The Pre-Congress Workshop is a separate paid event prior the Congress and is not included with Congress registration.

Pre-Congress Workshop 1:

Presentation Part A: Kelduyn Garland, "Factors in Neonatal BondingAttachment"


Presentation Part B: Ray Castellino and Mary Jackson, "The Social Nervous System, Connection, Blueprint and Clinical Application in Prenatal and Birth Therapy"

Check-in: 07:45am - Please be seated by 08:00am

Workshop: 08:00am- 5:00pm (Presentation Part A: 08:00am-12:00pm, Presentation Part B: 1:00- 5:00pm)

8-Hour Certificate Training–Level One (two presentations of 4 hours each= 8-Hour Certificate Training)
Open to professionals and families

Available CE Credits
ACOG   [medical]  
CES      [mental / behavioral health]
ICEA     [childbirth educator / doula]   
NBCMB [massage therapy / bodywork]
IMUSA   [infant massage]

Presentation Part A: Kelduyn Garland, "Factors in Neonatal BondingAttachment", 08:00am- 12:00pm

Brief Bio: Kelduyn R Garland, PhD, is a body-mind psychotherapist, consultant and educator, specializing in reproductive, pre & perinatal bonding-attachment issues, dynamics, and trauma, as well as geriatric mental health during the past five decades. Her work is in supporting people in BIRTHING IN, BIRTHING WITHIN, and BIRTHING OUT of their life.

Title of Presentation: "Factors in Neonatal BondingAttachment"

Brief Description of Presentation: The interrelationship & interdependence between physiological and psychological aspects of being human, and concerns regarding BondingAttachment issues and dynamics are presented in terms of the quality of care and management given to newborns and the impact this care has on their ability to develop healthy attachments and personalities. These issues are addressed in relation to how newborns are physically handled at birth and the impact that this has on their physical / physiological and psychological development and well-being. Focus is on how the obstetrical and postpartum procedures affect the connective tissue that has been found to be not only physiological in substance but also psychological in nature.  This workshop is especially relevant for physicians, massage & body workers, and somatic therapists.


1.  Identify 3 characteristics / factor dynamics of newborn development that are present at birth.

2.  Identify at least 3 characteristics of connective tissue that impact the BondingAttachment process.

3.  Recognize 2 erroneous beliefs that underlie the alleopathic and traditional view of newborns.    

4.  Know the 3 developmental tasks of newborns.

5.  Able to discuss the BondingAttachment dynamics and process, as well as the factors influencing this process and impact on the ParentChild relationship.              

Selected Bibliography:

  1. Garland, KR.   “Factors in Neonatal Attachment: Physiological Effects of Neonatal Management”.   Keeping Abreast:  Journal of Human Nurturing.  3:4; Oct – Dec, 1978. Republished in Journal of Pre & Perinatal Psychology;  “Golden Oldie’s”  Series;  9:1;  Fall, 1994.  [w/ permission from Keeping Abreast:  Journal of Human Nurturing]
  2. “Factors in Neonatal Attachment: Newborns Are People, Too!” Keeping Abreast:  Journal of Human    Nurturing.  3:3;   July – September, 1978.
  3. Gardner, SL,  Garland, KR, et al.  "Neonates and the Environment: Impact on Development!'. Vol. 3,  Chapter 27  (1993)  &  Vol 2, Chapter 24 (1989);  in Merenstein and Gardner (eds): Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care.   St. Louis, Mo:  CV Mosby.
  4. Anand,  KJS &  Hickey, PR,  “Pain and its effects in the human neonate and fetus”.  Pre & Perinatal Psychology Journal;   3(2) 103 - 123.   1988.
  5. Schultz, RL.  "The Endless Web", Berkeley, CA:  North Atlantic Books,  1996

Presentation Part B: Ray Castellino and Mary Jackson, "The Social Nervous System, Connection, Blueprint and Clinical Application in Prenatal and Birth Therapy", 1:00pm- 5:00pm

Brief Bio: Dr. Ray Castellino, a retired Chiropractor, Craniosacral Therapist and Polarity Therapist is a respected practitioner, teacher, and clinical researcher. He is also an international leader in pre- and peri-natal somatic psychology and has been working with babies and adults with birth trauma since 1970. He is the director of the Castellino Prenatal and Birth Therapy Training for professionals and co-clinic director with Tara Blasco of BEBA (Building and Enhancing Bonding and Attachment) a non-profit family research clinic).

Brief Bio: Mary Jackson, the mother of 2 children who were born at home with midwives,  has been a home birth Midwife since 1975. She has attended over 2,500 births in the Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Ojai, California areas and is now attending the home births of her second generation of babies.  Mary has incorporated Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, the Castellino Prenatal and Birth Trainings and Somatic Experience work into her midwifery practice. Mary is participating in cutting edge research about imprints that occur around the time of conception, pregnancy and birth, how they affect us throughout the rest of our lives, and what it takes to heal from challenges in these experiences.  She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, President of the BEBA Clinic in Santa Barbara and Ojai, California and co-leads the Castellino prenatal and birth training.  She is also a Certified Castellino Process Workshop leader. Mary has been featured in 12 books and 5 movies.

Title of Presentation: "The Social Nervous System, Connection, Blueprint and Clinical Application in Prenatal and Birth Therapy"

Brief Description of Presentation: Ray Castellino and Mary Jackson will show how Pre and Perinatal Somatic/Psychology as a matrix for the emergence of healthy vibrant families, children and Adults. They will share the latest of how they prepare families for birth and follow up with them after birth. They will share with you how family energy fields emerge and provide optimal environments for the whole family. They will show video of family sessions that demonstrate thademonstrate their work. They will answer the question: How do family and birth practitioners need to be so that babies and families can emerge from traumatic early prenatal and birth experiences into vibrant, regulated, resourced families and individuals?

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