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Trauma Informed Care Lecture Pack

Trauma Informed Care is defined as an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. The perinatal period is a particularly vulnerable one, and it is crucial to understand how past trauma of any kind may influence the way that clients perceive and experience their perinatal care. Join our expert speakers to learn more about how to approach perinatal families through a lens of trauma informed care.

$110.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 6.00   Access Time: 4 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (6):
Duration: 58 mins
Healing Birth Stories for Professionals

Maureen Campion MS LP is a licensed psychologist and relationship expert. She specializes in the early years of parenting and building securely attached families. Through her weekly newsletter Notes from a Marriage Geek and workshops she offers inclusive, research based marriage and parenting education. She turned her personal birth trauma experience into a passion for guiding couples through their healing and is the author of Heal Your Birth Story. Find Maureen at

Objective 1: Participants will be able to identify risk factors and impact of traumatic birth experiences.

Objective 2: Participants will be able to create safe, supportive space for those who suffered birth trauma.

Objective 3: Participants will be able to identify PTSD symptoms and make appropriate referrals.

Objective 4: Participants will be able to identify the long term impact of the birth trauma on the mother, the baby, and the family.

Objective 5: Participants will be able to understand the concept of secondary trauma and the impact of unexpected birth outcomes on professionals.


While we know how joyous and beautiful birth can be, we also know that about 10-15% of women experience something traumatic at birth. Birth trauma impacts mothers, babies and those that care for them. Psychologist Maureen Campion has been offering her Healing Birth Stories workshop for 9 years and turned her professional and personal work into a book that supports women and families on their healing journey. She offers compassionate and effective tools to support both survivors and the professionals that work in this field. Come join us as we delve into the tough emotions around birth and explore our own trauma while looking at healing and transforming the stories we carry around birth.

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Duration: 62 mins
Shannon Kane, MSW, BSW, RSW
Psychological Birth Trauma: Causes, Assessment, and Treatment
Canada Shannon Kane, MSW, BSW, RSW

Shannon Kane is a Registered Social Worker in Calgary, Alberta. She earned her Master's degree of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Shannon is an EMDR trained therapist, and her work is focused on using psychotherapy to support people who have experienced birth trauma and prenatal/postpartum mental health.

She has worked in the area of perinatal mental health and trauma for the past 12 years in settings including: a school for young mothers, outreach mental health, women's shelters, mental health clinics and now runs a private practice which you can find here: Shannon is passionate about supporting families during the childbearing years and keeps busy with her 2 young boys.

Objective 1: Recognize the symptoms of birth trauma and how they are different than depression.

Objective 2: Know some of the causes of birth trauma.

Objective 3: Know some tangible ways to support families who have experienced trauma.

Canada Shannon Kane, MSW, BSW, RSW

Psychological birth trauma is a significant mental health concern to consider when working with perinatal families. Research shows up to 45% of people report they experience some degree of psychological trauma during childbirth. We now know that having a healthy baby is not enough and in my practice I continually hear: “I was grateful and I was traumatized.” This presentation prepares practitioners to know the causes of birth trauma, the symptoms to look out for, recognize how trauma differs from depression and ideas for treatment, including information about EMDR therapy as a treatment. Resources for continued learning will be shared.

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Duration: 77 mins
Mickey Sperlich, PhD, MSW, MA, CPM
Trauma-Informed Care in the Perinatal Period
United States Mickey Sperlich, PhD, MSW, MA, CPM

Mickey Sperlich, an assistant professor with the UBSSW, is an experienced midwife and researcher who studies the effects of trauma and mental health challenges on women’s childbearing and postpartum experiences and outcomes. She became interested in research in order to better understand the needs of her midwifery clients who were trauma survivors. Her first research project culminated in the book “Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse,” which was named the 2008 Book of the Year by the America College of Nurse Midwives. Sperlich has taken part in several trauma-focused perinatal studies and is co-author of a psychosocial intervention for pregnant survivors of abuse, the “Survivor Moms’ Companion.” She completed her PhD with a dual title in Social Work and Infant Mental Health at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, in 2014. Sperlich says, “I am committed to developing trans-disciplinary approaches to understanding and addressing the sequelae of sexual violence and other trauma, particularly for childbearing women. I am actively involved in developing and evaluating interventions which address issues experienced by survivors of trauma and which are directed at interrupting intergenerational cycles of violence and psychiatric vulnerability.”

Objective 1: Articulate key risk factors which present risk for trauma, posttraumatic stress, and depression for pregnant women.

Objective 2: Identify recent research findings regarding intergenerational transmission of trauma and vulnerability.

Objective 3: Apply key principles of trauma-informed care to perinatal service delivery settings.

United States Mickey Sperlich, PhD, MSW, MA, CPM

This presentation will apply a trauma-informed lens to understanding how cycles of violence and psychiatric vulnerability affect women and their families during the childbearing year. Recent research shows how exposure to sexual trauma and other forms of child maltreatment and individuals’ reactions to such exposures in the form of posttraumatic stress and depression in particular imparts risk for adverse outcomes for mothers and babies. Recent advances in the field of epigenetics and neurobiology also show how enduring the effects of trauma can be. Fortunately, evidence is also emerging which suggests how trauma-informed and trauma-specific interventions can disrupt these cycles and ameliorate the effects of trauma. This session will overview current recommendations and best practices for adopting trauma-informed principles for any human service organization, and will specify how these recommendations can be applied to perinatal settings.

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Duration: 69 mins
Unpacking the concept of “Holding Space”: Beyond rhetoric toward action in supporting survivors of trauma in the childbearing years

An advocate for women, Jodi Hall has dedicated herself to understanding the impact of traumatic events on the childbearing years, and toward creating solutions designed to change lives. Jodi shares her knowledge on topics related to trauma in the lives of mothers through workshops and training sessions for healthcare professionals, counsellors and social service workers throughout the world.
Jodi has worked as a doula since 1995, and a woman’s abuse counsellor where Jodi gained experience working directly with women experiencing abuse.  It is through years of sharing spaces with women experiencing abuse, that Jodi’s much sought after way of ‘being with’ women was nurtured.

Jodi Hall holds a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Western Ontario.  Jodi has been instrumental in various research studies on marginalized women’s access to services that promote health. She resides with her family in London, Ontario, where she co-runs a private counseling practice with Amanda Saunders, MSW, RSW and Holly Gibson, MSW, RSW, who are also skilled birth workers, called Sharing Spaces.

Objective 1: Identify principles of trauma informed care in a clinical context

Objective 2: Critique the rhetoric of “Holding Space”

Objective 3: Integrate elements of trauma informed care in clinical practice when holding spaces with clients


The concept of “Holding Spaces” is often used to frame the way individuals enter into and bear witness to the stories, often of suffering, of others. How does this concept get enacted in a practical sense, what does it look like, sound like, feel like to hold space? How does the concept of holding space relate to trauma informed care? In this presentation, participants will be introduced to the principles of trauma informed care in a clinical context. A review of various approaches to holding spaces will be presented, including the emergence of the concept, range of applications, and common elements that are present across environments. Lastly, through a trauma informed lens, practices that enhance safety will be highlighted in moments when we “hold space” with our clients.

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Duration: 73 mins
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA
Breastfeeding and Survivors of Adverse Childhood Events
USA Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women's health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Psychological Trauma and was Founding Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation, a position she held for 11 years. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of APA’s Publications and Communications Board.

Objective 1: Describe the different types of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)

Objective 2: Identify the long-term effects of ACEs in general, and describe how past abuse may present in a breastfeeding woman

Objective 3: Identify vulnerable times and what might help an individual mother to breastfeed

USA Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

Can events from childhood influence a woman’s current mothering experience and her health and well-being? Yes, they can, but they don’t have to be the blueprint for the rest of her life. This session provides an overview of the latest research on the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences; their impact on breastfeeding; how they can affect a woman’s body, mind and spirit; and what she can do to cope.

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Duration: 67 mins
Microaggressions and Racial Trauma During Childbirth

Dr. Monnica T. Williams is a board-certified licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Psychological Sciences and Department of Psychiatry. She is also Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, where she provides supervision and training to clinicians for empirically-supported treatments. Prior to her recent move to Connecticut, Dr. Williams served as the Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Louisville in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Dr. Williams’ research focuses on African American mental health, culture, and psychopathology, and she has published over 80 scientific articles on these topics. Current projects include the assessment of race-based trauma, unacceptable thoughts in OCD, improving cultural competence in the delivery of mental health care services, and interventions to reduce racism. She also gives diversity trainings nationally for clinical psychology programs, scientific conferences, and community organizations.

Dr. Williams is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), having served as the diversity delegate from Kentucky for the APA State Leadership Conference for two consecutive years. She is also the African American SIG leader for Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and she serves on the editorial board of The Behavior Therapist, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and the Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation, and also serves as the co-chair of the Diversity Counsel. Her work has been featured in several major media outlets, including NPR and the New York Times.

Objective 1: Define racial microaggressions and racial trauma

Objective 2: Provide reasons why women may experience traumatization during childbirth

Objective 3: Identify common microaggressions experienced during labor and delivery


This presentation will provide an overview of relevant cultural factors for African Americans and other stigmatized minority groups, with an emphasis on understanding race-based trauma and its impact on childbirth experiences. I will discuss various forms of racism that occur in medical settings that contribute to health disparities in people of color, including racial microaggressions. Constructs that cause and perpetuate race-based stress and trauma will be reviewed, including White privilege, stereotypes, and racial discrimination. I will describe the various facets of race-based trauma, including the experience of historical, cultural, community, and individual trauma, and how these may or may not fit into our current psychiatric nomenclature. I will provide examples of patient-provider interactions that are helpful versus harmful in the context of childbirth and women of color’s reproductive issues.

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Birth Trauma, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Trauma & Breastfeeding, Trauma-Informed Care

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