12 Guiding Principles Training and Mentoring Resources

Our Services


As the original, primary co-authors of the 12 Guiding Principles, we offer customized services to support you to explore and incorporate these principles and Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology into your life and community. These services help you learn more about this new paradigm, principles, and interventions founded upon consciousness-based early development that includes the baby’s point of view.

Services for families, professionals, organizations, and communities include:

  • mentoring
  • presentations
  • workshops
  • trainings

This further exploration and training can be via live encounters, webinars, teleconferences, or other formats.

Upcoming Events


Two-Day Workshop with Dr. Wendy Anne McCarty in Mexico

“Evolving Our Care and Support for Families During Pregnancy:
New Paradigm, Guiding Principles, and Strategies”
Monterrey, Mexico
February 22 – 23, 2018

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Two workshops with Dr. Wendy Anne McCarty in Germany

“Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology:
Transforming Our Paradigms, Principles and Strategies to Support Young Families – Preconception Forward”
Two-day workshop program (October 26 – 27, 2018)

“Integrated Practice with Families during Pregnancy”
One-day workshop (October 28, 2018)

Vulcano Eifel, Western Germany (close to Trier/Luxemburg)

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— Meet Our Presenters —

Wendy Anne McCarty, PhD, RN

Holistic Nurse Baccalaureate–Board Certified
Diplomat, Comprehensive Energy Psychology

Dr. McCarty was the Director of the 12 Guiding Principles Project and a primary co-author of the proclamation. She is a leader in the frontier to optimize human potential and relationships from the beginning of life. Author of Welcoming Consciousness: Supporting Babies’ Wholeness at the Beginning of Life–An Integrated Model of Early Development and 30+ publications. She was the Founding Chair, co-author, and Associate Faculty of the first graduate degree programs in prenatal and perinatal psychology at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.

Her innovative work incorporates prenatal and perinatal psychology, her ground-breaking consciousness-based early development theory, consciousness studies and energy psychology healing modalities. She has served families for 40 years. She is an international presenter, educator, and consultant to families, professionals, and organizations—bridging theory, principles and practice.

Selected publications are available at her website: www.wondrousbeginnings.com.

Expertise with Prenatal and Perinatal Origins is Essential for Energy Psychology Practice,” ACEP Blog, April 28, 2016.

You may contact her here.

Additional Resources

The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) offers a variety of avenues for further learning and additional resources, including a certificate program and conferences.

Dr. Marti Glenn, PhD

Dr. Glenn is a co-primary author of the 12 Guiding Principles.

She is the Clinical Director of Ryzio Institute, offering professional trainings and intensive retreats to help adults heal adverse childhood experiences and trauma. A pioneering psychotherapist and educator, she was the Founding President of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, known for its graduate degrees in prenatal and perinatal psychology, somatic psychology and clinical psychology.

In her clinical work and trainings, Marti emphasizes the integration of the latest research in behavioral epigenetics, Polyvagal Theory and affective neuroscience with attachment, early development, and trauma. 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.

Marti is the 2015 recipient of the Thomas Verny Award for Excellence in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. Marti is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide.

You may contact her here.

Selected Publications:
Glenn, M. (2016). Excerpt from 2015 Verny Award Acceptance Speech, APPPAH International Conference.

Glenn, M. (2015). Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology: Vital foundations for Body Psychotherapy. In The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology. Matlock, G. & Weiss, H. eds. North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA.

Glenn, M., & Cappon, R. (2013). Essential Clinical Principles for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Practitioners. Journal of the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. 28(1) 20-42.

Glenn, M. (2013), Essential Principles for the Practice of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine. In Janus, L, ed. The prenatal dimensions of psychotherapy. Heidelberg: Mattes Verlag.

Santa Barbara Graduate Institute was open for 12 years. Unfortunately, it is no longer open and there are no known higher education programs in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology in North America. Although there are no longer graduate degree programs, Dr. McCarty and Dr. Glenn, as co-creators of those programs, can offer training and mentoring to support further learning in these areas.