Everyone brings their own conscious and unconscious material to the Birth process.
In this workshop you will learn tools for working effectively with that material in yourself and others.

 

Workshops and Coach & Facilitator Certification Programs

Perinatal Professional Education and Certification Services


The following workshops can be taken as part of the Birth Spirituality and Healing Coach Certification Program or for Education and CEs only

 

I – Perinatal Trauma: Assessment, Prevention and Healing Workshop

Prerequisites: None 

Meets: This workshop is a prerequisite for the BSH Coach and Facilitator Certification Programs

Length: 1 day

Offered: Online OR in-person

May 25, 2019, New York & Summer (TBD) 2019, Oakland

In this course you will learn practical exercises and the neurobiological theory behind them to prevent and address secondary trauma in yourself and to prevent retraumatization and future trauma in your clients. You will also learn effective trauma assessment and healing practices. Throughout this course you will have an opportunity to apply practices to yourself to support your own renewal and resources. All of these practices promote perinatal developmental healthy outcomes. Content of course based on EMDR, Trauma Healing theory and Perinatal Psychology theory and research.

  • Regular Fee $175

CEs: DONA for Doulas and MEAC for Midwives

CEs pending for California MFTs and LCSWs

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I really valued the work around understanding when I get triggered during a session. I’m seeing it much more clearly now. Andrea Byers

Craniosacral Therapist

II – Mentor Sister Circle Package – Introductory Session

Prerequisite: The Perinatal Trauma Assessment, Prevention and Healing Workshop

Meets: Independent workshop or is required for the BSH Coach and Facilitator Certification Programs

Length: 1/2 day

Offered: In-person

May 26, 2019, New York and Summer (TBD), 2019, Oakland

This is the first session of a 9 monthly meeting series. Local or online, the series’ first meeting is facilitated by a BSH Facilitator. Included in the package price are 8 formats and teaching points for the remaining meetings and facilitator guidelines.  The 8 meetings are peer facilitated with rotating facilitators ( If circle prefers a facilitated mentor peer circle, BSH facilitators are available, and the cost would be $50 per member per session).

A Mentor Sister Circle series builds your community support among like hearted perinatal professionals to renew, ground and grow in your empowerment, compassion and primary and secondary trauma prevention skills which you learned in Part I.

This session’s meeting will give you the experience of the format and practices for the series. You will decide on the time and place for future circles.

Workshop Regular Fee $75

  • Package of Formats, Teaching points and Reading List $60

CEs: not applicable

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I’m so happy to see depth and breadth of this work continue to evolve and become more widespread. Our humanity depends on it. Jen Moran

Doula and Co-Founder, Community Well

III – Preparation Ceremonies: Resources for Parents and for Perinatal Professionals of Resilience and Confidence Workshop

Prerequisites: The Perinatal Trauma Assessment, Prevention and Healing Workshop & Mentor Sister Circle

Meets: Independent workshop or is required for the BSH Coach and Facilitator Certification Programs

Length: 1/2 day (option to combine with classes I and II for 1 or 2 day training)

Offered: In-person

May 26, 2019, New York and Summer (TBD), 2019, Oakland

This workshop offers you a power point on the effectiveness of ceremony practice as preparation for rites of passages. It covers the science behind ceremony, cross cultural ceremony guidelines stemming from all our original peoples and examples of perinatal ceremonies that address spiritual and psychological needs of the perinatal community: parents, perinatal professionals, families and friends. You will have an opportunity to participate in a ceremony during this workshop.

  • Workshop Regular Fee $75
  • Combine with Part II for a full day, Regular Fee $150
  • Combine for 2 days to Part I, II, and III. Regular Fee $300

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As an MFT, this workshop connected dots for me about trauma and what is effective for me and my clients working with it. I would recommend this workshop to any therapist. Gina Janc

MFT

IV – Models and Elements of Effective Perinatal Trauma Treatment Workshop

Prerequisites: The Perinatal Trauma Assessment, Prevention and Healing Workshop & Mentor Sister Circle & Preparation Ceremonies

Meets: Independent workshop or is required for the BSH Coach and Facilitator Certification Programs

Length: 2 days

Offered: In-person

TBD

In this course you will learn a template of cognitive and experiential effective Perinatal Trauma Treatment.  You will have an opportunity to apply this model to a piece of your own prenatal, birth and newborn story, to a previous secondary traumatic event from your professional practice and to your own ancestral perinatal imprints.  You will also learn about the essential value of somatic tracking in yourself and your clients when working with trauma and you will have an opportunity to build some practice with that.

  • Workshop Regular Fee $350

CEs: Dona and Meac available

 

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Getting clear about my behaviors when triggered…a range of tools I can access…tools I can offer my clients – not only resources within but also community resources. Jennifer Curtis

Doula, Parent Infant Class Educator

V – BSH Coach Certification

Prerequisites: The Perinatal Trauma Assessment, Prevention and Healing Workshop & Mentor Sister Circle, Preparation Ceremonies, & Models and elements of effective Perinatal Trauma Treatment Workshop

Meets: Independent workshop or is required for the BSH Coach and Facilitator Certification Programs

Offered: Online & In-person

A BSH coach can apply and offer the following resources to themselves and their clients to promote success with perinatal developmental needs and opportunities. A 1-1 session with BSH Mentor is required to mutually assess if intern needs more practice or is ready to become a certified coach. If intern needs more practice, a new contract and additional fees may be required.

  • Bilateral Tapping In resourcing practices
  • Tracking somatic experience and triggers and knowing when to apply resources to triggers to break and prevent trauma patterns
  • Energy calming practices
  • A Guided Imagery Healing Perinatal Trauma Practice
  • An understanding of what it takes to heal birth trauma effectively and in nourishing and safe ways.
  • An understanding of what are trauma informed effective assessment practices and why
  • A clear understanding of how preparing to meet perinatal developmental needs can prevent trauma.

1 session fee: $175

CEs: not applicable

 

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This is such important and beautiful work for mothers in our community you are doing. As we come together and heal ourselves, we take this healing back to our families. Katie Sutherland

Mother

VI – BSH Facilitator Certification

Prerequisites: Completion of I, II, III, IV and V

Meets: Required for the BSH Coach and Facilitator Certification Programs

Offered: Online & In-person

A Certified BSH Facilitator can offer Parenting Ceremonies and Circles for Moms: Healing after a Difficult Pregnancy, Birth and or Postpartum. 

If the BSH Facilitator is a licensed Mental Health Provider in their state of practice they can choose if their services will include psychotherapy or not. 

If the BSH Facilitator is not a licensed Mental Health Provider in their state of practice they can only offer these services as psychoeducational services. 

They are independent providers. All profits from these offerings go to them.

  • Become a BSH Coach
  • Participate in a nine month mentor program composing of monthly intern facilitator circles mentored by a BSH Mentor. If preparing for Healing Circles and Parent Ceremonies Certifications,  both internship practicums are required unless your skill set and experience is assessed to require less practicum to begin.
  • If preparing for Healing Circles for Moms who had a Difficult Pregnancy, Birth or Postpartum Facilitator Certification:
    • 3 Workshops assisting BSH Facilitator as a co-facilitator
    • 1 Workshop as Facilitator with assistance from BSH Facilitator
    • 1-1 session with BSH Mentor to mutually assess if intern needs more practice or is ready to become a certified facilitator.
    • If intern needs more practice, new contract is mutually negotiated.
  • If preparing for Facilitator Certification for offering Parent Ceremonies:
    • 3 Parent Ceremonies assisting BSH Facilitator as a co-facilitator
    • 1 Parent Ceremonies Facilitator with assistance from BSH Facilitator
    • 1-1 session w BSH Mentor to mutually assess if intern needs more practice or is ready to become a certified facilitator.
      • If intern needs more practice, new contract is mutually negotiated.

 Reading Requirements:

  • Welcome Home Spirit, Sobon Fu Some
  • The Four Fold Path, Angeles Arrien PhD
  • Healing after Birth, Jennifer Summerfeldt MACP
  • Tapping in our Resources, Laurel Parnell PhD

 

Homework Requirements:

  • Home work will vary and include skill development and inner work. Goals of homework and Coach and Facilitator Certification Pathways are:
    • Stabilizing the skill of supporting yourself through bilateral resource tapping or other forms of effective triggered limbic system accessing and calming practices resulting in greater self and other compassion, care, wholeness and confidence working with primary and secondary trauma.
    • Understanding your own needs for healing or integration from your own birth story so you can be prepared to prevent and address your own primary and secondary trauma.
    • Understanding the relationships people’s own and ancestral birth stories have on their preparation needs for Parenting and Birth.
    • Cultivating your own relationship and practice with the four directions, your ancestors and ceremony practice guidelines.
    • Being supported and feeling confident and grounded facilitating BSH circles and ceremonies.

Course Cost Breakdown

After completion of all reading and internships, a 1-1 session with BSH Mentor to mutually assess if intern needs more practice or is ready to become a certified Facilitator. The cost of this session is $175.

Mentor BSH Facilitator Circle Series fee: Monthly, paid before each circle, $60 each (If circle is less than 8 participants, fee may increase). Your yearly fee for 9 circles is $540.

$715 ($175 + $540) is the cost of the facilitator certification pathway.

After certification, a yearly $200 membership fee is given to maintain active membership. Membership each year entitles BSH Facilitator to listing and referrals from BSH site, use of Parent Ceremonies and Healing Circles for Moms for difficult pregnancies, births or postpartum Templates, and a yearly consult with a BSH Mentor.

CEs: not applicable

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I felt the knowledge shared has helped me tremendously and will be something I will use for many years to come. Kelly Johnson

Gena McCarthy RN, MFT is an EMDR certified perinatal psychotherapist and a community organizer.  She is the founder and developer of the Birth Spirituality and Healing Network.  She was a maternal infant public health nurse for many years and founded the Contra Costa County Perinatal Depression to Wellness Network. She developed two local Perinatal Integrative Health Programs.  She has studied and practiced extensively cross cultural healing including shamanic, Buddhist and Cherokee peacekeeper practices.  For Questions: genamccarthy3@gmail.com

Molly Arthur Interviews Gena McCarthy and Birth, Spirituality, and Healing

Healing Birth Trauma

Karen Brody Interviews Gena McCarthy for the 2015 BirthKeeper Summit

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