Upcoming Workshops

Our in-depth workshops and quick insights in lunch and learn sessions aim to make mental health training accessible to all. We foster a supportive community of professionals and provide opportunities for learning and growth.

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Repair So you Don't Repeat: Activation Related to a Parent's Childhood Trauma

 
 








 



 

Being a parent is hard enough. Doing it if you have a history of childhood trauma yourself makes it feel even more challenging. We are not meant to care for our children alone, and yet some of the impacts of developmental trauma or family violence can make it very hard to trust others. This workshop unpacks how a history of childhood trauma can impact someone’s experience as a parent. Using a trauma-informed, nervous system and attachment theory lens, participants will learn more about the impact of previous trauma as well as resources to share with the parents they support. This 3-hour workshop will include presentation, interactive discussion and practice.The following topics will be the focus of the workshop:

  • The impact of previous childhood trauma on a parent's ability to parent intentionally.

  • Resources to help someone self-regulate and ground when experiencing a trigger or activation connected to their child's behaviour.

  • Share resources for practitioners who support parents who have a history of trauma.


Vania Sukola
is an award-winning Registered Psychotherapist, trauma-focused therapist, breathwork coach, clinical supervisor and facilitator. For over 20 years, Vania has been providing support to people who have experienced trauma due to gender-based violence and abuse. In 2015, Vania started a private practice focusing primarily on reproductive mental health, especially birth trauma, the transition into parenthood, and the intersection of former trauma that impacts the journey into parenthood. As a Feminist Therapist, Vania works from a trauma-informed anti-oppression framework, and a relational and integrative approach as a therapist. She mainly pulls from somatic, attachment theory, and emotion-focused styles of therapy to help your body, mind, and soul heal. 

May 24, 2024
9:00PT / 10:00 MT / 11:00 CT / 12:00 ET / 1:00 AT /1:30 NT
$69 plus hst


 
 









 

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Memory and Motherhood: Is It Better Than What We Think?

 
 








 



 

  • When talking about motherhood and the brain, often the first thing that comes to mind is the idea that motherhood is accompanied by a deficit in memory performance. This is something that is referred as Baby Brain, Mommy Brain, Mom Brain, or Momnesia. Over the past 3 or 4 decades, an increased awareness of this phenomenon has become evident in pop culture and social media with numerous anecdotes about how being pregnant and having a child makes a birthing parents’ brain go to ‘‘mush’’ for months, if not years. But is this true? The rather sparse research on this topic has yet to confirm the extent and duration of these memory deficits with motherhood, and parenthood, in general, and some recent research even points to memory enhancements in pregnancy and postpartum.

    Apart from the science, or lack thereof, the fact that a majority of mothers report memory deficits during the perinatal period needs to be addressed. This webinar will provide a brief introduction into the science of ‘mommy brain’, what these feelings of ‘mommy brain’ may actually mean, and how to work with mothers to support their memory function.

    Dr. Jodi Pawluski (she/her) is a Canadian Behavioural Neuroscientist, Psychotherapist and Author. She completed her BSc in Biopsychology from the University of British Columbia, her MA in Psychology from the University of Toronto, a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia and a Habilitation Degree (HDR) in Life Sciences from the University of Rennes.

    Her current research is affiliated with the Institut de recherche en santé, environnement et travail (Irset, UMR_S 1085), a research unit of the INSERM institute, the University of Rennes, France.

    For over fifteen years Jodi has studied the neuroscience of motherhood and the effects of perinatal mental illness and antidepressant medications on the mother and developing offspring. Her work has been published in high ranking peer-reviewed journals, including top neuroscience journals such as JAMA Neurology and Trends in Neurosciences.

June 19, 2024
9:00PT / 10:00MT / 11:00CT / 12:00ET / 1:00AT
FREE


 
 









 

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We offer professional development for perinatal mental health professionals. Our trainings are inter-professional; we welcome social workers, psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, midwives, nurses, naturopaths, OB’s, psychiatrists, pelvic floor physiotherapists, family doctors, community organizers, pediatricians, coaches, or sleep consultants.

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