I am so happy to be teaming up with Dr. Jon Baylin for another continuing education series. This year, we will be diving into My Grandmother’s Hand: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem mixed with some user-friendly brain science, discussion, and application.

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THE presenters

Author of Brain-Based Parenting and The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy

jonathan baylin, ph.d.

Certified Adoption Therapist and author of the Riley the Brave book series, Hello, Anger, and more

Jessica Sinarski, LPCMH

My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem

THE Book

Resmaa Menakem is a therapist, trainer, speaker, and healer mending racialized trauma with a body centered approach. As a nationally recognized leader in the fields of diversity, strategic planning, organizational development, and trauma therapy, Resmaa empowers people to better understand their past and present successes and obstacles. Using this information, he is empowering people to set a course for healing historical and racialized trauma carried in the body and the soul. A portion of the registration fees from this study group will be offered in gratitude to Resmaa, in recognition of his labor that makes this work possible.

In 2012 I was still on the hunt for a deeper understanding of what was really going on in the kids and families I was working with…and what I could do to help! I had dipped my toe into the world of attachment and trauma, and things were making more sense. Then I went to a local presentation about bringing the brain into our therapy practice with Jonathan Baylin, Ph.D. 

THE history

What if all behavior is adaptive? What if we are all acting exactly as our brains have been designed to act for our survival? And what if that’s not the end of the story?

Dr. Baylin mentioned that he had been doing a little brain study group for several years with local mental health professionals. Um…yes, please! 

In 2014, we launched a fresh group so the brain novices among us could learn from Jon. We gathered at his house that first year, and I often had my infant son in tow. It was a powerful experience learning about interpersonal neurobiology and early development with my chubby bundle of joy providing in vivo object lessons. I was hooked.

In 2015, we continued, inviting a few more local professionals in. With the support of A Better Chance for Our Children, we were able to expand in 2016 and be the first to study the fantastic new book The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy (Hughes and Baylin) with the author himself!!

I think it was at that point that I not-so-casually mentioned to Jon that I had glommed onto him as my mentor in all things brainy. I continued to be really curious about the application of all the fascinating research we were discussing. In 2017 I had this little idea about a bear cub being parented by elephants that turned into the Riley the Brave books and resources, and Jon and I realized we had something special as co-facilitators.

What has evolved over the last several years is the group you are invited to be a part of in 2023. Read on to learn more.

Read the assigned chapters on your own time.

THE format

Bring your questions, observations, and applications to the monthly zoom session.

Engage in discussion and embodied practices during our time together.

Learn a little brain science from Jon.

Receive any slides discussed, follow-up links for more information, and continuing education certificate (CEU) following the session. 


THE details

the time:

the dates:

the cost:

10-11:30am ET
2nd Thursday of the month (no session July, Dec)
January 12 ⋅ February 9 ⋅ March 9 ⋅ April 13 ⋅ May 11 ⋅ June 8 ⋅ Aug 10 ⋅ September 14 ⋅ October 12 ⋅ November 9
2nd Thursday of the month
(no session July, Dec)

January 12 ⋅ February 9 ⋅ March 9 ⋅ April 13 ⋅ May 11 ⋅ June 8 ⋅ Aug 10 ⋅ September 14 ⋅ October 12 ⋅ November 9
That’s less than $25/CEU in this collaborative, small group setting

the topics:

the topics

January: Read Preface and Chapter 1
Do Not Cross This Line
Watch Your Body
Acknowledging Our Ancestors
Our Bodies, Our Country
Your Body and Blood

February: Read Chapters 2 and 3
Black, White, Blue, and You
Body to Body, Generation to Generation

March: Read Chapters 4, 5, and 6
European Trauma and the Invention of Whiteness
Assaulting the Black Heart
Violating the Black Body

April: Read Chapters 7, 8, and 9
The False Fragility of the White Body
White-Body Supremacy and the Police Body
Changing the World Begins with Your Body

May: Read Chapters 10 and 11
Your Soul Nerve
Settling and Safeguarding Your Body

June: Read Chapters 12, 13, and 14
The Wisdom of Clean Pain
Reaching Out to Other Bodies
Harmonizing with Other Bodies

August: Read Chapters 15, 16, and 17
Mending the Black Heart and Body
Mending the White Heart and Body
Mending the Police Heart and Body

September: Read Chapters 18, 19, and 20
Body-Centered Activism
Creating Culture
Cultural Healing for African Americans

October: Read Chapters 21, 22, 23, and 24
Whiteness without Supremacy
Reshaping Police Culture
Healing Is in Our Hands
The Reckoning

November: Wrap up

The inside scoop

- M. White, LPCMH

I loved the collaboration with likeminded colleagues who are passionate about understanding trauma and gaining insight into how to help our clients.

- 2022 participant

This course has SIGNIFICANTLY impacted my work.

It has truly helped me be a better therapist and overall human being.

This course continues to expand my knowledge on the brain and provides language that I can use with children and their caregivers.

- A. Morgan, LPCMH

- M. Velez, LPCMH

THE deadline

This is a small group experience. Registration is currently closed.
Please email info@jessicasinarski.com for information about upcoming continuing education (CEU) opportunities.