This course is for you if . . .
. . . you’re banging your head against the wall despite your therapeutic skill and training
.
. . you’ve had “trauma training” before, but those difficult cases are still keeping you up at night
. . .
your passion for your work is starting to fade
. . . you are ready for the tools that truly meet your clients' needs
. . . you are ready for the what, why, and how of trauma-informed practice
. . . you are ready to transform your work

18-Credit virtual ceu series

moving beyond trauma-informed

- T. Dencker

An excellent course! A must have for working with traumatized children.

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THE what

"Moving Beyond Trauma-Informed" with Jessica Sinarski is a transformative 5-month course designed to fit into your busy work schedule. Jessica brings user-friendly neuroscience, skill-building, and a little playful connection into the virtual classroom. 

continuing education that improves Outcomes

THE Why

Any of these behaviors sound familiar? 

Any of these behaviors sound familiar? 

Parent burnout • Violent tantrums • Running away • Truancy • Defiance and Oppositionality • Inattention • Attachment delays/challenges • Aggression • Self-injury • Lying/Stealing/Hoarding

Parent burnout • Violent tantrums • Running away • Truancy • Defiance and Oppositionality • Inattention • Attachment delays/challenges • Aggression • Self-injury • Lying/Stealing/Hoarding

IT'S a brain thing!

These symptoms often can be traced back to underlying developmental trauma and brains that are short-circuiting to fight/flight/freeze responses. Dive into user-friendly brain science to increase your confidence and efficacy in these challenging therapeutic situations. 

GET THE SKILLS AND RESOURCES TO MEET YOUR CLIENTS' NEEDS

In addition to deepening your understanding of the path to healing, this course provides opportunities for applying that knowledge even in the face of complex trauma. It is a warm virtual experience full of collaboration, empowerment, and hope.

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Read the assigned chapter on your own time.

THE format

Bring your questions and observations to the zoom session.

Discuss and collaborate with colleagues.

Dig deeper into practical application with Jessica.

Receive any slides discussed, relevant resources for further information, and certificate of attendance following the session. 

THE details

the time:

the dates:

the who:

1-2pm ET / 10-11am PT
Meets 3 times per month, January through May
Anyone doing clinical work with children or youth who have experienced early life trauma
Social workers • Therapists • Psychologists • Adoption & Foster Care Professionals • Behavior interventionists • Counselors • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) specialists • Residential treatment center staff • Professionals working with juvenile offenders
Jan 17, 24, 31
Feb 14, 21, 28
Mar 13, 20, 25*
Apr 10, 17, 24
May 8, 15, 22
*Note - Our 9th session will be Monday March 25 instead of Wednesday
All dates subject to change.

Includes two booster sessions for added support and troubleshooting! (Dates TBD)


the books:

The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy (Hughes and Baylin)
Riley the Brave (Sinarski)

the cost:

$495

the topics:

the topics:

1. Framing treatment (Introduction)
  • Laying the foundation: attachment, trauma, and the brain
  • Why “restoring basic trust” should be your north star
  • Foundations for the course
  • An introduction to P.A.C.E.
2. Neurodynamics of attachment and caregiving (Chapter 1)
  • Core brain systems involved in treating developmental trauma
  • Trust-building with stressed brains
3. The brain’s survival strategies for poor care (Chapter 2)
  • Causes and impact of blocked trust
  • Safety blindness
  • Defiance, control, and the suppression of social connection (hint: these are often the “presenting concerns” bringing clients in for treatment)
4. Blocked trust and “downstairs brain moments”
  • Deeper dive into the brain’s survival strategies
  • Family-friendly framework 
  • Practice in small groups
5. An introduction to Blocked Care (Chapter 3)
  • Five parent brain systems
  • Recognizing and reducing blocked care 
6. Core processes of change in the parent/child dyad (Chapter 4)
  • Enriched care
  • Understanding and explaining parental roles (first comforter, friend, and boss)
  • The four R’s of neurological change (reversal learning, reconsolidation, reflection, reappraisal)
7. Trust-building in parent-child dyads (Chapter 5 – part 1)
  • Intersubjectivity and “mind-mindedness”
  • Affective-reflective dialogue
  • Mechanisms of change
8. Creating (S)PACE to parent (Chapter 5 – part 2)
  • Self-regulation
  • Playfulness
  • Acceptance
  • Curiosity
  • Empathy / Compassion

1. FRAMING TREATMENT (Introduction)
  • Laying the foundation: attachment, trauma, and the brain
  • Why “restoring basic trust” should be your north star
  • Foundations for the course
  • An introduction to P.A.C.E.
2. NEURODYNAMICS OF ATTACHMENT AND CAREGIVING (Chapter 1)
  • Core brain systems involved in treating developmental trauma
  • Trust-building with stressed brains
3. THE BRAIN'S SURVIVAL STRATEGIES FOR POOR CARE (Chapter 2)
  • Causes and impact of blocked trust
  • Safety blindness
  • Defiance, control, and the suppression of social connection (hint: these are often the “presenting concerns” bringing clients in for treatment)
4. BLOCKED TRUST AND "DOWNSTAIRS" BRAIN MOMENTS"
  • Deeper dive into the brain’s survival strategies
  • Family-friendly framework
  • Practice in small groups
5. AN INTRODUCTION TO BLOCKED CARE (Chapter 3)
  • Five parent brain systems
  • Recognizing and reducing blocked care
6. CORE PROCESSES OF CHANGE IN THE PARENT/CHILD DYAD (Chapter 4)
  • Enriched care
  • Understanding and explaining parental roles (first comforter, friend, and boss)
  • The four R’s of neurological change (reversal learning, reconsolidation, reflection, reappraisal)
7. TRUST-BUILDING IN PARENT-CHILD DYADS (Chapter 5 – part 1)
  • Intersubjectivity and “mind-mindedness”
  • Affective-reflective dialogue
  • Mechanisms of change
8. CREATING (S)PACE TO PARENT (Chapter 5 – part 2)
  • Self-regulation
  • Playfulness
  • Acceptance
  • Curiosity
  • Empathy / Compassion
9. RELATIONAL PROCESSES FOR FEAR EXTINCTION OF DEVELOPMENTAL TRAUMA (Chapter 6)
  • Synchrony and attunement
  • PACE review
  • “Inter-state travel” in the brain
  • Using positive surprise in therapeutic parenting and treatment
  • Finding windows of opportunity to build trust
10. HEALING STORIES (Chapter 7)
  • Reaching the Default Mode Network in both parent and child brains
  • Using voice and storytelling in treatment
  • Co-creation of meaning
  • Methods for nurturing client’s window of tolerance
11. UTILIZING PLAY IN TREATMENT (Chapter 8)
  • Play on the brain
  • Building trust and felt safety
  • Rediscovering hidden delightfulness
12. TREATING BLOCKED CARE (Chapter 9)
  • Using (S)PACE skills with parents
  • Permission to coach
  • Layers of therapy
  • Setting realistic expectations
13. WORKING WITH PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS
  • Case study
  • What is “resistance” really?
14. THERAPEUTIC PRESENCE (Chapter 10)
  • Polyvagal exercises for self and client
  • Supervision and brain-based self-care
  • Complementary therapeutic approaches
15. EXPANDING THE MODEL AND PUTTING IT IN PRACTICE (Chapter 11)
  • Group member presentations to review key content
  • Safety and the power of repair

PLUS:
  • Two booster sessions for added support and troubleshooting (Dates TBD)
9. Relational processes for fear extinction of developmental trauma (Chapter 6)
  • Synchrony and attunement
  • PACE review
  • “Inter-state travel” in the brain
  • Using positive surprise in therapeutic parenting and treatment
  • Finding windows of opportunity to build trust
10. Healing stories (Chapter 7)
  • Reaching the Default Mode Network in both parent and child brains
  • Using voice and storytelling in treatment 
  • Co-creation of meaning
  • Methods for nurturing client’s window of tolerance
11. Utilizing play in treatment (Chapter 8)
  • Play on the brain
  • Building trust and felt safety
  • Rediscovering hidden delightfulness
12. Treating blocked care (Chapter 9)
  • Using (S)PACE skills with parents
  • Permission to coach
  • Layers of therapy
  • Setting realistic expectations
13. Working with parents and caregivers 
  • Case study
  • What is “resistance” really?
14. Therapeutic presence (Chapter 10)
  • Polyvagal exercises for self and client
  • Supervision and brain-based self-care 
  • Complementary therapeutic approaches
15. Expanding the model and putting it in practice (Chapter 11)
  • Group member presentations to review key content
  • Safety and the power of repair

PLUS: 
  • Two booster sessions for added support and troubleshooting (Dates TBD)

The inside scoop

- P. Eldreth

It changed the way I do casework.

- J. Stanley

Very practical information that can be used in our day to day work, especially with our parents.

It completely informs the way I conceptualize and work with my cases. This course and the book have been so helpful in my career.

One of the best parts of MBTI was having Jessica and her wealth of knowledge at our fingertips. She provided a comfortable space for growth and I am very grateful for this experience.

- J. Durant

- C. Lakin

- G. Hammack

I am in awe of what I have been learning. Completely mind blowing! The more I learn about this the more gaps I see in different treatment modalities.

THE f.a.q.s

I am a parent. is this course for me?

I am a parent. is this course for me?

Unfortunately, far too many kids who have experienced trauma are not getting deeply trauma-informed treatment from their community providers. While this course is geared toward professionals, the information has been helpful for parent participants as well. One parent stated: This class has been life-changing. I wish all foster parents could have this type of training.

Please reach out to info@jessicasinarski.com with any additional questions.

Why moving beyond trauma-informed?

Why moving beyond trauma-informed?

Many professionals I work with have had training on trauma and the brain, but application is still murky. When we mix in attachment science, it can feel even more overwhelming. That is why this course exists. I have seen the profound impact of shifting to this brain-based practice, and I want to share that with you! 

When I started working with kids and families in the world of foster care and adoption, I realized I did not have the skills and knowledge I needed to do my job well. Good grades in graduate school didn’t prepare me for the messy world of generational trauma and grief that I was walking into. Then I found the power of “putting the brain in treatment.” I have been incredibly fortunate to work closely with clinical psychologist, author, and serious brain nerd Jonathan Baylin, Ph.D. After learning from him for a little while, we both realized we could do some fantastic work together. This course was born out of that partnership.

What will i learn?

What will i learn?

This course will help you apply the principles set forth in The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy (Baylin and Hughes, 2016). You will gain a framework for understanding the brain that you can take with you into your work with children, teens, and families. We will spend our time digging into the meat of each chapter of The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Treatment with an emphasis on putting it in practice. Each session builds on the last to create a rich continuing education experience with benefits that last a lifetime.

do i have to attend live?

do i have to attend live?

I highly encourage you to attend live to get the most out of the interactive elements of the training, but I understand unexpected obstacles sometimes arise. As a courtesy, a recording of each session will be available to view until the next one airs.

will i receive ceus?

will i receive ceus?

Continuing Education Certificates of Attendance will be provided in PDF format along with a handout on course material and my CV. While this has been sufficient for CEUs toward license updates in years past, we cannot guarantee that individual licensing boards will accept this certificate for continuing education credit.

Can i just purchase one or two sessions?

Can i just purchase one or two sessions?

Each session builds on the last, so single session purchase/participation is not possible. You won’t want to miss any sessions (that’s why we are making them available by recording between sessions). If you’re interested in topical trainings, send me an email and let me know what’s on your mind. Also, be sure to sign up for updates below to stay in the loop on all our latest webinars and events.

What is your Cancellation policy?

What is your Cancellation policy?

"Moving Beyond Trauma-Informed" is usually a sold out course. Registration secures your spot. Cancel by January 10, 2024 for a full refund, minus the $50 registration fee.

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