MeAIMH 33rd CONFERENCE: You Shape Me

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     October 7, 2022
     8:15 am - 3:45 pm

MeAIMH BellyYou Shape Me
Where Our Story Begins

October 7, 2022 8:15 AM – 3:45 PM
Lake Region Vocational Center
1879 Roosevelt Trail A
Naples, Maine 04055

Featuring: Pam Caron, MSN, LSW, PPNE

With Guest Presenters:
Michael Trout, MA
Susan Highsmith, PhD
Barbara Decker, HBCE, PPNE, BA

“How we are welcomed into this world matters and influences us for the rest of our lives. Birth Psychology is a field of study that explores the lifelong impact of our earliest conscious awareness beginning in the womb. Our pregnancy, birth, and attachment experiences have an ongoing and cascading effect on shaping our adult lives. These foundational relationships, in turn, impact our world in a profound way.” APPPAH 2021

Pam Caron has over 35 years of experience working with children and their families. She is a pre and perinatal educator, a nurse, a licensed social worker, a certified lactation consultant, infant mental health specialist, and parent educator. She is an early childhood teacher and an early childhood occupations instructor. Pam serves as adjunct faculty in early childhood and is an early childhood consultant. She is a Reiki master and prenatal/early childhood yoga instructor. Being a mom and a grandmother are her greatest gifts. She loves her life’s work. She believes this incredible journey is fostered through connection from the very beginning, prior to conception.

Michael Trout has been in the mental health field since 1968, and in private practice since 1979. Mr. Trout directs an institute engaged in research, clinical practice and clinical training related to problems of attachment.
Barbara Decker is a 50 year veteran of Childbirth Education. She transitioned to Hypnobirthing and is a doula, Master Hypnobirthing Teacher Trainer, and a Prenatal Perinatal Eduator (APPPAH).
Susan Highsmith is an author, counselor, and educator holding a PhD in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology as well as a Doctorate in Divinity. She has writen four books designed to be read to babies in the womb.
More information will be in conference packets.

• Participants will define birth psychology and principles that nurture human potential and optimize relationationship from the beginning.
• Participants will discuss their role in babies’ narratives from preconception through the prenatal period.
• Participants will discuss the prenatal mental life of mothers intending to relinquish their babies and of the babies lying inside, waiting to be relinquished.
• Participants will discuss the learning capabilities of babies in the womb and the value of parents reading to them in the womb.
• Participants will describe the sentience of our babies in the womb and how the mother’s mental state and regulation can improve the outcome of the baby’s challenges.

Registration is $150.00 for non-members and $135.00 for MeAIMH members and Conference Sponsors. Lunch is included. University of Maine and Psychology CEUs will be available. All participants will receive a certificate for 4.0 contact hours.

8:15 – 8:45 Registration
8:45 – 9:00 Michael Sandberg: Welcome and History of Infant Mental Health in Maine
9:00 – 10:45 Pam Caron: A Look at Birth Psychology Principles Through a Baby’s Narrative
10:45 -11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Michael Trout: The Power of the Prenatal Mother-Baby Bond and Adoption
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Susan Highsmith
Storytelling: a Tool to Enhance Bonding with Babies
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:15 Barbara Decker: How Love Can Conquer Possible Challenges of Babies in the Womb
3:15 – 3:45 What Now? Practical Implications

Conference Brocure PDF