Prenatal Trauma, Dissociation & Bonding: Cultivating Growth with the Calming Womb Model
Do you ever find yourself stuck or curious about how to engage in clinical work with client’s who are pregnant and have simultaneous unresolved histories of trauma and dissociation? This presentation endeavors to highlight how experiences of unresolved trauma and dissociation in pregnant clients often remains hidden as a result of defensive adaptations, thus leaving trauma unseen, unknown, and untreated. Research and practice has illustrated that unresolved trauma and dissociation in pregnant client’s prior to their childrearing years impacts prenatal bonding, the obstetric experience, and the ability to parent children in a mindful, attuned manner. This presentation will provide practitioners with an exploration into the importance of assessment and screening to identify unprocessed trauma in new parents, followed by a presentation of a model called the Calming Womb Family Therapy Model (CWFTM). The Calming Womb Family Therapy model can be integrated into different therapeutic modalities, carefully integrates the results of trauma and dissociation screening tools/questionnaires into case conceptualization and treatment planning, and offers trauma informed interventions and collaborative care to support and nurture relational attunement with parents and babies from the moment of conception through the first year after birthing. The overall goal of this presentation is to offer treating clinicians with tools to engage in early screening and assessment of trauma and dissociation, as well as a model for treatment and healing to prevent the transmission of intergenerational trauma, as a result of exposure to traumatic experiences that span childhood maltreatment, rape and sexual assault, unwanted/unplanned pregnancy, relational tragedy, unresolved obstetric traumatic misattunement, birthing trauma, and familial/cultural/migratory stressors.
This session was original presented as a live conference session in April 2023.
At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:
- Describe tools to engage in early screening and assessment of trauma and dissociation in pre and perinatal psychotherapy
- Utilize and adapt a comprehensive model for treatment to prevent the transmission of intergenerational trauma
- Identify at least two benefits of engaging in early prenatal psychotherapy
- List at least two prenatal informed dyadic-bonding mindfulness practices
- Describe at least two prenatal informed dyadic-grounding practices
Presenter: Jillian Hosey, MSW, RSW, LICSW
Presenter Bio: Jillian Hosey, MSW RSW, LICSW is a Clinical Social Worker, Trauma Therapist, and Consultant in a collaborative Private Practice in Toronto Canada, providing psychotherapy to children, youth, and adults with histories of attachment disruption, complex trauma, and dissociation. She is a graduate of York University's MSW program in Toronto, Canada. Grounded in a psychodynamic, phase-oriented approach to treatment, Jillian integrates a variety of trauma and dissociation specific modalities into her work, tailoring her approach to the unique needs of each client. Jillian is trained in EMDR Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Ego State Therapy, Deep Brain Reorienting, and Clinical Hypnosis, with ASCH. She is an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Consultant and an EMDR Trainer, a facilitator with the AGATE Institute (Ana Gomez Attachment Trauma Education Institute) and Faculty with the ISSTD’s Professional Training Program and EMDR Therapy Training Program. She has presented on integrating the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) into EMDR Therapy at the Child and Adolescent Complex Trauma Conference 2019 and the SSP Gatherings with Dr. Stephen Porges in 2019 and 2022. She is the lead author of the Clinical guidelines and considerations for integrating the Safe and Sound Protocol into EMDR Therapy, a chapter on Therapeutic presence and the therapeutic relationship as both trigger and container to healing in E. Christenson’s (Ed.), Perspectives of Dissociative Identity Response: Ethical, Historical, and Cultural Issues, and the co-editor and contributing author for the Handbook for Child Complex Trauma and Dissociation: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications (Routledge, In Press). Jillian was awarded Fellow Status with the ISSTD in 2022 and is winner of the 2022 ISSTD Distinguished Achievement Award.
Presenter: Rosita Cortizo, PsyD, LMFT, MA
Presenter Bio: Rosita Cortizo, PsyD, LMFT, MA, ISSTD Past President, originally from Panama City, Panama in South America, currently works as a high risk, multicultural, bilingual prenatal and perinatal clinical psychologist for Women Health Services and Behavioral Health working with female adults and children. Dr. Cortizo has worked in Public Health in Southern California with pregnant women at high risk with multiple diagnosis, traumatic stress, dissociative processes and relational crisis for more than 30 years. Education is an important value and that fueled her determination to complete and promote higher education. She brought EMDR training to her community clinic and is their onsite consultant. Dr Cortizo has published four prenatal articles for different peer reviewed Journals in the past 4 years. She holds licenses as both clinical psychologist (2001) and marriage family therapist (1998); and earned a Master of Arts in Psychology with specialty in Chemical Dependency (1993) in San Diego, California. She is EMDRIA Certified, an Approved EMDR Consultant, trained in Hypnosis, Sensory Motor Psychotherapy, Equine Assisted Therapy Certified, and the 2021 ISSTD President. Dr. Cortizo was raised by Spaniard and Ecuadorian immigrant parents in Panama City, lived many years in New Orleans, and is currently residing in Fallbrook California, the avocado capital of US. Dr. Cortizo is an advocate of universal trauma-informed prenatal psychotherapy, prenatal bonding work, post birthing support, The Calming Womb Family Therapy Model psychoeducation, and works empowering pregnant women and families with devotion. If you would like to know more about Dr. Cortizo's work, recent projects and interests you can visit both of her websites. www.thecalmingwomb.com www.rositacortizo.com
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