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2 Year Online Training in Prenatal, Birth & Attachment Psychology - Cohort 2, Year 1

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2 Year Online Training in Prenatal, Birth & Attachment Psychology

Cohort 2, Year 1

This training integrates knowledge from neuroscience, epigenetics, attachment, somatic and trauma informed psychology, and offers straight-forward and effective activity guides and tools for parents and a wide range of professionals who work with babies, children or adults.

This training is suited for people who have some prior training in psychology, education or healthcare. It is ideal for therapists, teachers, bodyworkers, birth workers, midwives, physicians, lactation consultants, yoga teachers, and other care providers who want to develop a deeper understanding of how our earliest experiences impact health, and inform their current work with an understanding of how to prevent and resolve trauma in the preconception - early childhood period (from Myrna Martin).

The course includes

  • 10 online video modules (5 - 10 hours per module)
  • 20 live video conference discussions
  • 10 personal sessions (online or in Berkeley)
  • Check-in buddies
  • Private Facebook group
  • Full access to all webinars offered at the Prenatal, Birth & Attachment Clinic in 2019-2020

This training is paced so that you can integrate the material as we go and learn how to apply it in your personal and professional lives. There will be 2 live video conference discussions per module, so there is plenty of time to explore the material and its application, share questions, and practice the tools and exercises. This combination of self-study and group discussion is designed to provide support as you integrate the material and associated skills. Upon completion you will receive a Certificate of Completion, for both Year 1 and Year 2.


Check out this introductory webinar to learn more



Dates and times coming soon! We will arrange it so it works with various time zones and schedules.


Year 1: Modules 1-5, January - November 2019

Module 1: Attachment

"This module covers the attachment process from preconception (epigenetics) through age 2. Primary themes are connection/separation. the new understanding of interpersonal neurobiology and the development of emotional and social intelligence through attunement and resonance are central. We will explore different attachment styles in children and adults and delineate specific tools for resourcing, resolving and repatterining attachment trauma in newborns, children and adults." - from Myrna Martin

Module 2: Preconception & Conception Journey

"The embryology and imprinting in this period is delineated and related to attachment/self regulation and co regulation. We will discuss skills of orienting, tracking and titrating autonomic nervous system cycling, modulating therapeutic pace, and recognizing the therapeutic leading edge. Establishing healthy differentiation and connection within a clear boundary structure will be part of the module." - from Myrna Martin

Module 3: Vaginal Birth

"This module includes the vaginal birth process, birth stages, pelvic types, cranial molding, birth movement patterns and an introduction to complications. We will outline simple yet effective ways for babies, children, and adults to heal from difficult vaginal births. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own birth passage." - from Myrna Martin

Module 4: Chemical & Surgical Imprinting During Birth

"A minority of babies in our culture are currently birthed with no chemical or surgical interventions. Chemical imprinting includes prenatal drug exposure, anesthesia, analgesics, and induction drugs. Surgical imprinting refers to forceps, vacuum extraction, cesarean section, and other prenatal and infant surgery. We will explore the effects of chemical imprinting on the natural birthing process. As well, Myrna will delineate the effects of surgical and chemical imprinting on prenates and babies' psyches, movement patterns, physical structure, energy patterns and the central and autonomic nervous systems. Healing tools will be discussed." - from Myrna Martin

Module 5: Ancestral Double Binds

"Double bind imprints create the most complex dynamics in the pre and perinatal period. They amplify counter transference/transference issues and complications in facilitating families, couples and groups. In this module we will explore ancestral influences on individuation/connection, and merging dynamics (in pre and perinatal work we call this 'twin dynamics'). Twin embryonic and placental development, and prenatal twin loss are correlated with twin behavior later in life. An extensive home project will be suggested for everyone. Treatment models will be explored." - from Myrna Martin


Year 2: Modules 6-10, January - November 2020

Module 6: Working with Couples

"We are just beginning to understand the dynamics of long term couple relationships. The last decade has given us new knowledge about the psychobiological processes and the reciprocity of early developmental relational experiences and our developing brain. Attachment theory and the neuroscience of emotional connection is shedding new light in this mysterious arena. This Module delineates the dynamics of couples interaction and suggests effective tools for working with these issues." - from Myrna Martin

Module 7: Working with Infants

"We review epigenetics, and the effects of toxic stress on the prenate and infant in terms of brain and attachment development. Birth practices and their impacts, along with tools for supporting families in resolution are included. This is a really “RICH, BIG” module." - from Myrna Martin

Module 8: Pregnancy Loss & Assisted Reproductive Technology

"This module focuses on healing from pregnancy loss, be that miscarriage, stillborn or abortion. We will delineate ways to honour both the baby’s and the parents experience, and discuss some prevention strategies. ART frequency has increased dramatically in the past decade. The different forms of ART, and their outcomes for babies and parents are delineated, with support tools." - from Myrna Martin

Module 9: Prematurity

"Prematurity around the world has increased dramatically in the last 15 years, and has a huge negative impact on the . baby’s outcomes for the future. The baby’s and parents’ experiences are outlined, in the varieties of neonatal intensive cares, and positive suggestions for supporting the infant and parents vest best outcomes are included. Video clips bring this home to our hearts." - from Myrna Martin

Module 10: Adoption & Foster Care

"This module addresses the adoption triangle of biological parents, adoptees and adopting parents and their dynamics. Assessment of attachment development and support strategies for both adoptees and foster children is a large section. Video clips of sessions make the material come alive." - from Myrna Martin

10 Personal Sessions/Supervision (online or in Berkeley)

1 personal session (1 hr) per module, scheduled anytime during the 2 month time period for that module. Sessions will be with either Elsa or Chanti.



$400 deposit, and then $160/month from January - November (total $2,000). If you wish to pay in full: $1900 (email us directly for the link:

The increase in tuition allows us to offer greater scholarships for students who come from systemically oppressed people. Thank you for your support. 


If you come from systemically oppressed people, please email us to inquire about a scholarship,



Elsa Asher and Chanti Smith are the co-founders of the Prenatal, Birth & Attachment Clinic, and have been working together since 2012. 

Elsa Asher, MS, CD(DONA)

elsa asher

Elsa Asher is a prenatal, birth and attachment therapy practitioner, trained by Myrna Martin in her 700-Hour 3 year practitioner training; womb surround birth process workshop facilitator; full-spectrum doula; Narrative Medicine faulty; workshop facilitator; and storytelling artist. Elsa holds a Masters of Science degree in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University, is an Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health Educator and Board Member; teaches at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Columbia University and Dominican University; and is currently in the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy training at Colorado School of Energy Studies with John and Anna Chitty and the advanced bodyworker training Body into Being with Ray Castellino and Anna Chitty. 


Chanti Smith, CPM, LM, SEP

Chanti is a midwife; advanced prenatal, birth and attachment therapy practitioner, trained by and assistant to Ray Castellino and assistant to Myrna Martin in her 3 year training; womb surround facilitator; somatic experiencing® practitioner; holistic pelvic care® practitioner; prenatal yoga and embodied anatomy yoga teacher; massage therapist specializing in biodynamic craniosacral therapy, acupressure and body mind centering®; infant massage instructor; lactation specialist; and western trained herbalist. Chanti is also an Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health {APPPAH} Mentor, Trainer, and Educator. Chanti is committed to bringing perinatal psychology into birthing communities through teaching workshops and professional education, and supporting families and individuals locally, and globally via online sessions and offerings.