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Intro to Somatic Trauma Healing in Your Practice

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Interactive 3-Part Webinar at Bastyr University

Wednesdays, September 28, October 5, and October 12, 2016, at 12:00 - 1:15pm PDT

Cost: $45 for the whole series, $15 for each webinar

Take your work to a new level through key concepts in Somatic Experiencing® and Pre and Perinatal Trauma Healing and Education - a relational, multi-disciplinary perspective founded in physiologic birth and the innate capacity to heal. Explore ways to create & maintain support and safety, track birth patterns in yourself and your clients, and discover ways to be more embodied and resourced! Gain basic yet profound skills to apply in your practice. Understand autonomic nervous system physiology, trauma and the relationship to birth.  Sense your own nervous system cycles and “windows of presence.”

  • Tune into your and your client’s needs to navigate and resolve tension 
  • Define birth patterns in order to shift current day patterns
  • Feel more resourced in your work and personal life
  • Experience more ease in practicing self-care 
  • Learn body oriented listening skills with simple mindfulness and centering practices
  • Practice your skills in interactive online learning

Audience: Anyone who works with childbearing families, including maternity and infant care providers, doulas, childbirth educators, lactation specialists, behavioral health practitioners, prenatal yoga teachers, perinatal support group facilitators, early childhood educators and more.  

Recordings will be made available by Bastyr, so sign up even if you can't make it to the live webinar on all 3 days!

Part 1: Creating Support and Safety: Seven Key Principles 

12-1:15 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 28

Seven key principles are a guide for developing and supporting healthy relationships, group dynamics and family systems. Learn to apply in educational, therapeutic & clinical settings, including maternity and pediatric care, midwifery & doula practice, childbirth education, support groups, prenatal yoga classes, perinatal and infant massage, birth professional continuing education and training.


Part 2: Understanding Birth Patterns: Tracking the Five Phase Sequence

12-1:15 PM PDT on Wednesday, October 5

Learn to sense and track yourself and others using a model of the five phase sequence at birth. Trauma often occurs when this natural sequence is interrupted.  Define and understand birth patterns to uncover patterns of trauma, challenge or blocks.  Apply learning to begin to make sense of how you can support your clients and students in understanding these patterns. 


Part 3: The Importance of Relationship: Layers of Support, Resources and Embodiment

12-1:15 PM PDT on Wednesday, October 12

Learn how physiologic wiring necessitates connection, bonding, attachment and co-regulation. Practice simple exercises based in neuroscience, attachment theory, and polyvagal theory to prevent exhaustion and burnout, and prevent feelings of disempowerment and isolation. Discover ways to notice when you need support. Develop a list of internal and external resources.


Elsa Asher, MS, CD(DONA)

Elsa is a Narrative Medicine educator, storytelling artist, ritual facilitator, and somatic psychology practitioner with a specialty in the perinatal period. Elsa holds a MS degree in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University and is faculty at Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine. To learn more about Elsa, visit

Chanti Smith, CPM, LM, SEP

Chanti is a homebirth midwife, Somatic Experiencing® practitioner trained in Castellino Pre and Perinatal Birth Therapy, Holistic Pelvic Care™ Practitioner, lactation specialist, Embodied Anatomy Yoga teacher, western trained herbalist, and bodyworker specializing in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Acupressure and Body Mind Centering®. She works with individuals and families in person and on Skype, and teaches workshops and retreats internationally. To learn more about Chanti, visit

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