Course Description

Hours: 12

So many of our earliest experiences play out in our day-to-day lives as powerful whispers of early patterns, which have become so familiar that we often repeat them unknowingly and call them fate. Working with early trauma involves learning to recognize the unconscious imprints that play out and work to consciously repattern sequences that have gone awry as a result of a variety of adversities and disruptions. These imprints can be noticed through the verbal narrative, but emphasis in this workshop will be placed on the somatic or body story that carries and drives the majority of this imprinting.

This two-day workshop focuses mainly on working with adult clients who have experienced trauma during their pre-conception, prenatal period, birth, and perinatal period (into toddlerhood). However, the content will also have direct applicability to working with clients of all ages, including children, youth, and their parents. Practical embodiment activities will be explored to support participants’ own awareness and ability to dip into their own inner blueprint of resources for healing. Participants have the choice to opt in or out of any activity in the course.

Attachment theory, the polyvagal theory, and principles and practices drawn from a variety of early trauma experts (including Kathy Kain and Stephen Terrell, authors of Nurturing Resilience; Kate White of the Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs; Ray Castellino, prenatal and birth trauma therapy pioneer; and Aline LaPierre, co-author of Healing Developmental Trauma) will be explored. This course is an introduction to a complex topic, and suggestions for further training will be provided.

This workshop offers a review and comparison of different models and does not constitute formal training in any specific approach to early developmental trauma work.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234

Cancellations and Transfers
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Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

This workshop is currently not available. The 2023/2024 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course and workshop dates will be available on July 10, 2023.
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