Ghosts and Angels

Saturday 13th June 2020, 10am-5pm

The George Hotel, 19-21 George Street, Edinburgh

Getting pregnant, giving birth and becoming a parent all signal major shifts in individual, couple and family identities, and may stir up 'unresolved residues' (Raphael Leff, 2008) in the parent from their own childhood experiences. In addition, each 'reproductive story' (Diamond & Jaffe, 2011) brings with it challenges that may include fertility or birth trauma, perinatal loss or unresolved intergenerational issues. How do these experiences impact how the baby is 'met with' in their families? How might such early experiences impact the early parent- infant relationship or indeed the parental couple?

By attending this workshop you will:

  1. Explore the nature of typical traumatic events for parents and infants in the perinatal period.

  2. Consider how such traumatic events impact the emerging parent- infant relationship.

  3. Be introduced to key psychoanalytic and trauma related concepts that help us think about those impacts.

  4. Think about ways that we as practitioners can work with (and through) trauma in the parent-infant relationship.

Comments from Previous Workshops

“It was so helpful to explore this from a practical perspective, rather than just looking at theory.”

“How trauma affects the newborn… was very interesting and informative”

“Supplemented my parent-infant knowledge and sensitively delivered.”

“A great perspective on understanding the bond as something to think about after trauma.”

Details and booking

  • Date and time: Saturday 13th June, 10am-5pm

  • Location: Forthview Suite, at the George Hotel, 19-21 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB

  • Cost: £110 (early bird booking before 15th March 2020 £100, booking for both workshops at £95 each)

  • Teas and coffees will be provided, participants can make their own arrangements for lunch

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