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Module 5: PPN Theories

Prenatal and Perinatal Psychological Theories

Module 5: Prenatal and Perinatal Psychological Theories

This module examines experiences that create early imprints in the prenate, baby and birth, as well as the first year of life. The reading material includes models of how to work with stress and trauma from a PPN perspective. It also introduces the study of consciousness and embodiment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the experience of the prenate.
  • Deepen knowledge of the Autonomic Nervous System and the impact of shock and trauma.
  • Differentiate shock and trauma.
  • Understand the roots of violence and empathy.
  • List the theories and principle creators of these theories with regard to stress and trauma patterns and how to work with them therapeutically so that audiences will understand how healing works.
  • Define COEX systems and why they are important in pre and perinatal psychology.
  • Know the role consciousness studies play in pre and perinatal psychology and resources for further exploration.
  • Be able to describe positive and difficult prenatal imprints.

Readings and supportive material are offered by Ray Castellino, William Emerson, Wendy Ann McCarty, Dan Siegel, Michael Trout, and Kate White.


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