Professional Events

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These professional lectures and workshops will review the state of research on a topic, provide participants with suggested readings, and introduce short practices to share with students, clients, and patients. These events are tailored for health and mental health workers, teachers, and others serving children and their families. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Professional Events
Sharon Stanley, Ph.D.
9:00am - 5:00pm  »  CCFW

This workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and insight necessary to recognize the physical, mental, and emotional effects of historical trauma and cultural legacies of resilience. We will explore strategies to support clients in working through this trauma, as well as self-care practices to manage the contagious effects of unresolved trauma. 

Registration is required. Please register here.


Research demonstrates that the emotional and physical effects of trauma can be traced to historical experiences of slavery, oppression, war, immigration, poverty and other dehumanizing events. The intergenerational transmission of trauma radically disrupts the autonomic nervous system, resulting in chronic patterns of intense emotion, destructive behavior and physical illness. Knowledge of this trauma can enable mental health practitioners to support clients in identifying and regulated their disrupted emotional states.

In addition, while treating traumatized clients, mental health practitioners are vulnerable to the contagion of unresolved trauma. Awareness of the personal effects of historical adversity allows self-compassion and creativity to break the bonds of traumatic suffering that are held in immobilizing states of shame and powerlessness. With self-compassion and other mindful somatic practices, practitioners can strengthen their resiliency to the effects of vicarious trauma. This enhanced resiliency bolsters their effectiveness working with clients and prevents compassion fatigue and burn-out.

Workshop Format and Objectives

This workshop will include research presentations, reflective processing, dyadic practice, group discussion, and videos to explore the following topics:

  • Introduction to intergenerational trauma
  • Epigenesis and Attachment Processes
  • Experiences of specific cultural groups and trauma-related responses
  • Cultural traditions for regulation and resilience
  • Changing neurological patterns of dysregulation
  • Somatic practices to enhance self-compassion

At the end of the workshop, participants will recognize the physical, mental and emotional effects of historical trauma as well as cultural-based legacies for survival and healing. This knowledge can enhance self-compassion to shift a sense of shame, judgment and helplessness regarding distressing behavior. With self-compassion comes an empowered ability to care for the self and others by regulating the autonomic nervous system. As participants enter into mindful relational connection within themselves and others, we will identify sensations that indicate neural dysregulation and explore bodily based interventions they are able to achieve inner compassion, calm, creativity and productive social engagement.   

About the Presenter

Sharon Stanley, Ph.D. is an educator and psychotherapist in the field of trauma and has developed creative, body-centered relational practices to regulate and transform the physical and emotional reactions that come with adversity.  Her integration of current research in interpersonal neurobiology and ancient indigenous and traditional wisdom are at the core of her recent book published by Routledge, "Relational and Body-Centered Practices for Healing Trauma: Lifting the Burdens of the Past". Sharon has spent many years teaching somatic psychotherapy for healing historical trauma to First Nations People in Canada, psychiatrists in Israel and psychotherapists in Belfast Ireland. Sharon leads educational seminars for practitioners working with people with trauma and has a small psychotherapy practice on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Learn more about Sharon and Somatic Transformation at:

Fees and Workshop Details

The workshop is Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9:00am – 5:00pm. Participants will have a one-hour lunch break. There are several places to eat within walking distance of CCFW. Or feel free to bring your lunch. You are welcome to use our kitchen which has a refrigerator and a microwave. 

This workshop will be limited to 25 people.


$190.00 regular registration (includes certificate of completion for CEUs)
$142.50 (25% off): UW Affiliate Registration, which requires department approval and budget number

Scholarships and income-based reduced fee options available. Please see the registration page for details, or email