It’s Well Known That Skin-to-Skin Is Good for Mom and Baby — Why Do Folks Still Need Convincing?, by Beth Greenfield, from yahoo.com

Folks Still Need Convincing? Yahoo Beauty Beth Greenfield Senior Writer Yahoo BeautyDecember 7, 2016 Immediate skin-to-skin contact is good for newborns and their moms. (Photo: Getty Images) Immediate skin-to-skin contact is good for newborns and their moms. (Photo: Getty Images) More Skin-to-skin contact between a mom and baby immediately after birth leads to the healthiest, […]

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Connecting–Excerpt from Return To Self: The Experience of One’s Core Self in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychotherapy, by Kenny Ball, STAR facilitator

Connecting The first step in the PPN therapeutic process is one in which the therapist encourages the participant to connect to and experience his feelings, in a safe and supportive environment. This involves the participant giving up cognitive control of his experience or getting out of his head and into his feelings. It requires him […]

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STAR December newsletter

 December 2016      Community View this email in your browser “Cardinal”, Carolyn Castro In this newsletter: Building Community, STAR Clinical Director, Candace Rosen Last Chance! Registration Special! Calendar and Registration Information for STAR retreats 2017 Founder’s Corner, Barbara Findeisen Thoughts on Community, Barbara Findeisen Communities, STAR Facilitator, Kenny Ball A Year End Request Building Community It […]

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STAR November newsletter

Find a link to the newsletter and our other newsletters here: November Newsletter and Newsletter archives November 2016 Gratitude Being Grateful Has Changed My Life I really believe that being grateful is the key to happiness and contentment. I try to make it a practice to get up every day and start saying, “Thank You” to […]

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Communities, by Kenny Ball, from the STAR December newsletter

Communities For me, there’s been good community, bad community, and no community at all. I’ve been in some really good communities. One was made up of myself and two or three friends. Interestingly, we were a part of a much larger community which was a bad community. I’ll explain. Many years ago I was a […]

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Building Community, by Candace Rosen, from the STAR December newsletter

Building Community It is holiday time and I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hannukah, Good Kwanzaa, and a blessed and Happy New Year! I wish you all the very best for 2017 and I hope you will take time out to really enjoy your holiday traditions with family […]

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Thoughts on Community, by Barbara Findeisen, STAR Founder, from the December STAR newsletter

Thoughts on Community From the beginning of recorded history, humans have sought community. Part of it was a desire for group support and protection, which also fulfilled a biological need. Even the first known single cell split, and split again, until there was a community of cells with diversity to meet the community’s needs. The […]

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From the Founder’s Corner, taken from the December STAR newsletter

From the Founder’s Corner Dear Star Friends, When I was a child, no one ever put out Christmas things before Thanksgiving. This year I saw them displayed at Halloween. The kid has become a commercialized target. In my heart I feel this time is a celebration for children, the child in each one of us […]

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Return To Self: The Experience of One’s Core Self in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychotherapy, by Ken Ball, PhD, STAR Facilitator

Excerpt, from the results section Before Connection Before connecting to his core self in PPN therapy, the participant experiences life from a paradigm of fear, which entails a constrictive, defensive, and negative position in the world. The participant lacks a secure foundation and rarely experiences a sense of wellbeing. Indeed, he may have little sense […]

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Return To Self: The Experience of One’s Core Self in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychotherapy, by Ken Ball, PhD, STAR Facilitator

Another excerpt from my doctoral dissertation CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION Some people are able to experience deeply, to feel deeply, to connect deeply. Other people lack that ability. Something may have happened early in life to damage that innate characteristic. With an impaired ability to feel, one may have an impaired sense of self, value, meaning, […]

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