in depth course
in babies and children
With Matthew Appleton
a world that is changing more quickly than any time in human history
and facing many crises, we need to put resilience at the centre of child
education and health.
We will look at how babies and children may be overwhelmed by stressful experience, but also how they can be undermined by overprotection.
Drawing from more than 20 years of working with babies and children as a body psychotherapist and craniosacral therapist, this three-part series shifts the emphasis from protection to building resilience.
Matthew Appleton is a registered Body Psychotherapist and Craniosacral Therapist living and working in Bristol, England. In 2006 he founded Conscious Embodiment Trainings in 2006 to facilitate Prenatal and Birth Workshops for adults and teach Integrative Baby Therapy to health professionals internationally.
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first two modules will focus on supporting babies.
The third will look
at how we can support older children to grow into who they really are.
This will draw upon the understanding of self-regulation, based on the
model of A.S. Neill’s Summerhill School.
Pulsation as an Expression of Health
Every single cell of the body pulsates. As such it expresses health and vitality. When we are exposed to chronic environmental stress, toxicity, or traumatic experiences, we contract. Over time contraction becomes anchored in the tissues of the body.
- This module will give on overview of the model of health based on pulsation.
- We will look at how armouring becomes chronically held in the body and how this relates to ‘set points’ in the self-regulating systems of the body.
- The importance of early experience, from conception through to early childhood, sets the emotional and physiological tone for the rest of life.
- We will explore how we can recognize armouring and support the return to healthy pulsation.
- Finally, we will see how this relates to resilience.
Ground, Environment and Relationship
The inner ground of embodied experience is the foundation for health and resilience. This inner ground is always in communication with the environment. Relationship is the liminal space in which this communication occurs.
- This module puts the ground of embodied relationship at the heart of resilience building parenting and therapy.
- We differentiate between left brain and right brain functioning and how these generate different types of relationship.
- We look at different types of crying and how these communicate different ways in which ground and environment are out of synch with each other.
- We will look at the rupture and repair model of being with the child, rather trying to fix a problem.
- We will see how building healthy ground through relationship fosters resilience.
The Nature of the Child. Lessons from Summerhill and Indigenous Wisdom
Our culture often tries to mould children in ways, that do not honour their inherent nature.
- In this module I will describe my experience of working at Summerhill School for 9 years as a houseparent and insights from meeting with indigenous elders.
- We will distinguish between freedom and licence.
- We look at the value of boredom in building resilience.
- We will explore the difference between a good child and a healthy child.
- We will see how lessons from Summerhill and indigenous cultures can be integrated into family life and therapeutic practice, to support resilience.
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