Expired Bright Beginnings: Prenatal Component Training

This one-day workshop prepares participants to implement the Bright Beginnings Prenatal Component for expectant mothers.  The Bright Beginnings Parenting Program is a comprehensive, research-based  curriculum of group discussions and parent-child activities designed to help parents and/or caregivers promote their children’s mental health and school readiness.

The Prenatal Component consists of six sessions of discussions and activities for pregnant women.  The focus is on developing a strong bond with their unborn child and promoting helpful support systems during pregnancy and the postpartum period.  Each of the six prenatal sessions is focused on a theme and includes a centering/mindfulness activity.  The themes are:  (1) The Story of the Pregnancy, (2) Physical Changes, (3) Emotional Changes, (4) Getting to Know the Baby, (5) Reactions of Others, and (6) Support and Preparation for Delivery.

Learning Objectives:

  • To list and hold the contradictions of the joys and challenges of pregnancy
  • To hone group work skills to be able to skillfully facilitate a group discussion
  • To be able to lead centering/mindfulness activities

Date / Time:

Thursday, July 18, 2024
9:30 am–4:00 pm


Martha E. Edwards, PhD is Founder and Director of the Center for the Developing Child and Family and creator of the Bright Beginnings Parent-Child Program. As a psychologist, family therapist, and researcher, she has focused on integrating theory and practice from the areas of family systems, developmental neurobiology, and psychoanalysis. She also develops clinical and preventive interventions for children and their families. She received the 2015 award from the American Family Therapy Academy for “Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy.” She presents nationally and internationally and maintains a private practice in New York City. She has served as Board Member and Vice-President for the American Family Therapy Academy. Currently she is a Board Member and Program Chair for the NY Zero to Three Network, and advisory editor for Family Process.

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  • July 18, 2024
    9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Martha E. Edwards, PhD

5.5 CE Contact Hours

Location:   Ackerman Institute for the Family

936 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, New York, 10010, United States

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