APPPAH hosted its 20th International Congress at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in San Diego, CA November 29-December 3, 2017. Professionals gathered to hear speakers from science, clinical practice, and educational backgrounds in the theme: The Conscious Baby Emerges: Scientific, Medical, Psycho-Social, and Somatic Discoveries.
Attendees came from all over the world, including China, India, Hungary, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Lithuania, England, France, Denmark, Canada, and from all over the United States, thirsty to learn more, share what they were doing in their countries, and to initiate more collaborative projects. I was deeply touched by the positive impact they were having in their communities implementing PPN knowledge and practices, as well as what they are adding to our collective field.
The 12 Guiding Principles–Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology were featured at the conference.
APPPAH endorses the principles and every attendee received a copy of The 12 Guiding Principles Brochure. Starter packages (25 brochures) were available for people to take back to their countries for their clients, organizations, and communities.
We conceived the 12 Guiding Principles Project just for this purpose – to be a user-friendly distilled document of the values, principles and recommendations from our field of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology. The document was meant as a universal message to bring us together and at the conference I saw that vision manifest as attendees carried The 12 Guiding Principles-PPN back to their countries and communities. Beautiful!
Also, I was very grateful to receive APPPAH’s top honor this year, The Thomas Verny Award for Excellence in the field of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. Last year my dear friend and 12 Guiding Principles primary co-author, Marti Glenn, PhD won the award. Thank you APPPAH!
Let’s see what 2018 brings at the next Regional APPPAH Congress in Denver, CO!
The Keynote Presentations:
Advances in Neuroscience, Relevance to Pre and Perinatal Psychology, by Thomas Verny, MD
A Dyad during Pregnancy: The Mother Infant Relationship before Birth and Why it Matters, by Catherine Monk, PhD
The Impacts of Past Trauma on Experience During the Preconception, Prenatal and Early Parenting Periods: Implications for Parents-to-Be, Developing Babies, and Practitioners, by Ann Diamond Weinstein, PhD
An Overview of the Polyvagal Theory, by John and Anna Chitty
Harmonic Resonance & the Blueprint/Imprint of Somatics, by Ray Castellino and Mary Jackson
The Evolved Nest: What Children Need to Thrive, by Darcia Narvaez, PhD
The Conscious Baby Emerges: Embracing a New Story for Human Development by Kate White and Rebecca Thompson Hitt
Click here for a conference synopsis.
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