Principles of Holding Space for Trauma

Principles of Holding space for trauma: a one day introduction to what trauma informed care is and why it matters

The concept of Trauma Informed Care is getting more attention and importance in all levels of health care. From trauma research there is a growing body of evidence how trauma affects someone’s health, coping mechanisms and how the care someone receives is important for their wellbeing and healing. This is particularly true for people in the full perinatal period, from preconception into the postpartum period and parenthood.
Becoming pregnant, giving birth and having a newborn; each stage has its own challenges and potential triggers for known or unknown trauma that has been stored in the body to possibly be activated. The trauma can vary from single-event trauma, like a car-accident; to complex trauma like sexual abuse, disregulated attachement. During this day we explore and dissect how we would classify birth trauma; as a single event trauma or as complex trauma?
In this one-day introduction workshop we lay out the principles of what trauma is, how it affects the body and mind, why trauma informed care matters and what it in broad lines looks like. You walk away with a clear understanding of the difference between a general mode of listening and being present, to being with someone who holds (disclosed or undisclosed) trauma in their body.
You will have more awareness around the nuances of trauma and trauma informed care, and a good starting point to join the 3-day Holding Space for Trauma – Diving Deeper.


For whom?
The course is accessible for both student and certified professionals: midwives, gynaecologists, kraamverzorgenden, doulas, counselors, childbirth educators and bodyworkers.

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About the course facilitators

Ilena Standring

Ilena is a full spectrum trauma informed doula, coach and consultant. Having been a peer counsellor since adolescence; Ilena became a certified coach in 2012 and in 2014 became a trauma specialised doula. Having worked extensively supporting clients and families who have experienced various traumas for over seven years, and having personally worked extensively on her own post traumatic growth; Ilena is compelled to speak openly and hopefully about trauma and trauma informed care for pregnant, birthing and postpartum people. 

Prior to becoming a doula; Ilena worked in HR and consulted across various organisations at management and executive board level. She continues to consult for global corporates on the varying impact of the transition people make as they become parents.

By unravelling trauma taboos in open and accessible settings she aspires to move the conversation around trauma away from pathology and into one of strength, resilience, hope and empowerment. 

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Joyce Hoek-Pula

Joyce is a doula, masseuse and childbirth educator with 20 years of experience working with pregnant people. She has been mentoring and teaching doulas since 2012 and is a co-owner at BiA Training.

Joyce has been fascinated by trauma and its impact on pregnancy and birth from early on in her career and has followed different courses to deepen her understanding. She is moved by the resilience of birthing people, and is dedicated to improving their experiences, both by supporting women and their partners during pregnancy and birth as well as by helping to change the paradigm of our birth culture.

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Date: TBA
Time: 9.30 doors open, training from 10am – 5.30pm

Location: Naar Zee Stadsoase, Bert Haanstrakade 102, Amsterdam IJburg

Regular: €175,-
Students: €150,-

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Accreditation: NBvD is applied for / Cluster D points for KNOV-members upon receiving certificate of completion (6,5 hours)

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