Talking to friends and colleagues in Germany about the experience I had at APPPAH's 2009 conference, my enthusiasm is still breathtaking, even two month later. It was really stunning to me, as I never before experienced such a genuine fabric of important new information, a respectful and heartfelt dealing with this knowledge. and the encouragement to spread the news into the world. The congress topic melted perfectly into the nature of Asilomar Conference Grounds.
What a wonderful Congress we had in April and thanks to all you who attended. We know many of you were there in spirit also. There is no doubt in my mind that APPPAH creates some powerful magic when we get together. As we move forward there are some things I'd like to ask of you. For us to grow as an organization we need great communication. Please take a minute and fill out your membership information on the member's side of our website, www.birthpsychology.com. This way we can all get in touch with each other. I am also looking for volunteers to be on a membership team. If you are interested, contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The time commitment is one phone conference call a month. And finally, please encourage one friend or colleague to join APPPAH. That action alone will double our membership and allow us to function with financial ease.
This was, for this loyal member, one of the best APPPAH congresses ever, from both a content and a venue perspective. But one concurrent session stood out for me: Gerhard Schroth's presentation on Saturday morning, "Trans-Generational Impacts of Prenatal Violence: A Case Study in Bonding Analysis." My reserved Scot heritage—and, perhaps, my own analytic training in the rich heydays of that world at the University of Michigan—probably played a part in my appreciating so much this German psychoan- alyst's reserve, his clarity, and the modesty of his claims.