People say nothing can prepare parents
for parenthood, but this can.
Parenthood is life-changing. For most couples, it's like an adventure into the unknown. And, like any worthwhile adventure, there's bound to be rivers to cross and mountains to climb. Because along with the abundant joys, the truth is the journey into parenthood also brings some big changes and unexpected challenges for parents to navigate and overcome, for years to come.
People say nothing can prepare parents for parenthood, but what if you could? And what if you could prepare parents, not only for the beginning of their journey, but for every stage afterwards?
Based on over 15 years of research and clinical experience, the Becoming Us™ Relationship-Developmental model of parenthood describes the stages mothers, fathers and partners go through, prepares couples for the major changes and challenges in each stage and reveals the pathways to avoid, manage or overcome them.
You can learn the steps that parents can use over and over again as they travel the path ahead, so their whole family can thrive.
Becoming Us™ Professional Development Training
If you're a helping professional working in the Birth, Health, Mental Health or Parenting spaces, our unique Becoming Us Professional Development Training equips you to prepare, guide and support expecting and new, and not so new parents and facilitate their journey through the different stages of their parenthood adventure.
Becoming Us™ Level I: Tilling the Soil and Planting the Seeds
What does the 'transition into parenthood' actually mean for couples? Why do some parents find it more challenging than others? Is there a way to prepare expecting parents so it's easier and more enjoyable for all of them? You'll discover the answers to these questions and more.
Following Level I you'll be a Professional Seed Planter. You'll know which seeds to plant that support your clients and have practical resources you can use from day one.
If you work with clients during pre-conception or pregnancy, Level I is for you and you can enrol at any time. If you love what you're learning, you'll have the option to do Becoming Us Level II and also Level III at a later date.
Becoming Us™ Level II: The 8 Stages of the Parenthood Adventure
Parenthood is an adventure into the unknown, but what if there was a clear path, bridges over the rivers and a best way through the mountains? There is.
In Level II you'll discover how to integrate the steps in the research and evidence based "Becoming Us" model into your work with expecting, new or not-so-new parents. You'll be a Parenthood Tour Guide!
Level II is suitable for helping professionals who work with parents at any stage - even up to the teen years. You'll discover how the Becoming Us steps can be used over and over again to support and strengthen a family more and more each time. Becoming Us Level II is a prerequisite to Level III of the professional development training.
Becoming Us™ Level III: Support for the Hard Stuff
There are times when parenthood is more like a survival mission than a walk in the park. What are the biggest challenges? How common are they? How can you prepare or support couples who are at risk or affected (even years afterwards) by Birth Trauma, Perinatal Mental Health conditions or major relationship issues? And can these be managed in ways that actually bring couples closer
If you work at the pointy end of parenthood (or want to reduce the risks for parents), in Becoming Us Level III, you'll find that there's help and hope for couples in even the toughest of circumstances. You'll be a Village Elder.
Becoming Us Levels I and II are prerequisites to Level III of the Professional Development training.