Carrying practitioner training
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Nurture specialist consultants have a width and breadth of knowledge of what human beings need to feel connected and nurtured. Using the science of the human brain and our psychology we can teach ancient practices passed within communities for generations before the changing of our societies. The best part is that we insist upon evidence and so base the practices we teach on scientifically sound research.
You will be able to support and educate parents on all forms of nurturing touch, including infant massage (and beyond) for relief, development, connection and stimulation. But this isn’t all. You will bring practices of relaxation, regulation of the mind, containment of the body and movement and position (sometimes called yoga) of the body together to create a truly nurturing experience.
The best part is that we don’t stop at 12 months. these nurturing practices can be developed and adapted as families grow and so we offer the full package, even touching on nurturing other adults in our relationships.
You can read a full outline of the training course below.
You will have access to our frameworks that ensure that parents are given the tools to make individual choices for their family now and in the future. We are educators, consultants and specialists, but not experts. We support and educate humans so they can become better experts in each other for calmer relationships.
This is not a consultancy course. If you are already a consultant, you can offer a consultation service, or you can train as a consultant separately. As a CalmFamily carrying practitioner, you are certified to support parents like a peer supporter, and offer our structured education programme. The programme includes:
The training process
You will study modules online, covering:
Anyone who joins CalmFamily as a leader at any level must first study our 10 core modules providing them with a basic understanding of human beings, and our approach to working with families, and leading for change. Once complete, specialist modules in one or more areas can be studied alongside our interactive training events. If you have studied the core modules before, you can choose whether to revisit them, or just study the new specialist modules for the specialism you are adding to your repertoire. You will also be given an optional literature review section for each specialism that you do. We have a number of accessible ways of undertaking this, or you can choose not to if this is not your preferred way of learning.
Core CalmFamily modules
A relatively quick module that takes you through the history, structure, values, approach and programmes within CalmFamily, including information about our projects in development.
In this module you will gain understanding of the social, legal, political, historical and anthropological concepts surrounding child-bearing, childhood and family life. You will also consider the complexity of the concept of family in our modern society and how this impacts practice.
A brief introduction to the body systems forming a basic understanding needed for other modules that involve discussion of things such as hormones and digestion.
A brief introduction to developmental neuroscience, the evolutionary process that created the human brain and factors influencing the development of the brain, and how motivation works.
This module provides the basic theories of developmental and social psychology including attachment, human needs, motivation and resilience.
In this module we look in depth at the science of the senses, looking at the most up-to-date concepts of the 5 external senses, the 3 internal senses and the balance of regulation.
In this module you will study the neurological and physiological processes of sleep, what is normal for humans and the issues society faces in this regard.
We will also look at the science of the different states of relaxation according to various schools of thought and research.
In this module we examine the basics of nutritional biology, human infant feeding, introducing solid foods, how humans intuitively eat, and the science of taste.
This module covers the fundamental principles of the CalmFamily frameworks for:
- Calmer relationships
- Trouble-shooting human needs
- Mental regulation
- Sensory regulation
- Emotional regulation
- Repairing relationship ruptures
- Learning and development
Everyone who joins CalmFamily to educate and support for a calmer future is a leader. In this module we explore what this means, how to do this authentically for you, and what bravery really means, especially when you rarely feel brave. We also talk about some important business stuff that is practically very helpful.
Carrying practitioner modules
In this introductory module, you will be introduced to the CalmFamily as an organisation, and the values that we hold together with Slingababy. We will provide an understanding of what and how you will learn with us, our approach to working with families, and what it means to be a CalmFamily leader.
This module introduces you to the subject of carrying humans. This includes:
- An historical and anthropological basis for carrying
- The importance of carrying
- The culture of carrying
In this module we will take a closer look at the humans with whom we work. We seek to understand:
- The context of parenting today
- Inclusivity in carrying
- Parents, carers and other carrying people
- Babies, children and other carried people.
Within this you will learn about the physical neurological, and psychological development of children from birth to five years.
In this module we cover positioning of babies and toddlers when being carried in arms, and how this is replicated in slings, and how we can move and handle babies and children in ways that support calm, and optimises their development.
This module covers safety whilst carrying in arms and in any sling or carrier in detail. We look at:
- The complex nature of safety and risk assessment
- Analysing the safety advice on offer to parents
- Understanding what is, and is not about safety
- How we can keep safety simple for families
- Our safety and development checking and how we teach this.
In this module we will give you a good understanding of the different types of carrying tools available, including:
- Soft-structured ergonomic buckle carriers
- Narrow-based buckle carriers
- Stretchy wraps
- Ring slings
- Meh Dais
- Woven wraps
We will also introduce you to a few more specialist carriers.
The module will cover a comprehensive description of the type of tool, the variations you will see within this type, and the standard use of the tool in various positions. We will also cover adaptations of use for different circumstances such as tiny babies.
In this module we will cover the following areas for children from birth to five years, where relevant to carrying:
- Physical development
- Neurological development
- Psychological development
- Sensory experience
This slightly sadistic module makes you take a look between your fingers at the practices of mainstream baby “experts”. With no judgment at all, because I have followed their advice in the past, this can be challenging for some people. I do apologise, but as a Baby Specialist you need to know their techniques, so that you can properly support parents.
This final module, alongside your face-to-face training days, will prepare you for being a baby specialist consultant. You will gain a good understanding of the BabyCalm programme, of our principles and approach to facilitating learning for families, and you will have the chance to re-visit material covered in the face to face training.
Following completion of the modules (not including the literature review), and your training days, you will receive a certificate of training and will be able to work as a consultant. You then have the choice as to whether you follow our mentoring pathway.
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