Course Description

When a baby is admitted to the NICU, parents benefit from your calm competence and compassionate support. In this live-streamed course, you’ll explore the complicated landscape of parenting in the NICU and beyond with clinician Mara Tesler Stein, PsyD, PMH-C  and developmental psychologist Deborah L. Davis, PhD. You’ll read Parenting Your Premature Baby & Child: The Emotional Journey and/or Intensive Parenting: Surviving the Emotional Journey through the NICU and learn how to think about: 

  • perinatal crisis, grief, and trauma; 

  • quality care of parents in the NICU and beyond; 

  • evaluating, supporting, and interacting with parents;

  • therapeutic approaches that support parenting, adjustment, and healing; and

  • the strengths, limitations, callings, defenses, and biases you bring to your job.

This informative, engaging course can boost your competence and build your confidence in the important work you do with NICU parents and families.

Whether you work with families during their NICU journey, or see them months or years later, this workshop will equip you with the insight and skills you need to understand, support, and therapeutically intervene with these families. 

For more information on our work at The Touchstone Institute, visit our website.

Course Overview

  • Schedule

    May 15th - 17th, 2023 from 10am - 6:30pm US Eastern Time, over Zoom

  • Prerequisites

    Open to all healthcare professionals working with families with NICU experiences

  • CE Credits

    This course is approved by the APA, EMDRIA, and PSI for 18 CE credit hours (more details below)

Note on Accessibility:

We include captions in all of our live and self-paced trainings. If there is anything else you need to make our trainings accessible to you, please reach out to us at We recognize that every person has access needs and we are happy to do everything we can to meet yours.


Mara Stein, PsyD, PMH-C

Mara Tesler Stein, Psy.D., PMH-C is a clinical psychologist practicing in Chicago and Jerusalem. She is the founder and director of The Touchstone Institute for Psychotherapy and Training where she offers both EMDR Foundational trainings for perinatal specialists & advanced EMDR workshops which take a deeper dive into the intersections and applications of EMDR and perinatal mental health. Dr. Stein is a staunch advocate for trauma-focused care and is trained and certified in a range of integrative trauma therapies. A certified EMDR therapist, EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Trainer for the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, Dr. Stein is also certified in Emotion-Focused Family and Couple Therapy, is a Gottman Certified Therapist, and continues to pursue training in Clinical Hypnosis, Yoga-Informed treatment, Advanced applications of EMDR, Brainspotting, and Ego-State therapies.

Deborah L. Davis, PH.D.

Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist who writes books that support parents through heart-wrenching crises such as the death of a baby during pregnancy or infancy, premature birth, parenting in the NICU, perinatal hospice and palliative care, and making end-of-life medical decisions. She has also contributed to a number of other parent books, medical texts, and professional guidelines that inform and support health care practitioners on developmentally supportive, relationship-centered care, perinatal bereavement care, and medical ethics. She is best known for her books, Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby (1991; 1996; 2016) and A Gift of Time: Continuing Your Pregnancy When Your Baby’s Life is Expected to Be Brief (2011; in press). She is forever inspired by the resilience of bereaved parents and the healing transformations they experience on their journeys.

Tiered pricing options for this course:

Questions? See our FAQ below.

More about our pricing:

We offer tiered pricing for all of our trainings in order to make our courses accessible to as many practitioners as possible. If you are unsure which tier of payment is right for your financial situation, please read through our FAQ section below or visit our website.

Please reach out to us at if you are interested in a multi-month payment plan. We are always happy to create a custom payment plan to make it more feasible for everyone to participate in our courses. 

Course Details

    1. Powerpoint Slides

    2. Readings: Self-as-Therapist

    1. Kangaroo Care

    2. Readings: Philosophies of Care

    3. Readings: Therapeutic Principles

    1. Born Too Soon Part 1

    2. Born Too Soon Families part 2

    3. Dying in Your Mother's Arms

    4. Readings: Bonding

    5. Readings: Three Core Tasks

    6. Readings: Grief and Trauma

    7. Readings: Pandemic Impact

    8. One woman’s quest to improve care for premature babies

    1. Ella

    2. Readings: Family Impact

    3. Readings: Sibling Impact

    4. Readings: Child Impact

    5. Readings: Therapeutic Intervention

    6. One year in, parenting has taught us about vulnerability and gratitude

    1. Video: Little Man (Streaming)

    2. Recording: Therapeutic Interventions

About this course

  • $650 - $850
  • May 15-17, 2023
  • 18 CE's - EMDRIA, APA & PSI

Continuing Education Credits

Participation in all training sessions and submission of a course evaluation is required to receive a CE Certificate for this course. This training is approved for 18 CE credit hours by the following approval agencies:

  • This course is approved by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). The Touchstone Institute is an approved training provider with EMDRIA: approval #22021-05

  • This course is approved by Postpartum Support International (PSI) for continuing education towards maintaining the PMH-C

  • This course is cosponsored by Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington. Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this course EMDRIA-Approved?

    Yes, this course is approved for 18 CE credits through the EMDR International Association.

  • Is this course approved by PSI?

    Yes, this course is approved by PSI for 18 CE credits both for obtaining the PMH-C as well as for renewing the PHM-C.

  • Is the Generative Access tier right for me?

    Select this tier if you: Own the home you live in (even with a mortgage); live in a two-income household; have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money; travel recreationally; have access to family money and resources in times of need; work part-time by choice, etc.

  • Is the Sustaining Access tier right for me?

    Select this tier if you: Have income available for recreational activities (going out to dinner, movies, concerts etc.); have consistent work compensated at a median income rate based on your region; pay rent that is not more than 25% of your monthly household income; do not own your own home, etc.

  • Is the Supported Access tier right for me?

    Select this tier if you: Are a graduate student paying tuition; have major medical expenses not covered by insurance; have been denied work, or experience discrimination related to ableism, racism, sexism, gender discrimination or other forms of oppression; are eligible for public assistance; have immigration-related expenses; have ever been denied work due to incarceration history; are supporting adult children, extended family members in need or have other adult dependents; are an elder with limited financial support; are primarily working in a setting with under-resourced populations and your income reflects this work, etc.

  • Are there payment plan options available?

    Yes! We are happy to work with you to create a payment plan that fits your needs. Please reach out to us over email with a brief description of the length of the plan that you are interested in using to pay for this course:

  • How can I learn more about your pricing?

    Please visit our website for more information on our approach to pricing our trainings:

  • What is your refund policy?

    We require 30-days notice for cancellations to receive a refund, minus a 5% administrative fee. If you cancel within thirty days you will be able to apply your full tuition to any other trainings we offer.

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