Journey through Parenting:
How the Past Affects the Present
A class suitable for parents, teachers, and caregivers of young children
Classes 1-5 have been scheduled for the following dates: June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19, 2023
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time
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Join Emily McCrea, Conscious Parent Coach & Educator and Inner Child Journey Guide, and Christianna Deichmann, CranioSacral Therapist and Pre and Perinatal Psychology Educator, for an exploration into parenting with more emotional connection to yourself and children in your care.
The course is designed for participants to discover meaningful ways to cultivate presence with children and themselves by bringing awareness to how the body and subconscious mind function in response to a child’s behaviors (stress). The course models Robin Grille’s Inner Child process. Participants learn the developmental phases all children experience and how to map back to their own past experiences that are presenting challenges in the parent-child relationship in the present time. These developmental phases, or Rites of Passage, are linked to the onset of specific emotional needs that are sequential and hierarchical in the neurophysiological development of a child.
Humans are biologically wired to be connected to our caregivers and emotional needs. Maladaptive strategies develop when our needs are not met. In these moments, experiences become stored as implicit memories lurking under the surface waiting to be triggered, or rather, waiting to be healed later in life. By attuning to these implicit memories, parents and caretakers can build a more coherent narrative around how their own personal upbringing and earliest experiences in life are influencing their parenting styles in the present time. We can learn how to repair ruptures in relationships and how to nurture and care for internal wounds.
This course provides you with a map to understand how the past affects the present. If you can understand what’s happening in the background of your body, and your psyche, then you can start to meet unmet needs in yourself and your child right now! By meeting needs, you become more resilient in your being and have more agency over your behaviors, beliefs, and relationships. You can unlock the power to change and possess greater capacity for joy, pleasure, and love. In turn, you are equipped to be more emotionally connected with the children in your care.
- Explore the principles of neuroscience, polyvagal theory, attachment, embodiment, and trauma-informed healing modalities.
- Equip participants with paradigm-shifting dialogue about Consciousness in the realm of parenting and teaching within the constructs of our schools and childcare systems.
- Learn techniques to cope with anxiety and stress in the home and school environments.
- Practice co-regulation skills and regulating “triggered” emotions.
- Identify common behavioral patterns in children and map these patterns to emotional needs and stages of development.
- Understand your own personal story and recognize areas in your life where your past is influencing maladaptive coping strategies in the present time.
The structure of class will include:
- Live Lectures, recorded for on-demand viewing
- Grounding practices and coping skills for managing stress
- Homework to vitalize the material between sessions
- Community to share your experience with others in the course
- Digital workbook to download as a resource and tool
Meet the Instructors!
Emily McCrea, Creator of Rebel Shift Childhood
Emily is the creator of Rebel Shift Childhood LLC. founder of Downtown Community School Inc. Certified TEACH through Love conscious parent-educator, certified Inner Child Process practitioner, Resilient-Heart-Trauma-Sensitive practitioner, long-time progressive educator and consultant, content creator, trainer, international speaker, LGBTQ youth ally, play-maker, emotional interpreter, and fierce advocate of children’s rights. Emily is neurodiverse and the mother of 2 children, 13 & 19.
Hear from Emily:
“I provide transformative mini-workshops, courses and one-on-one coaching and consulting to individuals, families, educators, schools and organizations.
Rebel Shift Childhood LLC. is dedicated to providing cutting-edge psycho education, honoring self-expression, providing supportive and inclusive cutting-edge support, with a neurologically sound approach that creates emotional safety and healthy sustainable relationships. Emily’s work and purpose is to interpret children’s needs and empower them to find their individual voices and to express their unique gifts. I specialize in supporting sensitive kids and their families. This work includes normalizing stress and identifying the root causes of tricky and troubling behavior. I work in tandem with other therapists to provide families and children robust support and healing for the whole family. I work in collaboration with schools and organizations facilitating community training, workshops, professional development, restructuring, mentoring and emotional support.
As an advocate and family/school liaison/IEP support specialist for sensitive and gifted kids. I identify and advocate for children’s emotional needs and feelings and assist in helping educators decipher troubling and confusing behavior. I offer an alternative to talk therapy and provide crisis support to families. I will work in tandem with other practitioners and therapists to create a robust support plan.”
Christianna Deichmann, Owner of Balanced Bodies Wellness Clinic
BCST® , Certified Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Educator
Hear from Christianna:
“My passion has always centered on how I can nurture whole brain functionality, and in turn be the master of my own destiny, invoke resilience and courage to evolve and step into a higher level of consciousness. Becoming a parent initiated my desire to help change the world.
I love uniting science and spiritual wisdom together to better understand the invisible dynamics of life, relationships, suffering, and health. My experiences draw from Eastern and Western medicine traditions, as well as esoteric teachings. Awareness is the first step to healing, and this book is one way I can participate in the revolutionary paradigm shift taking place in our world right now by helping parents discover how their past defines the present in their Family Field. I help parents explore how deeper self-understanding helps raise children who thrive.
As a psychosomatic therapist, I have particular interest in helping parents discover how their presence shapes who their kids become and how their brains get wired. I help empower parents to accelerate their progression, integrate trauma, and build coherency to create their ultimate life.”
Welcome to Journey through Parenting! Our course over the next 5 weeks will provide you with the latest research and therapeutic tools to provide systemic change within you and your family dynamics, or classroom. This class is experiential and meant to provide you with a path to deeper self-discovery and understanding of how you arrived with your parenting beliefs and why you behave the way you do in response to your children’s behaviors. Our world needs connected relationships more than ever. Healing is a journey not a destination, our work is ongoing, and with the right tools to navigate, we find it’s an incredible journey of self discovery. Together we can pave the way towards a new future.
Class 1 Topics:
- Inner Child Journey: Learning the Five Steps
- Circle of Safety
- Naming Emotional Needs
- Somatic Awareness Skills
- Defining Autonomic Nervous System Regulation Skills
Stress is a normal part of life, yet many of us struggle to actually move through and work through negative stress in sustainable ways. Learning to navigate adversity and regulate stress in our bodies and minds is the most important skill we can learn, and it’s an ongoing process.
Class 2 Topics
- States of the autonomic nervous system: social, sympathetic, and the parasympathetic
- Definition of unresolved trauma and impact of trauma on the nervous system
- Implicit memory and “triggers”
- Regulation exercises to manage stress and shift states of being in the nervous system
Week 3 builds upon everything we have learned about the autonomic nervous system and how our emotional needs feed into the actual states our nervous system takes on to function, while taking into consideration our Inner Dialogue, otherwise known as our Ego. We look at how our ego may be disconnecting us from our child’s needs based on our own unmet needs.
Class 3 Topics:
- Developmental Stages of Babies, Children & Adolescents
- How the brain stores memory and build narratives
- The Inner Critic
- Polyvagal Theory
- Compassionate Communication Skills
- Boundary Setting
All humans have egos, or the Inner Dialogue, that tells stories based on our past experiences. This module addresses how to bring awareness to the Inner Dialogue and separate from this voice. Through this process of building vagal tone and resiliency in the nervous system, we have the ability to witness the stories before we react to them. We can learn to pause between stimulus and our response mechanism. We can learn to map feelings to our emotional responses and discover our core emotional needs.
Class 4 Topics:
- Emotions versus Feelings
- 5 Rites of Passage for a Developing Infant, Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult as defined by Robin Grille
- Four Sensitive Parenting Topics: Sleep, Transition Times, Eating, Potty Training
The last module integrates everything from previous modules and allows for parents/caretakers to share stories, ask questions, and reflect upon what they have learned in class. We spend considerable time practicing body psychotherapy techniques.
Class 5 Topics:
- Embodiment Exercises to bring about healing
- Window of Tolerance
- Mantras for Inner Child Healing
- Tools to Reparent Ourselves
How can I access this class?
This is an online workshop which requires access to Zoom in order to participate. Once you are registered, an email will be sent prior to each session with a Zoom link for access.
Will recordings be available after the live sessions?
Yes, recordings will be available to session registrants only within the course, for a limited time.
Class recordings are available on-demand, along with an enriching digital workbook housing informative videos, class content, and journaling prompts.
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Are refunds available?
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