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The Parenting for a Peaceful World Tour

December 14, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

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Join Robin for two workshops tailored for both professionals and parents. Includes 2.5 CEU credits. It’s co-sponsored by the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, CAPPA, the world’s largest childbirth education organization.

Join Robin Grille and the world’s largest childbirth education organization for two workshops tailored for both professionals and parents. These workshops include FIVE workshop CEUs for professionals from CAPPA, Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association.

Workshop Schedule

10 a.m. Welcome and Introductions from Tracy Wilson Peters, CEO of CAPPA

10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Helping Your Children Heal From Emotional Wounds

12:30 to1:30 Lunch (included in cost) and Book Signing

1:30 to 3:30 Resistance to the Attachment Message: Its Causes, Manifestations and How We Can Help

About the Workshops


From time to time every child experiences something frightening, sad or painful.

Difficult feelings, even post-traumatic stress, can sometimes linger and resurface. These days there is so much information available about what helps children develop – but sometimes this information can be a little scary. We feel ever more pressured as parents to ‘get it right’. Many parents are worried by the implications of the new child-development sciences, and wonder fretfully: ‘have I caused some damage to my child?’

There are simple but very powerful steps we can take as parents to help our children to heal from the wounds and disappointments life sometimes brings. How do we help our children to heal, grow and move through?

In this workshop for parents, grandparents, child-carers, teachers and health practitioners, we will look at topics such as:

  • Healing hurts that happened before your child learned to speak.
  • Helping babies, toddlers, children and adolescents with their BIG emotions.
  • Helping children at the heart level – even when there are painful circumstances beyond our control.
  • Dealing with anger and blame.
  • Parent-guilt: why we feel guilty sometimes, and how to let go and open up to learning new ways of relating.


RESISTANCE TO THE ATTACHMENT MESSAGE: Its Causes, Manifestations, and How We Can Help

I think it is fair to say that today, the academic world accepts the primacy of early life attachment as foundational for human health and wellbeing, and as a cornerstone of loving relationships. Certainly there is diversity of opinion on fine detail, but the centrality of attachment rests on scientific terra firma. So, why then is the general culture and practice of early childhood health so slow to fully accept and adapt to something that is as irrefutable as it is helpful? Good quality evidence-based information abounds, and yet, from the doctor’s surgery through the childcare center to the family home, the rate of uptake of attachment-based practice is patchy. Up-to-date information is sometimes embraced but often resisted and ignored. Sectors of media, practitioners and public sometimes ignore, dismiss, trivialize and even attack – with surprising passion – the evidence as it continues to mount up. In the era of attachment, why are we not already an attachment-friendly society? Who is putting the brakes on, and why? And most importantly, what can we as parents and practitioners do to help?

In this seminar I wish to share my insights and perspectives, based on:

  • feed-back (including negative!) from readers of my articles and books
  • the experiences of clients in my private psychotherapy practice
  • the personal struggles shared by hundreds of attendees to my workshops around Australia and overseas.

We will be exploring deeply psychological as well as practical and economic reasons for public resistance to attachment, and examining practical and effective strategies for softening barriers, and supporting parents in need or anxiety; as well as practitioners, teachers and carers who are wrestling with doubt.

Topics to be covered include:

  • What is healthy attachment, in a nutshell?
  • Is childhood all about attachment? If not, what else is there?
  • Can the nuclear family model satisfy attachment needs?
  • Can early childhood attachment co-exist with gender equality and feminine power?
  • The role of parent-guilt and parent-shame in resistance to learning and change
  • The role of our own childhood (emotional) memory, in resistance to learning and change
  • Economic and political obstacles to change
  • Practical, empathic and supportive strategies for educators and practitioners (friends and neighbours too!) to assist individuals who are made anxious by the new child development information.

In this 2-hour workshop, there will be ample time for discussion and Q&A.

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December 14, 2013
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, CAPPA
2144 Buford Highway Suite 111
Buford, GA 30518 United States
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