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

Pre-Congress Workshop 2:

Pre and Perinatal Psychology 101

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

Workshop: 08:00am- 5:00pm

8-Hour Certificate Training–Level One
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]

Workshop Host: Kate White

Brief Bio: Kate White, MA, CMT, CEIM, SEP is a massage and craniosacral therapist who specializes in working with babies and their families.  She has extensive training in working with families during the childbearing year, especially prenatal and perinatal health, trauma resolution, birth, breastfeeding, and bonding/attachment. She is currently the Director of Education at APPPAH, Director of the Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs, and owns a private bodywork practice in Charlottesville, VA.

Brief Description of Workshop: Are you interested in knowing more about pre and perinatal psychology (PPN)?  This workshop, designed for interested health-care providers like yourself, gives a great overview of PPN. Come join us ...


  • Opening remarks and introductions by Host, Kate White
  • Introduction to PPN Psychology, Susan Highsmith
  • Epigenetics, Polyvagal Theory, Somatics, PPNE Program, Kate White
  • The Trauma of Birth: Prevention & Treatment, William Emerson
  • The Sacred Hour, Raylene Phillips
  • Panel Q &A
  • Closing Visualization, Susan Highsmith

Other Faculty for Workshop:

Susan Highsmith Brief Bio: Susan Highsmith, Ph.D. is an educator and counselor residing in Tucson, Arizona. She received her doctorate from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute (SBGI). She instructs masters and doctoral candidates, lectures at universities, community colleges, and charter schools, and speaks at international congresses on the new field of prenatal and perinatal psychology. Susan is a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC). She holds a Doctorate of Divinity from the American Institute of Holistic Theology, seeking to balance psychological theory and practice with spiritual and holistic wisdom.

William Emerson Brief Bio: William R. Emerson, Ph.D., is a workshop leader, writer, lecturer, and pioneer in the field of pre and perinatal psychology. He is President of APPPAH, the US educational corporation representing professionals and individuals interested in pre- and perinatal psychology. He is among the first in the world to develop prenatal and perinatal treatment methods for infants and children, is a renowned expert in treatment methods for adults, and is recognized world-wide for his contributions. He is the author of 5 self-published books 15 published chapters and journal articles in the field of pre and perinatal psychology. He is also the writer and producer of four video programs. He holds graduate degrees from Vanderbilt and San Jose State Universities, graduating with honors. He has held university appointments as Honorary Faculty, Director of Clinical Training, International Lecturer, and Assistant Professor of Psychology. As an acknowledgment of his contributions to psychology, he received an honorary fellowship from the US National Science Foundation. Dr. Emerson practiced psychotherapy for 25 years, specializing in regression therapy, and lectured domestically and internationally on these topics. Dr. Emerson is retired from the practice of psychotherapy and is currently conducting training seminars, personal workshops, and finishing a book on trauma caused by the maternity care system (publication date is Aug. 2011), as well as conducting training programs in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Raylene Phillips Brief Bio: After raising three children as a stay-at-home mother, Dr. Phillips received a Masters degree in Developmental Psychology, became NIDCAP certified as an Infant Developmental Specialist, and then attended medical school at University of California, Davis, graduating in 2004.  She completed her pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in Loma Linda, CA and is currently an attending neonatologist in the NICU at the same hospital as well as Medical Director of Newborn Nursery at Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta. Dr. Phillips is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and is a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.  She is the current President of the National Perinatal Association.  Her primary areas of interest are mother-infant attachment, breastfeeding education and support, and Family-Centered Neuroprotective Care of premature infants in the NICU. 


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