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Mothercentric Approach Training

The Mothercentric™ Approach is the only perinatal mental health training informed by Internal Family Systems.

Upcoming 2024 Training 

September 27 - 28, 2024
9:00am - 4:30pm PST

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Life changing, experiential training that shifts the way we conceptualize, treat, and support women who are conceiving, birthing, and raising children.

The Mothercentric™ Approach brings an Internal Family Systems-informed, holistic vision for understanding and treating Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADS) - not as disorder in mothers - but rather as the consequence of parts and patriarchy during matrescence and the accompanying disease of shame new mothers get saddled with. This is not a course about diagnosing PMADs - it's a course about working effectively with matrescent women (using IFS) without making mothers into identified patients on behalf of a patriarchal society that exiles their needs and dismisses their value.

Suicide is the leading cause of death in postpartum women. 20% of new mothers in America (17 million women) are “sick” with a Perinatal Mood or Anxiety Disorder.


What is the Mothercentric™ Approach?

Baby-centrism is the norm in a culture that doesn't validate or prioritize the profound needs of the people who are the greatest influencers of the human species - MOTHERS. And compounding that neglect - a new mom’s own inner system is also baby-centric, as her physical body and psychological parts reconfigure and redirect her attention and resources away from herself and to her baby.

The solution?

Moms need support for listening to the quiet distant voice of self-interest again. They need time, space and permission to tune into and tend to their own experience. They need to be part of a community that normalizes their parts, their truths and their needs. The Mothercentric Approach is a rich and broad curriculum, created to educate and support practitioners in being able to hold unique supportive space for perinatal clients, inclusive of all their parts.

Until that happens, moms will continue to show up as “disordered.”

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Redefining PMADs

The Mothercentric™ Approach provides a new way of looking at PMADs and matrescence, focusing on an expectable set of Mom Parts that emerge in matrescence. The intensity and prominence of these parts create an imbalance or destabilization in internal leadership, designed to funnel and redirect resources to the new baby. When the context in which this massive shift takes place is imbued with patriarchy, mothers more often than not begin to be run by outer and inner critics, intense anxiety and shame. Moms exist in protection mode, a survival oriented state that feels like failure and looks like “disorder.” Society lives with the painful results - the regifting of trauma and the handing down of legacy burdens. 

Why Use The Mothercentric™ Approach?

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The only Internal Family Systems informed perinatal mental health training.

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Views matrescence as a wild developmental phase with unique healing potential (not a disorder).

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Identifies predictable Mom Parts to support deep exploration and healing of intergenerational wounds.

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Names psychological patriarchy as a propagator of shame, and shame as a primary culprit in PMADs.

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Gives practitioners confidence in working with all Mom Parts, even the scary ones.


A Preview of the two days

Redefining PMADs


8:45 am: Doors open to in-person attendees

                Coffee, tea and goodies provided


9:00 am: Greetings and orientation


                 Redefining PMADS


10:00 am:   Integrating Internal Family Systems 

                   IFS introduction/review 

                   Experiential Meditation (with breakout rooms)


11:00 am: Respecting Matrescence as a Developmental Phase


12:30 pm - 2 pm:  Lunch off campus

2:00 pm: Contending with Patriarchy 


3:30 pm: Questions and wrap up

4:30 pm: Finish day 1

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Meet Jessica Sorci & Rebecca Geshuri

We’re experts on motherhood and healing.
We created a revolutionary method for healing moms, using Internal Family Systems therapy, an evidence-based model that's transforming relationships and mental health in the world. We can't wait to share our work with you.


Participants will be offered a new paradigm for thinking about the mental health of new mothers - a more holistically informed perspective that considers the perinatal phase of life as a portal to healing humanity’s legacies of trauma and suffering. Participants will work with the material experientially, engaging their own inner systems through guided IFS meditations and opportunities to explore their own parts in community. In this course we present the Four Cornerstones of the Mothercentric™ Approach, which provide a foundation for conceptualizing cases and treating new mothers, as well as the Outside-Inside Method that supports the exploration of symptoms and the uncovering of ubiquitous shame that accompanies modern motherhood.


Registration Information

*early bird pricing through May 19, 2024

In Person Ticket*
payment plans available

Registration for the In-Person Mothercentric™ Approach Training.

* Add-on CEU credits are $50 and include 12 credits for California therapists and for PMH-C renewal.

Virtual Ticket*
payment plans available

Registration for the Virtual Mothercentric™ Approach Training.

* Add-on CEU credits are $50 and include 12 credits for California therapists and for PMH-C renewal.

Day Two only*
starting from $275


This option is ONLY available to those who have already completed basic Mothercentric training.

* Add-on CEU credits are $30 and include 6 credits for California therapists and for PMH-C renewal.

*This course is approved by PSI for continuing education, relevant to advanced training

for obtaining PMH-C's.


Family Tree Wellness, Inc (Provider #1000049) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education; course meets the qualifications for 10 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and LEP’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science. Course completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form. Family Tree Wellness, Inc maintains responsibility for the program & all of its content.

  • What are your COVID policies?
    If you or a close family and friend has symptoms consistent with COVID, please refrain from attending in-person. Consistent with CA policy, masks are no longer required indoors. However you may wear one if you prefer.
  • What does a Virtual Ticket include?
    A Virtual Ticket allows you to access the training virtually via Zoom and cannot be shared with anyone else.
  • What is your refund policy?
    Requests for full refund should be submitted by email to, no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. An administrative fee of $25 will be assessed. Cancellations occurring within 2 weeks of course start dates are eligible for a partial refund equal to 75% of the course fee. Refunds will be issued within 5 business days.
  • What does an In-Person Ticket include?
    An In-Person Ticket includes water, tea, and snacks throughout the two day training. Registration does not however, include any lunch, travel or accommodation costs.
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