From Self-Compassion to Regulation-in-the-Moment: A Workshop for Mental Health Practitioners

Saturday, 18 March 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST

3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA, 98105, United States

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Saturday, 18 March 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST

Center for Child and Family Well-Being, 3903 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA, 98105, United States.


From Self-Compassion to Regulation-in-the-Moment:

A Workshop for Mental Health Practitioners

taught by Sharon Stanley, Ph.D.


March 18, 2017, 9am - 5pm



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. 



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 regulating 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, dydadic 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, judgement and helplessness regarding distressing behavior. With self-compassion comes an empowered ability to care for the self and others by regulating the autonomic nrevous 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 so they are able to achieve inner compassion, calm, creativity and productive social engagement.



The course fee is $190 which includes a Certificate of Completion for 6.5 hours for licensed psychologistsmarriage and family therapistsmental health counselors, and social workers  in Washington State. 


If you are interested in financial assistance, CCFW offers two options:

  • Income-based reduced fee of $160 available to individuals with an annual household income from all sources of $60,000 or less. For more details, please email 
  • A limited number of scholarships are available per course. To apply for a scholarship, please review criteria and complete the application form at  Note: Scholarship applicants will be notified no later than 3 weeks prior to the first day of class (2/25/17). Applicants must wait to register for the course until a decision has been made in order to qualify.  

Scholarships not currently available

If you are a UW Affiliate and have department approval to pay using a UW budget transfer, you may register for a 25% discount ($142.50). Please add your department budget number at check out.


Workshop Details


The workshop is Saturday, march 18, 2017, 9:00am-5:00pm. Participants will have a one-hour lunch break. There are places to eat within walking distance of CCFW. Or feel free to bring your own lunch: you are welcome to use the kitchen which has a regrigerator and a microwave. The workshop will be limited to 25 people.


About the Presenter

Sharon Stanley, Ph.D. is an educator and psychotherapist in the field of trauma and has developed creativ, 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, psychiatrist in Isreal 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:


Pay it Forward - Support the Scholarship Fund

If you are able to pay more for the course, we encourage you to consider donating to the Mindfulness Outreach Fund which allows CCFW to offer 50% and 100% scholarships to community members to aid in the cost of registration fees for mindfulness courses. Scholarships are awarded to increase accessibility of mindfulness and compassion training for individuals who have limited resources to obtain such training and to those who work in communities experiencing adversity. To make a donation to the scholarship fund, please visit


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel up to two weeks prior to the event (3/4/17), you will receive a full refund less a $5 processing fee. If you cancel within two weeks leading up to the event, you will receive a partial refund of 50% minus a $5 processing fee. Refunds cannot be granted on or after the day the class begins.


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Contact Information
Marcellina DesChamps
Associate Director of Programs
Center for Child & Family Well-Being
Office: 206.221.8508

University of Washington Center for Child & Family Well-being

The Center for Child and Family Well-Being promotes positive development for children and families by translating research for practical application.We share knowledge through education, professional training and outreach to the community.

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