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Creating Safety: Understanding Early Trauma Resolution and Resilience

The APPPAH Somatics Course for Prenatal and Perinatal Educators

This course is 11 lectures offered the fourth Monday of each month that support the understanding that prenatal and perinatal psychology and health is necessarily a somatic or bodily felt paradigm. Inherent in somatics is an understanding of how early memory forms in the body, and how our earliest memories inform our world view and sense of safety. Our somatic course helps professional educators who teach about baby consciousness to recognize early imprints in themselves and their audiences so that they can be more effective. Our course includes:

  • The elements of Creating Safety for your audiences
  • Deep understanding of the autonomic nervous system and threat/stress responses
  • A special focus on the freeze response in human beings, especially babies and its implications in pregnancy and birth
  • Understanding transgenerational and intergenerational trauma and the skills of differentiation
  • Listening and reflection as a tool
  • Facilitating story telling in your audiences, especially when they occur spontaneously
  • Exercises for you and your audiences to recognize nervous system states
  • Tools for recognizing states and how to work with them as an educator
  • Practice in embodiment, or feeling and noticing your own body
  • Understanding hot topics, or activation in your educational programs and what to do about it

Dates, Topics and Speakers:

September 24: The Science of Safety, Trauma Resolution and Resilience: Stories from the Field with Kate White

October 22: Overview of Skills and Tools for Prenatal and Perinatal Educators with Kate White

November 26: Life on the Ladder: An Experiential Journey with Polyvagal Theory and the Work of Deb Dana by Kate White

December 24, 2018: No Lecture

January 21, 2019: The Stoplight Approach to Understanding Autonomic States, Rebecca Thompson Hitt

February 25, 2019: Creating Safety and the Importance of Presence with Janae Weinhold, PhD

March 25, 2019: Creating Safety Using Conflict Resolution and Mediation Techniques to Support Your Best Birth Experiences with Sally Dear-Healey, PhD

April 22, 2019: Creating Safety

June 24, 2019: Lessons Learned from the Vagus Study Group with Lisa Elliott

July 22, 2019: Play as Polyvagal Health and Healing: A Presentation by Deb Dana

No Lecture May and December


This program is included in the PPNE program, but is a stand alone course as a prerequisite for professionals taking our Tools for Facilitators course.


Your Instructor


Birth Psychology
Birth Psychology

Kate White is an award-winning prenatal and perinatal educator and an advanced bodyworker. She is trained in somatic therapies, prenatal and perinatal health, lactation, brain development, infant mental health, and has specialized in mother-baby dyad care using somatic prevention and trauma healing approaches for nearly 20 years. She is a mother of two children, holds a BA and MA in Communication, a Registered Craniosacral Therapist in the Biodynamic Craniosacral method and a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. Her work combines somatic therapy, birth preparation, recovery from difficult birth, trauma resolution and brain development to help give families with babies and small children the best possible start. She is the Founding Director of Education for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health and currently co-directs this department, administering an online program for parents and parent professionals, runs a private practice and offers her own seminars through the Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs, ppncenter.com.


Class Curriculum


  Welcome and How to Access the Calls
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  September 24: The Science of Safety, Trauma Resolution and Resilience: Stories from the Field
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  October 22: Overview of Skills and Tools for Prenatal and Perinatal Educators with Kate White
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  November 26: Life on the Ladder: An Experiential Journey with Polyvagal Theory and the Work of Deb Dana
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  January 21, 2019: The Stoplight Approach to Understanding Autonomic States with Rebecca Thompson Hitt
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  February 25, 2019: Presence: The Foundation of Safety for Healing Attachment Trauma with Janae Weinhold
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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