Three Part Course

helping Parents to Support Babies and Young Children

With Matthew Appleton
Tuesdays, 21 May, 4 June, 18 June 2024 at 19h - 20hUK time
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Becoming a parent is often accompanied by a myriad of internal and external pressures.  Parents might feel all kinds of expectations to be a 'good' parent.  These expectations might come from a parent's own trauma history, the need to comply with 'expert' advice or one's own image of what a good parent might be. They can easily interfere with a parent's natural ability to connect with a baby or child.

In this course, Matthew Appleton will show how we can help parents to let go of some of these pressures and engage with themselves and their family in more healthy and empathetic ways. Through lecture and experiential exercises Matthew will teach how we can guide young parents towards greater self-acceptance and heart-centred presence and how we can practice empathic inquiry and non-judgemental presence when working with parents.

This course is intended for both, professionals working with parents and babies, and interested parents or carers.
Matthew Appleton is a registered Body Psychotherapist and Craniosacral Therapist based in the UK. Matthew has been facilitating Prenatal and Birth Workshops for adults for nearly 20 years and he teaches Integrative Baby Therapy to health professionals internationally.

After his course “The Relational Baby” which looks at how best to respond to the relational cues from babies,  Matthew Appleton will in this course take the parents’ perspective. What do parents need in order to offer their children the best start in life?

Join us for an insightful journey which will provide valuable means of supporting parents so that they can give their children a solid emotional foundation.


class one

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 at 19h - 20h UK time
(This class will be recorded)

Image and Reality

Many parents struggle to reconcile the difference between their image of themselves as parents and the reality of having a new baby or small child. In this module we explore how we can help parents to differentiate between image and reality and to find self-acceptance. With greater acceptance, inner bonding with the self leads to a deepening of the bond with the baby or small child.

class two

Tuesday, 4 June 2024 at 19h - 20h UK time
(This class will be recorded)

Hearts not Heads in the Home

We are surrounded by theories of how we should parent our children. These are often conflicting with each other and with parents own instinctive feelings. This can lead to a lot of confusion and self-doubt and disconnect from the body. In this module we look at embodied practices to help parents become present with themselves and with bond through heart-centred presence with their baby or small child. Using scientific research from the Heart-Math Institute as a framework, we will see the value of shifting from the head to the heart in the parent-child relationship.

class three

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 at 19h - 20h UK time
(This class will be recorded)

Deep Listening and Empathic inquiry

After birth parents are often left with their own traumas, which make it hard for them to regulate their stress levels. This, in turn, undermines the capacity to co-regulate the stress levels of their baby. In this module we will focus on the importance of deep listening to the experience of parents and how we can use empathic inquiry to help them connect with their inner resources. Developing our own capacity for non-judgemental presence, we can create a potential space in which parents can feel felt and supported in processing difficult and traumatic experiences.
Why this course?
  • Entry/intermediate level
  • Three 60 minute lessons
  • Power Point Presentations
  • Practical Exercises
  • Q and A with presenter
  • Life long access to recordings

who can this benefit

  • practitioners working with pregnant and new mums/parents
  • new parents
  • anyone wishing to support new mums/parents

learning outcomes

  • Learn how to help parents create a bond with their inner self
  • Understand and apply the concept of heart-centered presence
  • Find out what deep listening means and how to apply it

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  • Life  long access to recordings

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