the story that is showing up from early imprints or other un-integrated life events. She works with parents around the world via Skype or in person at her office in Palm Harbor, FL, when possible, to help everyone connect. She also recently started The Consciously Parenting Academy, another resource for parents with online courses, support, and community.
Her experience with APPPAH and working with the education department has truly been like coming home. She loves the opportunity to interview those who have been a part of this movement from the beginning or have added their voice to this growing movement. They inspire her in her own work and remind her that she's not the only voice saying that babies early experiences matter and that we can make things better for all of us, no matter how old we are, by understanding and processing our early story.
She is the author of 3 books: Consciously Parenting: What it Really Takes to Raise Emotionally Healthy Families; Creating Connection: Essential Tools for Growing Families through Conception, Birth, and Beyond; and Nurturing Connection: What Parents Need to Know about Emotional Expression and Bonding.
Rebecca will be presenting on Monday LIVE with Kate White in April about Conscious Parenting. Stay tuned for more information about this call! Rebecca is really looking forward to being a part of the Conscious Baby later this year. She's so excited about the many great things happening at APPPAH in 2016. Stay tuned!