24 May,  Thursday       Masterclasses, Workshops, Lectures

In the Moscow pedagogical state institute
Faculty of pedagogic and psychology
Sub-faculty of   psychology of development of the person

Underground names “Tsvetnoi bulvar»
Malyi Sukharevskyi pereulok, 6

I Auditorium

9.00 – 10.30  -       
Michail Shvetsov, MD,  Russia

The health and the pregnancy.
It is possible relevance even in ÕÕI  ñentury?

The problem of the risk of preterm birth is the problem of neurosis disorders.
The negative role of muscular tension in the development of pregnancy complications and birth outcome. 
The kinds of effective psychotherapy in pregnancy.   
The body-oriented therapy offers solution of the problem of preterm birth
(back pain, pain in the lower part of abdomen, headache, sickness, vomiting, low birth weight infants).
Practical exercises in the field of body-oriented therapy for women with the risk of  preterm birth. 

10.45 – 12.15   -  
Rupert Linder, MD, Germany
Ludwig Janus, MD, Germany

Psychotherapy and Obstetrics: Practical Aspects

Pregnancy is a key point in the relationship between woman,
man and the following generation. It is a time of great internal
and external change. Under favourable circumstances expectant
mothers are, however, particularly sensitive and capable of
development. The well-being of the expectant mother within herself,
within her environment, within her family history and the number of
pregnancies she has experienced are of great significance for the
normal course of pregnancy. In this class practical medical and
psychotherapeutic interventions shall be shown for prevention
and treatment of psychosomatic diseases and psychological
crisis during pregnancy.

12.30 – 14.00      
Thomas Verny,  MD, DPsych, FRCPC, Canada

Pre & Perinatal perspectives in psychotherapy

The major premise of all insight-oriented therapies is that the
resolution of unconscious conflicts leads to improved mental health
and the disappearance of symptoms. A significant part of this process
of "making the unconscious conscious" - as Freud put it almost a hundred
years ago - involves the recovery of traumatic events. Until the advent of
Pre and Perinatal Psychology therapists who engaged in regressive work,
with some notable exceptions, never explored their clients lives before age two.
In this workshop we shall discuss the various approaches to working with
material that emerges in the course of psychotherapy and that is felt either
by the client or the therapist to have originated in their pre- or perinatal life.
By the word "material" I denote the whole gamut of verbal and non-verbal
communications between a client and their therapist manifested in dreams,
slips of the tongue, behavior, symptoms, interpersonal difficulties,
transference phenomena, etc.

Break  14.00 - 15.00 -

15.00 – 16.30 - 
Otwin Linderkamp,
 MD, Germany
Department of Neonatology, University of Heidelberg, Director of     
Neonatology  University of Heidelberg

Developmental Care of Premature Infants

         After birth, the premature infant is suddenly exposed to the
environment of a neonatal intensive care unit with high sound levels,
bright light, unpleasant odour and taste, frequent painful interventions
and undesired touch. In addition, the infant is not only severed from the
mother’s womb, but usually completely separated from the mother. Since
a substantial part of the brain maturation takes place between 23 to 40
weeks of gestation when the extremely immature preterm infant is cared
for in an intensive care unit, stress and lack of emotional support may
severely jeopardize brain maturation. Prevention of stress and inadequate
stimulation, family-centered care and stimulation of preterm infants by
intervention programs aim to improve parent-infant bonding and the
long-term development of the infant.

16.45 – 18.15 
Barbara Findeisen, USA
President of the Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology, and Health USA

The Evidence of Pre  and Perinatal Trauma in Adults

The evidence of early attachment experiences in shaping later individual behavior and responses is overwhelming. Pre and Perinatal trauma contribute to many psychological symptoms in adult clients. This class will explore these connections and therapeutic methods of working with them to create positive changes.

II Auditorium

9.00 – 10.30     Eva Maria Muller-Markfort, Germany  
Graduate Midwife, Prenatal Psychology

10.45 – 12.15   Benig Mauger, Ireland

Birth And The Soul    Healing birth workshop

Soul and family patterns are transmitted to us in the womb and our birth is a
formative experience. Highlighting the ‘loss of soul’ due to our modern medicalised
way of birth, Benig will explain how birth is a soul experience for both mother and child,
and how negative birth experiences can be healed and transformed. Outlining the impact
prenatal life, birth and early parenting has on our psyches, Benig brings her experience as
a Jungian psychotherapist, Birth teacher and mother to help those working with childbirth
to develop the therapeutic skills necessary to help others transform birth.
In this workshop you will Understand the psychological impact of birth and prenatal life

  • Learn how our adult relationships bear the mark of our first relationship.
  • Understand the significance of both parents to a child s inner development.
  • Learn ways of healing and transforming birth wounds
  • Help prepare women create fulfilling and empowering births.

12.30 – 14.00    Shamil    Tashaev, Russia

Remembrances of pregnant women about childbirths of their own
(Trans condition training)

The Scientific-Research Institute of Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology in Saint Petersburg (Russia)

It is not infrequently for a prenatal psychologist to face the challenge of increased anxiety and/or,
on the contrary, the pregnant women’s excessive euphoria. This phenomenon is especially observed with those giving birth for the first time, although such conditions are met with the women being repeatedly pregnant. Naturally, the psychologist strives to bring a pregnant woman out of the condition of both increased anxiety and excessive euphoria. One of the most effective methods to do it and to recover psyche’s stable condition including pregnant women is to teach a person to do autogenic immersion into his/her trans-condition. The trans-condition’s immersion allows recurring any event from the past to his/her memory including the process of woman’s own childbirth. Our experience shows that the process of pregnant women’s reminiscences of their own childbirths helps women acquire adequate psyche mood concerning their pregnancy development and their positive attitude towards the birth process.  At the same time, their increased anxiety and excessive euphoria disappear.

Break 14.00 -15.00

15.00 – 16.30  and  16.45 – 18.15     Franz Renggl, Switzerland

My Baby Work

III Auditorium

9.00 – 10.30    Elena Tonetti, USA

Birth into Being

This film was created as a woman-to-woman personal conversation. I created it with the desire to share my knowledge with my daughter.  But it turned out as a film I wish I myself could’ve seen during and even before my pregnancy with my daughter.  In fact, I realized that my true wish was for my mother to have seen this film before she got pregnant with me.  Even my grandmother… if she’d seen this film, she would have paved a way for my mother to give birth to me with grace and dignity.
That made me realize that this film is truly for everyone, not just pregnant women (or just women.).
One of the most important things to remember when dealing with birth is that it is a major spiritual experience.  It is not merely a mechanical or physical extraction of the baby’s body out of the mother’s body.  Birth is an emotional and psychological experience that either sets the world as a right place to be for the new person, or as a painful undesirable place of suffering.
There is an enormous body of research accumulated in the last 20 years in the field of prenatal psychology that demonstrates loud and clear the direct correlation between the quality of our gestation and birth, and the quality of our experience of living in the body. 
Sometimes even if there is no external or physical damage to the baby’s body from severe birth trauma, (use of forceps, c-section, use of drugs, etc.) the psychological and emotional impact of the suffering introduced during the primal period is enormous.
Please see www. birthpsycology.com for in-depth articles and statistics on the subject.
The second thesis of the film is that most birth complications are avoidable. It is much easier to prevent complications than to deal with them as they occur during labor and birth. 
The main ways of prevention are:
A. Both parents healing their own birth trauma.
B. Minimizing the number of people present and any intrusions at birth. Anyone who carries anxiety from their own birth will inevitably unconsciously project it onto the birthing field, no matter how professionally skilled or well-intentioned they are.  This could prolong labor and cause complications.
C. Relaxed state of being during pregnancy and birth. (Minimizing stress level.)
D. Proper nutrition.
E. Optimal postural skills, healthy movement habits, balanced physical strength and endurance.
F. Water birth is very helpful in conserving and pacing the output of energy throughout labor and birth.  It is extremely helpful but is not an absolute necessity for a successful natural birth.

10.45 – 12.15        Klaus Evertz, Germany

Images from pre- and perinatal spaces in culture, art and arttherapy – prenatal aesthetic

In art we discover a lot of symbols and patterns, which show a deep understanding of the preverbal times. In this workshop I will show a lot of images, which are leading us in the basic structure of our feelings. Art is a kind of conciousness in aesthetic forms of the whole fundamental conditions of being, which are the ground of our cognitive systems.
The origin of images: the workshop attempts to formulate several theories concerning the synaesthetic origin of visual perceivable images and inner re-presentations and to provide support for these theories using examples from the field of art history, aestehtics, development psychology and art therapy. The fundamental mode of human perception is thus to be regarded as a synaesthetic continuum of perception, a mode which develops before birth and from which the individual sensory areas are derived after birth without the early foundation ever being lost.

12.30 – 14.00     Galina Filippova, Elena Pechnikova, Russia

Complex medical and psychological model of maintenance of the reproductive health of the family

Medical and psychological diagnostics of features of reproductive sphere of members of the family. Development of the individual programs of support of a reproductive cycle and correction of the reproductive  problems of the family. Realization of the medical, psychological, physiotherapeutic actions.  Expert’s Consultations. Screening diagnostic of the accompaniment of the pregnancy.


Benig Mauger is a Jungian psychotherapist,
birth teacher and workshop leader.
A writer, lecturer and pioneer in pre-and perinatal psychology,
she is the author of ‘Songs from the Womb-Healing the Wounded Mother’
and Reclaiming Father-The Search for Wholeness in Men, Women and Children.
A member of the ISPPM she maintains a private practice in Ireland and travels
internationally to teach, lecture and run workshops.

     Does our Prenatal and Birth Experience affect the way we go on to live our lives?

      Songs from the Womb suggests that it does. In a groundbreaking and highly readable book, Benig Mauger places birth and life in the womb as a formative soul experience creating patterns we carry with us into laterlife. The book also highlights the 'loss of soul' encountered by many due to our modern medicalised way of birth which strips nature of its spiritual dimension. Drawing on her work as a Jungian psychotherapist, the author takes the reader into the therapy room to witness the healing of birth wounds.

     Based on her experience as a birth teacher, therapist and mother, the author writes about the joys and the pains of giving birth and being born through real life/birth stories. Here are the stories of joyful anticipation in pregnancy; of the heartache of mothers and their babies at birth, and of the healing of birth wounds.

      The Wounded Mother is an archetypal energy in us all, and Songs from the Womb suggests we may need to question certain aspects of modern birth practice so as to heal soul wounds that have become so prevalent today.


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