Workshop: Transforming Childhood Trauma

Transform your understanding of trauma and help youth recover the promise of childhood.

Through the unending cycle of trauma recovery, the human species has learned how to adapt to stress and life threatening situations. These evolutionary instincts recognize not just the story of what happened, but include natural physiological and emotional mechanisms for the release of stress and trauma. Yet, modern trauma treatment over-emphasizes cognitive and pharmacological approaches and tends to neglect the body-based dimension of trauma.

In this two-day course, you will learn a strength‐based approach for working with childhood trauma that engages the whole child, including their physical, mental and emotional resources to promote healing, develop resilience and support growth.

You’ll learn to integrate evidence-based tools, such as yoga, mindfulness, social-emotional learning activities, and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) into your work with youth (ages 3‐18) to safely release stress, regulate the nervous system, express and integrate feelings, and attend to the present moment.

Putting theory into practice, you will also learn how to build resilience “toolkits” and lesson/treatment plans from identified family and cultural strengths, community support, and self‐care practices.

In addition, you’ll also gain skills to help you manage your own stress, trauma and post-trauma reactions from personal and professional experiences – benefiting your work, your relationships, and your well-being.

Meet the course instructors, Kathy Flaminio and Lynea Gillen, and hear about their backgrounds and inspiration for creating this course.

New Tools… New Hope…

The statistics on stress and trauma are daunting, but there’s new hope with mindfulness and somatic tools to complement existing treatment approaches.

Since stress and trauma reside in, and manifest through, the body’s physiology, learning to notice, tolerate, and manage somatic experience can substantially promote emotion regulation. Yoga, mindfulness and TRE practices do just that — promoting somatic regulation and interoceptive awareness — and are a widely available, low risk and relatively economical adjunct to current treatment practices.

Participants will explore the current literature, leading trauma theorists, and current cognitive, behavioral, affective and somatic approaches. Building on this foundation, the course will provide opportunities to share your insights, training and experiences to develop practical applications. From this rich background, you will learn theory and practical integrated methods to help youth in various settings, including schools, hospitals, clinics and private practice.

This course is particularly useful for teachers and school counselors, though parents, foster/adoptive parents, clinicians, social service workers or anyone working with youth will benefit.

What Else You Will Learn

  • Latest findings in neurobiology as it relates to stress, trauma and developmental trauma
  • How stress and trauma uniquely manifest in children
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) rating scale, effects of trauma on the developing brain and identifed resliency factors
  • Integrated (mind/body) lesson and treatment plans for your setting that help youth identify their individual, family and cultural strengths, support systems, and daily practices to promote resilience and growth
  • Targeted interventions to safely de-escalate fight, flight or freeze responses gleened from the instructors’ 30+ years of experience in school, clinic and home settings

March 18-19, 2017

9:00 am – 4:30 pm


Crown Plaza, Bloomington MN
5401 Green Valley Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437 T. 952-831-8000

$250 Course Fee ($275 after 1/18/17)
$60 Optional College Credit (1 PSU Graduate/Undergrad Credit)

$50 Yoga Calm Certified Instructor Discount
10% Group Discounts (Groups of 3 or more)

Credit, CEUs

  • Coursework qualifies for 1 graduate/undergraduate credit (PSU), 12 Clock Hours and CEUs
  • Coursework also applies toward Yoga Alliance RYT-200 CE
  • Certificate of training hours provided
  • $50 discount for Certified Yoga Calm Youth Instructors

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