Prenatal Exposure Conference – LIVE WEBINAR

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020 – Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020

8:00am – 3:00pm

Arizona Trauma Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6677. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Arizona Trauma Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

CE Hours Awarded: 10.5

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This 2-day Conference is designed to introduce and enhance the clinical care professional’s understanding and comprehension of the impact of in-utero exposure to substances, trauma and toxic stress on neurodevelopment, sensory needs, and attachment with children. You will recognize behaviors, emotions and thinking that are a result of prenatal exposure and understand how to approach these biological challenges in the most effective and reliable ways. Completing this conference will arm you with ways to help children who have been exposed in-utero through a well-being and whole person approach that considers sensory integration, understanding behavior and ways to effectively discipline, and needs unique to these children. The Conference is broken down into seven 90-minute sessions as follow:

Session 1 – Dr. Robert Rhoton – Day 1: 8:00 am to 9:30 am

Title: Trauma, Toxic Stress and Teratogens Impact on the Body and Nervous System of the Mother

Summary: This session examines the how and why damage to the body and nervous system of a child is likely, and what are the active mechanisms that are injuring the developing fetus.  How the environment within the mother and external to the mother are creating lifelong impacts on the child.

Key Points Covered:

  1. How trauma is defined
  2. The changes in the body because of material stress and adversity
  3. Changes in the fetus because of the changing environment of the mother
  4. The teratogen effect of changes in the mother’s biology
  5. Prevalence of trauma; types of trauma

Session 2 – Dr. Camea Peca – Day 1: 9:40 am to 11:10 am

Title: Relationship Between Trauma, Substance Use Disorder and Substance Exposed Newborns

Summary: This session will provide an overview of the way that substances and trauma impact infant development from conception. The ways in which these challenges may also influence attachment, bonding, and child development will also be explored. The session will provide insight into the possible interventions and parenting support that may need to be in place to support growth and maintain relationship.

Key Points Covered:

  1. Substance exposure effects on the fetus
  2. Parent-child relationship; attachment and bonding
  3. Parent with an SUD and trauma: effects on parenting
  4. Misconceptions about SEN
  5. Cortisol stress hormones and trauma
  6. Importance of Early Intervention for SEN
  7. Soothing the fussy SEN baby
  8. Parents self-regulation, trauma and SUD
  9. Sensory seeking or avoiding due to SEN
  10. Respite for moms and caregivers

Session 3 – Dr. Camea Peca – Day 1: 11:20 am to 12:50 pm

Title: Understanding Trauma and Substance Use Disorder Before Pregnancy

Summary: The Mother’s body is the first environment that the infant will experience. This course will explore the impact of dysregulation on the mother’s body and how this contributes to the growth and development of the infant. We will also examine the impact of dysregulation on the infant’s environment and how it can impact the way that the brain and body of the infant are calibrated and formed. The course will also cover the relationship between dysregulation, hormones, and brain structure.

Key Points Covered:

  1. You will gain an understanding of how epigenetics work in pregnancy
  2. You will better understand how the hormones of the Mother during pregnancy impact the infant’s Amygdala and neurochemistry.
  3. You will be aware of the specific challenges of infant growth in a dysregulated pre-natal environment.
  4. Gender specific trauma for women
  5. Familial, historical trauma effects on women of childbearing age
  6. Pathway from trauma exposure to SUD for women of childbearing age
  7. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

Session 4 – Dr. Camea Peca – Day 1: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Title: Childbirth and a Mother With a History of Trauma, Toxic Stress and Substance Use Disorder; Special Considerations to Minimize Further Trauma Exposure

Summary: This session will explore how to support the mother, infant, family from a psychoeducational perspective. Participants will learn about how to create a birth plan and how this may need to be adjusted depending on the location of the mother. The session will also cover the creation of safe internal and external environments for the mother.

Key Points Covered:

  1. Birth plan, expectations, family support, resources
  2. Expectant women with SUD while incarcerated
  3. Supporting mothers’ choice of care, provider, support
  4. Vulnerable families, lack of prenatal care, nutrition, safe home

Session 5 – Dr. Roderick Logan – Day 2: 8:00 am to 9:30 am

Title: Risks and Opportunities After Childbirth for the Mother With Substance Use Disorder

Summary: Gain an elevated awareness of the values of practicing self-regulation and self-care. You acquire skills that support your efforts to access your executive functioning system. Increase mother and care-giving environment in three principle arenas (1) What is self-regulation? (2) What is self-care? (3) How can I REACH my optimum?

Key Points Covered:

  1. First or subsequent child? First or subsequent SEN child?
  2. Care for mother after childbirth; complications when SUD and trauma present
  3. Re-traumatization of new mothers by removal of SEN baby
  4. Mothers ability to tolerate a fussy baby and provide appropriate care
  5. Risk of relapse by mother after sobriety while pregnant
  6. Encouraging healthy bonding by appropriate support for mother

Session 6 – Dr. Roderick Logan – Day 2: 9:40 am to 11:10 am

Title: Preventing Vicarious Trauma and Promoting Self-Care for Workers of This Specialized Population

Summary: Increase awareness and value for practicing self-care as the essential intervention for preventing vicarious trauma. In this session, we will address three important questions: (1) What is the connection between vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue? (2) What are the symptoms of vicarious trauma and its origin? (3) What can a person and a team do to prevent vicarious trauma and optimize their work?

Key Points Covered:

Vicarious Trauma and burnout

  1. Managing the contrast between client families and the workers own
  2. Babies are evocative; SEN newborns may trigger strong feelings in staff
  3. Recognizing vicarious trauma in ourselves
  4. Building a vicarious trauma informed team
  5. Setting aside our bias in order to serve vulnerable families
  6. Tools for self-care to prevent burnout

Session 7 – Dr. Robert Rhoton – Day 2: 11:20 am to 12:50 pm

Title: Call to Action for Those Working With Pregnant Mothers and Their Families

Summary: The challenged of living life intentionally, the need for the helper, parent, and all service providers to be living the life they are asking pregnant mothers to live.  The idea of creating and living in an optimal environment as a necessity for mental, relational and physical health.

Key Points Covered:

  1. Need for mature self-regulating people to support mothers with their own history of trauma, toxic stress and adversity
  2. Community action and compassion
  3. Educational system compassion and action
  4. The true nature of intergenerational trauma

Who should attend: Counselors • Social Workers • Psychologists • Case Managers • Addiction Counselors Therapists • Marriage & Family Therapists • Other Mental Health Professionals

CE Credits

Credits listed below are for full attendance of the live training.  The day after the training, attendees will be emailed an evaluation to complete.  After completing the evaluation attendees will be emailed a certificate of completion for the training.

Arizona Trauma Institute does not issue partial certificates of completion.

NOTE: Credits do not include time for breaks or lunch.

CE Hours Awarded: 10.5

Please note that you must participate in the Live Webinar on a computer or laptop, NOT a phone. The system keeps track of each person attending the Live Webinar and how long they attended. Your attendance cannot be tracked on a phone, so it will appear that you did not attend, thus, you would not be eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion. In addition, you must attend for the duration of the Live Webinar to receive your Certificate of Completion.

Training Presenter – Robert Rhoton, PsyD, LPC, D.A.A.E.T.S.

Dr. Robert Rhoton, CEO of Arizona Trauma Institute and President at the Trauma Institute International possesses a rich history of experience in the mental health field. Dr. Rhoton has supervised multiple outpatient clinics, juvenile justice programs, and programs, and child and family therapeutic services. Additionally, Dr. Rhoton has advanced training in child and adolescent trauma treatment, family therapy, and family trauma. Dr. Rhoton served as president of the Arizona Trauma Therapy Network from 2010 through 2012. Dr. Rhoton was a Professor at Ottawa University in the Behavioral Sciences and Counseling Department whose primary interests were training counselors to work with traumagenic family dynamics, child and family trauma, and non-egoic models of treatment. Dr. Rhoton is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and collaborates and consults with numerous Arizona agencies fine tuning their understanding of trauma and the impact of developmental trauma on the individual and family. Dr. Rhoton also serves on the Arizona Department of Health Services Trauma Informed Care (TIC) task force as a community member.

Presenter: Roderick Logan, DPTh, CCTS, CFTP, FFTT

Dr. Roderick Logan believes, and his life’s work reflects, that human suffering is not a fate to be borne, but a challenge to be overcome. He is a Senior Faculty member at the Arizona Trauma Institute, also known as the Trauma Institute International. For more than 35 years, he has worked with men, women, and young people from all walks of life, providing counseling and education; guiding them to reclaim life’s purpose and meaning. Dr. Logan is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, a Certified Family Trauma Professional, and a certified facilitator in Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy.

Dr. Logan’s professional experiences include working with and advocating for children, young people, parents, educators, professional and non-professional caregivers; from juveniles in lockup at California’s Youth Authority in the early 80’s to more recent work with the Arizona Department of Child Safety, the Arizona Department of Corrections, and multiple community service organizations serving at risk populations. Dr. Logan’s prolific platform coupled with his training uniquely qualifies him as an authority on trauma-informed care, principles for resiliency building, and pathways for living the optimum life.

Training Presenter – Camea Peca, PhD

Dr. Peca has spent over 18 years working with Adults, Children and Families in a vast range of settings both locally and abroad. After completing a Bachelor of Science at ASU, Camea spent 10 years abroad studying and working. During this time, she completed a MSc in Psychoanalytic Development Psychology at the Anna Freud Center/University College London including a dissertation in Sensory Integration Therapy and Tactile and Vestibular Processing Disorder. During this training Camea was trained by leaders in attachment and infant development including Dr. Peter Fonagy and Mary Target.  Additionally, Dr. Peca has extensive training the Application of Arts in Therapy and Education and Expressive Arts modalities including dance/movement/body work.

Camea has completed her PhD in Psychology with an emphasis on Cognition and Instruction. Professionally Camea has worked in a variety of settings including adolescent shelters, inpatient psychiatric units, outpatient services, schools and specialty projects targeting physical and sexualized trauma.

Camea also works with adults providing trauma based coaching services using the body and teaching self-regulation skills as well as building relational skills. Camea uses a Salutogenic approach and incorporates the integration of the brain and the body holistically targeting sleeping, nutrition, and movement.

Event Location

Live Webinar

Event Fees

$ 75.00