Couples can grow the family of their dreams.
They may just need a little preparation from you first!
Babies are adorable but along with the abundant joys, the truth is the transition into parenthood also brings some big changes, new stresses and unexpected challenges for couples to deal with.
Welcome to Becoming Us™
Becoming Us™ is a world-first evidence-based model of the transition into parenthood created by Australian Relationship Counsellor, Independent Parenthood Researcher and award winning Author Elly Taylor.
Becoming Us prepares couples to navigate and overcome the most common parenthood challenges and reduces the known factors which can contribute to postpartum relationship distress, Perinatal Mood Disorders and Birth Trauma.
Becoming Us supports the holistic well being of mamas, papas, partners and families, grounding couples and growing them even closer through the wonders of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.
What is the Becoming Us™ Level I training?
Level I - Tilling the Soil and Planting the Seeds, is our foundation skills course. Level I is designed as a stand-alone course for professionals who work mainly with clients during pre-conception, pregnancy or birth.
Level I provides you with:
- Clarity around what the transition into parenthood actually means for mothers, fathers, partners and families.
- Insight into why the transition is more challenging for some couples than for others.
- How to plant seeds for change: which seeds to plant and when. You'll know exactly how you are making a positive difference for them.
- Handouts and practical resources you can use from day one of your training.
You can enrol in Level I at any time, year round. Level I is also an introduction to Level II and Level III of the Becoming Us Facilitator Training program. The Becoming Us Facilitator Training program is for Birth, Health, Mental Health or Parenthood professionals who desire to provide preparation, guidance and support for beyond birth and into early parenthood.
Can you say that a training is beautiful? Because this training is beautiful!
Dr Diane Speier, Birth Professional and Psychotherapist, Cheshire, UK
Around 20 years ago, Australian Relationship Counsellor Elly Taylor discovered a huge gap for parents: that while they tend to get plenty of support around how to give birth and look after a baby, mothers, fathers and partners don't get nearly enough on how to look after themselves - and each other - as they become parents, their new version of "us."
Combining psychology theory, her work in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, decades of research, and some hard-earned personal wisdom, Elly created Becoming Us, an 8 stage pathway into and through parenthood that supports the mental, emotional and relationship wellbeing of mothers, fathers and partners in every stage of their family life-cycle. Elly has presented her research at national and international conferences and Becoming Us has been embraced by leading organisations including, COPE, PSI, ICEA, CAPPA and Lamaze.
Elly has served on advisory panels for Monash University, Newcastle University, The Australian Catholic University and is on the advisory board for the International Forum for Wellbeing in Pregnancy. She has been a columnist for Practical Parenting magazine, Resident Counsellor for Daily Life website and is a Perinatal Mental Health advocate.
Elly lives in Sydney with her fire-fighter husband, their three children and a bunch of pets. Her favourite role (family aside) is working with professionals who do the vitally important, meaningful, sometimes challenging, and yet very beautiful "Becoming Us" work.
We hope you'll join us and fill the gap for our next generation of parents!
This is a gigantic missing piece of the big picture. This knowledge really adds depth and a new dimension, opening up all kinds of possibilities for educating and supporting couples so they get the best possible start together.
Sally Placksin, Author, Mothering the New Mother, NYC, New York
I love this course, it's really rich. So many ways birth workers can help couples before they become parents!
Barb Suarez, Childbirth Educator, Legacy Hospital, Portland, Oregon
What do I get when I enrol in Level I?
- Four sessions of research and evidence based information.
- Videos, reading and self-reflection questions.
- Special exercises to ground your learning.
- Handouts you can use from day 1 with your clients.
- 6 hours of Continuing Professional Development Points.
You'll have the knowledge, skills and resources to fill a huge gap in most couple's preparation for parenthood.