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Mickey Sperlich, PhD, MSW, MA, CPM

  • Speaker Type: Trauma Informed Care Lecture Pack 2018
  • Country: United States

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.”

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Trauma-Informed Care in the Perinatal Period
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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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks