Repairing the Broken Bond



Since Klaus and Kennell first introduced the concept of Maternal-Infant Bonding, disruptions in bonding are fairly easy to detect.  Through no fault of their own, mothers are sadly disconnected from their children due to separation at birth or emotional distractions during pregnancy or birth. 

However, when a bonding disruption is present, it is very easy to repair.

Through a simple four step process, a broken bond can be fixed; and it takes a very short time to do so.  The process is as follows:

1.  The therapist first of all needs to suspect that there is a bonding disruption.

2.  The therapist and mother need to identify what went wrong.

3.  The therapist then helps the mother process the disruption.

4.  Finally, the therapist brings a new birth into the mother's consciousness.

Through this four step process, a mother will be able to be bonded to her child.  This only takes two or three sessions.  When a therapist knows what to do, it is easy.   

This seven hour course will teach the therapist each of these four steps. 

1.  The signs of a bonding disruption will be outlined, with case examples.

2.  Identifying what when wrong will follow the format of Klaus and Kennell, and the Maternal-Infant Bonding Survey will be distributed and taught.

3.  Processing the disruption can be accomplished through EMDR, hypnosis, Gestalt therapy, art work, or any other imaginal process.  This class will spend time teaching the simple hypnotic techniques that are most helpful in repairing the broken bond.

4.  Replacing the original birth with a new one is easy when the trauma of the original birth is processed and metabolized.  The steps for installing the new birth will be outlined. 

Tony Madrid, Ph.D., has taught this process in CEU courses throughout the country, most recently at the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the Association of Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health.   He has been an on-and-off Adjunct Professor for 30 years at The University of San Francisco, where he has taught this process to hundreds of graduate students.  He has authored numerous papers on this process, including a paper co-authored with Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., on Bonding Therapy using EMDR.  His use of this process to help asthmatic children has won him the national ASCH Hilgard Award.

Where:  The University of San Francisco (exact location to be given later)

When: Saturday, January 7, 2012, 9:00 to 5:00. 

CEUs:  7 hours, approved by the MCEP (BOP) and BBS

Cost:  $150

For further information, contact Dr. Madrid at or 707-865-1200 ext 100.