Certification Training in the Peterson Model of
Prenatal Counseling and Birth Hypnosis
course meets the qualifications for 36 hours
of continuing education units, and includes certification in the
Peterson Model of Prenatal Counseling and Birth Hypnosis
Part One may be taken for 12 hours of continuing education units
units can be obtained by simply passing the post test for the course
( 12 or 36 units).
Additional Certification in Perinatal Counseling and Birth Hypnosis may be obtained by successful completion of the 5 homework assignments (36 unit course).
are pleased and honored to offer courses by Gayle Peterson,
a renowned family therapist, prenatal and child development specialist.
Pregnancy and childbirth presents women with an opportunity for profound insight and self-understanding. Gayle Peterson is a pioneer in the field of perinatal psychology and has worked with pregnant woman since 1973, to plumb the depth of this transformative period in a woman’s life. Dr. Peterson’s brief term perinatal counseling model addresses the specific anxieties a woman experiences at the threshold to motherhood. Psychological counseling using this method enables a therapist to effectively transfer the powerful experience of pregnancy and childbirth to her client’s core sense of self. The training will also cover advanced applications of hypnosis to premature labor, breech positioning, healing traumatic birth and childbirth experience and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
Childbirth is not a neutral event. It can be either very positive or extremely traumatic. Gayle Peterson’s model allows a practitioner to harness the natural power of nature to assist a woman in feeling not only empowered by this process, but to become ready for motherhood. Healing past birth and childbirth trauma and realistic preparation for labor is elegantly addressed in this prenatal program.
Participants will learn to identify birth related issues in a woman's personal history and apply principles of hypnosis and counseling to improve both psychological and medical birth outcomes. Primary focus will be on the woman’s needs and development in relationship to her developing identity as woman and mother. Family history, past childbirth, present family support, the woman's own birth experience and realistic preparation for giving birth will be covered. Supporting a woman’s development through the psychological and physical transition to motherhood will be the goal of this orientation.Furthering our understanding of the whole woman as we support her growth and development through this pivotal life experience is integral to the philosophical direction of this training program. Participants will learn about themselves, the family life cycle and cornerstones of psychological growth and development that can be harnessed within the ordinary miracle (and ordeal) that is childbirth.
The four-part model will include:
Prenatal Assessment Interview
to assess birth, childbirth, and childhood history to identify issues that can affect the childbirth process. Relationship with mother, father and general family relationships, past childbirth, the woman's own birth experience and realistic preparation for giving birth, may impact her readiness or trepidation, for labor. Participants will learn to identify birth related issues in a woman's personal history.
to address specific issues related to the individual woman's assessment (above) to achieve a sense of mastery necessary for this transition. Participants will learn how to facilitate normal birth through hypnosis and visualization technique, which address the woman's fears in a realistic manner that decreases anxiety of this life transition.
Identification of Individual Coping Styles
for effective pain management in labor. Participants will learn to identify visual, auditory, and kinesthetic coping to augment a woman's natural ability and style for coping with pain in labor. This session increases the couples' ability to master anxiety related to managing pain through effective relating to one another, and forehand knowledge of the woman's natural response to pain.
to assess and support family adjustment issues in the period immediately following birth, including reframing traumatic birth, and incorporating the phenomena of the birthing event into the fabric of a woman's identity.
Participants who successfully complete this training will be certified to offer pregnant women educational counseling in Dr. Peterson’s model of childbirth preparation. Participants will learn to assess and address women's needs on an individual basis to effectively decrease anxieties related to pregnancy and childbirth and promote normal delivery. In-depth training will prepare participants to offer counseling to pregnant women and their families for mastering anxieties related to this transitional period in the family life cycle.
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In the 36 unit course:
course meets the qualifications for 12 or
of continuing education units
maintains responsibility for the program.
To receive credit students must
by Jan Van Eyck
"This program starts where traditional education ends. Here is a truly personal preparation for childbirth, reaching emotional and unconscious depths."
"Years from now when we look back on the childbirth reform movement, Gayle Peterson will be called a pioneer. See review for more details.
Gayle Peterson, LCSW, PhD is an international expert specializing in prenatal and family development. She trains professionals in her prenatal counseling model and is the author of An Easier Childbirth, Birthing Normally and her latest book, Making Healthy Families. Dr. Peterson is the founder of: www.makinghealthyfamilies.com , an online resource that has won acclaim from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy for guidance about what contributes to healthy family relationships. Her articles on family relationships appear in professional journals and she is an oft-quoted expert in popular magazines such as Woman's Day, Mothering, Fit Pregnancy and Parenting. She is a clinical member of The Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a Diplomate with the National Association of Social Work. She also serves on the advisory board for Fit Pregnancy magazine.
Dr. Gayle Peterson has written a monthly family column for the San Francisco Bay Area's Parents Press and currently writes for the Sierra Foothills, Family Post. She is an expert on numerous parenting websites and she has also hosted a live Internet radio show, Ask Dr. Gayle, answering questions on family relationships and parenting. Dr. Peterson has appeared on numerous radio and television interviews, including The Today Show and on Canadian Broadcast as a family and communications expert in the documentary Baby's Best Chance. She is former clinical director of the Holistic Health Program at John F. Kennedy University and has served as adjunct faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco.
Gayle also enjoys playing music,
attending ballet classes and an active family life. She and her husband
are parents of two adult children and proud grandparents to two lively
boys, and a sparkly new granddaughter!
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